I want to buy my husband a completely entry level set up for Christmas. I don't want to buy anything that's going to be complete crap or ruin the vinyl we already have, but I don't want to spend a lot until I'm 100% sure he's going to really use the set up, since his digital music collection is outrageously large. I'm pretty set on buying this turntable:
I've heard it's the best you can get under the $300. But I'm totally clueless about everything else. I see there's a built in pre-amp. Do I need to buy anything else besides speakers just to make it play? Can someone recommend a similarly affordable-but-decent pair of bookshelf speakers to get him started? I have every intention of upgrading his equipment later so this is all just for him to try and it make sure he really likes the format before dropping some serious cash.