Looking to get (back, after many years) into vinyl, and I am wondering about how to select a turntable. I have MBL 101's, and would like a vinyl rig to complement that big sound. Looking at $8-$12K price point for the table.
It's fairly easy with amps and other components, and Harder, but manageable for speakers - bring them home and throw them into your system.
But how do you deal with turntables, considering setup is involved?
And furthermore, how do you take into account the different components that along with the turntable can affect the sound - cartridge, phono preamp, and arm? How do you "disentagle" the signature left by these components?
Is there a better option than going to dealers and shows, listening in unfamiliar systems, and listening to the salespitch?