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For a turntable at the low end you really need at least $400. I really like the Music Hall 2.2 and the Rega RP1. If you must spend less look at the $300 or so Audio Technica tables LP-120s. http://www.needledoctor.com/Audio-Technica-LP120-USB-Turntable?sc=7&category=906 But you get much more sound at the $400 range and get close to good quality digital when done right. Also a general rule of thumb, the more on the table, the nicer the included needle/cartridge which...
At $500 for integrated and $500 for speakers I would look at used Rotel or NAD gear. Both are great. For speakers, look at Magnepan MMGs, Paradigm or PSB monitors, or audioengine speakers. MMGs are really terrific for the money. I friend of mine just got a pair of these and they sound excellent... http://www.magnepan.com/model_MMG Free 30 day in-home trial as well so you can hear them in your own room which is important for...
PSB speakers and Rotel?
Try to scrape together enough dough for a Rega RP1 or a Music Hall 2.2. Great tables for the money. Below the $400 mark things get sketchy.
Looks great!
Nice setup. I'm using the Mac Mini as a server into the Benchmark DAC1 Pre via Audioquest Diamong usb. I was surprised to experience that usb cables sound different. Tried several but the Diamond is the best so far. Will get an iPad with the 3 comes out.Also, I am experimenting now with the Izotope upsampling algorithm. It really does improve sound quality of CD material.
These are good but also look at the new budget Hifiman cans. If you can find some used Grado RS-2s in this range then that would be ideal. I use Grados for my professional classical recordings. They sound more accurate than Senns on string instruments.
I only have used the ALO Rx II Tactical Edition but its around $500. It is awesome. There is both a nuforce amp and an Audioengine amp that are good. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57364964-47/audioengines-terrific-tiny-usb-dac-headphone-amp/?tag=txt;title
A great, classic speaker. Very smooth midrange.
I like the Rega P3. Good table for the money.
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