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tewingate
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Help with pairing turntable/preamp/speakers

I've been researching for a while, and I was down to the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon or the Rega RP1. I'm pretty sure I've decided on the Debut Carbon after reading a couple of good reviews, but now I'm having trouble picking out a preamp (or amp, receiver, anything that's going to give me power) and speakers. I'd like to keep everything under $1000, so that leaves me some room to get a nice entry level system going.

Sonos speakers have peaked my interest because of their ability to stream music to multiple locations which is something I plan to upgrade to sometime after this initial investment, so if anyone knows anything about hooking phono up to sonos, please share.

But right now I'm looking for a decent entry+ level preamp and speakers. I mostly listen to classic rock, blues rock, motown, and 90s alternative. Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Led Zeppelin, Oasis, the White Stripes, etc...

-Evan

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Music Direct has your turntable on sale for $300
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Right on budget
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Awesome, thanks for the links

Awesome, thanks for the links. I'm really considering purchasing the phono stage above because I've read nothing but good reviews. What are would be some other good options for speakers and integrated amps?

Also, i have a 2.1 soundbar and sub that I use with my TV that also has an RCA input. Would the level be loud enough to go straight from the phono stage to the soundbar without the need for an integrated amp at this time? I know the sound will be nothing compared to a separate amp and speakers, but then once I upgrade I'd really be able to hear and appreciate the difference in sound quality.

Sorry if I'm asking dumb questions, I'm just trying to wrap my head around all this new information and hoping y'all can help me process it a little easier lol

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tewingate wrote:

Awesome, thanks for the links. I'm really considering purchasing the phono stage above because I've read nothing but good reviews. What are would be some other good options for speakers and integrated amps?

Also, i have a 2.1 soundbar and sub that I use with my TV that also has an RCA input. Would the level be loud enough to go straight from the phono stage to the soundbar without the need for an integrated amp at this time? I know the sound will be nothing compared to a separate amp and speakers, but then once I upgrade I'd really be able to hear and appreciate the difference in sound quality.

Sorry if I'm asking dumb questions, I'm just trying to wrap my head around all this new information and hoping y'all can help me process it a little easier lol

The Music Hall 15.3 integrated amplifier is an outstanding one that is only $550 from Audio Advisor and others.

That would be my first choice. It includes a good phono preamp, so that would save the expense of buying one separately.

The improvement over the soundbar will be huge; a soundbar is really not a very good way to go.

For speakers, I suggest a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 speakers. Sterephile reviewed them; you can read that here in the "Reviews" section above. They are $350 from Music Direct.

Another good set of speakers would be the Cambridge Audio SX-50 speakers, which are only $250 per pair.

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