denon dp300f is what you want. its a great turntable. it sounds to me you want an automatic. very rich, very vibrant. they are extremely nice to handle, i have seen them in person. with the exception of the needle id say its just as solid as any project debut 3. but needles, cartridges, all can be changed, and in all honesty are meant to be changed. all the stores are always sold out of the denon dp300f.
if you entertain a lot and play a lot of records with people over automatic is by far the way to go. here's why: are you going to be paying attention to when the record is over? no, you get lost in the atmosphere. the denon also has manual features for ease of use.
it sounds to me like you want an automatic. dont let words like "entry level" make you think they arent up to par. entry level is really $100 sony turntables, and if you love the warm vinyl sound over cd or sacd, you dont have to worry, the denon dp300f, as well as the project debut 3 and rega rp1 all sound better than any sacd player i ever heard, and i have heard a lot of them in some pretty good set ups. but again thats because i like vinyl.
if you just want a good turntable to play some old vinyl you have and want automatic get the denon dp300f. the dp300f has a built in phono stage.
if you want a good turntable to play and enjoy and listen to vinyl on a regular basis and want that nice warm sound that makes some people gag at the thought of sacd, go get a bellari tube pre amp and woooooooow will you be happy.
here is a link for the denon: http://www.needledoctor.com/Denon-DP...2&category=348
here is a link for the denon with upgraded cartridge: http://www.needledoctor.com/Denon-DP...=2&category=46
here is a link for the bellari pre amp: http://www.needledoctor.com/Bellari-...category=35445