Hi all, I'm really new to this and was hoping to get advice about an amplifier or receiver for an entry-level turntable system.
I was initially looking at getting the NAD C316BEE Integrated Amplifier but after going to the store, it seems I still need a separate preamp to allow for a phono input.
Instead the store suggested the Yamaha R-S500 that was on a special After Christmas sale and I was able to get it $100 off. This has a built-in Phono Stage among other inputs (CD, Radio, etc.). It has 75W high power output. I'm living in a fairly small studio apartment so a lot of power isn't necessarily what I need.
I like the idea of getting an amplifier/receiver with a built-in phono stage but I've read so many great things about the NAD C316BEE as an entry-level integrated amp that it's hard to ignore. I'm primarily going to use it for a turntable setup and could live without the receiving capabilities. So in short, is it worth it to grab the NAD C316BEE plus the necessary preamp instead of this Yamaha receiver for better sound quality?
I spent 400CAD on the Yamaha receiver and the NAD is going for about the same price. Looking to stay within the same budget if you do suggest something other than these two components.