Looking for advice on purchasing turntable and necessary hardware
I'm wanting to get into listening to vinyl records, but I have no knowledge on what makes a turntable good, nor do I really know what additional hardware I'll need to utilize a turntable. I've done a little bit of research, and I've generally gotten two different opinions: 1) vintage turntables are overall superior to modern ones, and 2) that statement is complete malarkey. I'd honestly rather believe the second opinion since vintage turntables seem quite a bit harder to come by, but I don't know what to believe since, well, I have no knowledge with this stuff.
I really want to buy used since I'm guessing the total cost would be too pricey for me if I bought everything new (and I'll need *everything,* even speakers). I would prefer the expenses to stay below $300. I probably won't use the system too heavily, so I'd imagine $300 is a decent budget.
My request at this point is that I get some advice on what brands of turntables I should be searching for (and maybe I could get some assistance in the searching) as well as advice for the additional hardware.
Any and all assistance is appreciated!
P.S. I assume for turntables this forum is the correct one to post in... if not, I apologize. :P