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Old 03-08-2021, 12:41 PM
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Hey, folks...

My daughter is wanting to get a "minimalist" setup to play some vinyl...use some speakers with the amp built in to forgo the use of a separate amp...?

Does anyone have any suggestions of what's on the market today, that would get her a quality sound without breaking the bank? She doesn't want to entertain/disturb the neighborhood, just listen to her music...

Does anyone make a good setup of turntable and matched speakers, or would it be better to purchase separately?

And I know quality isn't cheap, but I'd like to stay somewhat budget minded...

Any advise or suggestions will be greatly appreciated...
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Old 03-08-2021, 01:09 PM
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Well, the crux of your search is "speakers with the amp built in".....

The best "bang for buck" would be finding some good used gear (not necessarily vintage) You can find a lot of really nice used receivers on Craigslist that have phono stages in them for the turntable.

Obviously the same for the speakers. In the last year I've picked up a great Denon receiver and a great pair of Polk bookshelfs for about 70.00 total. If you are watchful, you can find something similar I'm sure.

I'd personally recommend buying a new table rather than used. Just too many variables regarding how long it may last, being set up properly, needing to change cartridge or stylus etc.

There are a lot of good quality new turntables out there in the 300.00 range. Audio Advisor has a few to choose from normally. Some even have the preamp built in - like this one:

https://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinf...number=MHMMF13

which would allow you to go with the powered speakers. Audio Engine makes a line that are popular. These types of speakers normally have small bass drivers and won't have the room filling sound without some kind of subwoofer.
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Old 03-08-2021, 05:54 PM
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Todd covered most of the issues. A decent entry-level turntable from Pro-Ject or Music Hall will start around $300. Schitt makes a very good phono preamp for around $100. In the sub-$500 range the only powered speakers that I have liked are Audioengine. But they don't offer much bass. A couple years ago I put together a system for my then teenage daughter consisting of a Rega P1 turntable mated with a Rotel integrated amplifier and a pair of small Energy speakers, all used. Total outlay was around $600. Sounded pretty good, all things considered.
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Old 03-08-2021, 06:18 PM
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Another vote for a traditional receiver/turntable/speakers component setup - I'd be looking at something like this:

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_779AXR...dio-AXR85.html
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_823USB...all-USB-1.html
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_107SIG...wn-Walnut.html
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Old 03-09-2021, 09:43 AM
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I got a pair of Peachtree M25 powered speakers for streaming in my bedroom, They have a phono input (which I haven’t used), and a nice sound. Very convenient and they have a remote. Paired with a Project or U-Turn Audio turntable it would be fine for a small room.

To really enjoy vinyl I agree with the advice to get vintage amp and speaker system from Craigslist, and a turntable from the companies above. There’s just something about vinyl played through component speakers with 10” or 12” woofers. audiokarma.org is a good source for info about vintage speakers and amps.
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As others have stated, you can find some pretty nice audio gear on Craigslist or Ebay. Also check local thrift shops. Virtually all vintage receivers have a phono input. You can fine a nice Kenwood, Radio Shack, JVC, etc for well under $100 used. Used speakers can easily be found - even new ones aren't that expensive unless you get into very high end stuff. Turntables are now a hot item, so you might have to spend a little more here. I would peruse Ebay just to see whats out there.
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You would be amazed at the high quality audio gear I've picked up from scouting the Goodwill stores.
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Thanks for all the great tips, guys...I'm on the hunt...
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Check out the "Audiogon" website

Just like Reverb,all of the sellers have ratings.
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Another good resource for information is the Audiokarma forum.
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Or for those that are not looking for a big quality setup, there are the all-in-one players:

https://www.amazon.com/3-Speed-Vinta...%2C223&sr=8-18

Something like this got me through college in the late 60s.
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One thing audiophiles seem to be afflicted with is "NGD" (New gear day) they are constantly buying new improved speakers-turntables-amps ad infinitum. So the advice given in the above responses, to buy used, seem to be the best way to go. Make sure to bring along one of the aforementioned cognoscenti to guide you to a decent "starter set"!

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