I’m putting my system back together after a move and want to do some minor changes up to new components if you knowledgeable folks deem them wise! Budget is capped at $1,000, including a decent equipment rack/table and two speaker stands. I normally split my listening time about 50/50 between vinyl and CDs, and most of my music is classic and hard rock.
Receivers: Sony STR-DE305, or a Sherwood RX-4103? The Sony has a phono preamp.
Speakers: Cambridge Soundworks Model Six
CD player: Sony CDP-XE500 single player. I like it as it has a remote and is programmable.
Turntable: Denon DP-26F fully automatic in need of a new drive belt. It has a defeatable preamp. I like fully automatic or semi-automatic tables, but that is secondary to sound. Leaning toward the new Orbit, depending on when it’s available and a Stephen Meijas review.
Phono cartridge: no idea, want to limit the budget to $100. Turntable must have a preinstalled cartridge, I’ve read enough horror stories on cartridge setup!
Speaker stands: on the suggestion of a poster, want heavy, metal stands and not wood ones that are prevalent here in the Seoul, South Korea audio markets.
Speaker cables: looking for cables with installed connectors. Speakers have binding posts, while both receivers have simple spring clips. Are pin connectors acceptable for both ends?
Vinyl cleaner: an old Orbitrac 2 with rubber mats and a rotating brush. Any suggestions?
Room and acoustics: room is about 16 X 14 feet, ceilings are only 8 feet and walls are hard, cement or concrete. Only furniture is a large couch opposite the system location. Speakers will be placed about 10 feet apart.
System placement: the system will be on a rack/table along with a 46 inch LCD flat screen, a modem, a router and a satellite TV box. Can these other components create interference?