This is my first post. I'm really excited to have stumbled upon this community. I have been collecting vinyl since I was but a boy but am finally in a place where I can start investing in my system and you all seem like the right people to consult. I've been really impressed, though intermittently overwhelmed, by all the information on this site. Much of it is over my head but I'm a quick learner.
So here's my current system:
-Harman/Kardon AVR 635 (75 watts x 7 high-current amplification)
-Pair of Polk RTi4
-Audio Technica AT-LP60 (which I hate the sound of and works only
-[Non-functional] Technics SL-1900 (the level arm won't cue down, is this
worth trying to fix?)
This was what got me through college. Finally on the other side of that and am saving some money for a more distinguished and stereophile.com worthy system. After writing this list it would appear to me that the best thing to do would be to invest in a reliable turntable. I've been thinking Pro-Ject Debut III but leaning more towards MMF 2.2(LE) or the Rega RP1.
After that I'm lost. I think replacing the Polk RTi4s makes the most sense because the H/K has enough power to keep two higher end speakers going, yeah? What do you all think? Is there a part of this equation that I am completely neglecting. This will be an on-going project so I'd say that eventually I'd be willing to spend up to $2,500. Is a preamp a good idea?
One last thing, recently saw a REGA P1 WITH ORTOFON CARTRIDGE for $300 gently used. Appears to be in good shape. Worth hopping on?
Thanks very much to all of you who take the time to help me on this wondrous journey. I am very much looking forward to learning more and seeing what you all come up with. I would love links/advice on learning more about the basics of building a system. I studied science pretty heavily so I think I remember the basic physical nature of sound waves, speaker placement, etc. but that has yet to translate into too much when it comes to finding the right gear.