Hello all, my first post here, long time lurker first time member. I have done a bit of research as I am wanting to start playing around with vinyl and just wanted to get my thoughts out and get some feedback as I am not really sure about how vinyl turntables work these days (only ever seen my old man's about 25 years ago, broke his needle and he never let me forget it).
I have some money to spend but at the same time, as it is a new interest, I would prefer to go cheaper first and perhaps have another look at replacement in the future (the boss says I waste my money on 5 min fads).
Reading on here I have decided to get the Audio Technica LP120 turntable. From there it gets a little hazy. Also, as I may be ordering online I might get a new cartridge at the same time. Is it best to go with a Shure M97xE?
I currently have an Onkyo 515 receiver with Jamo speakers. My receiver has a powered zone 2 output so I was thinking of getting a pair of KEF LS50 speakers just to listen to the music from the second zone. Is this advisable or should I just stick with existing speakers?
I am confused with the connection from the turntable to the receiver, as the turntable has a preamp built in, do I need to buy anything else to go between the turntable and the receiver? Further, is a 7.2 channel home theatre receiver suitable for listening to vinyl? or should I get a dedicated amplifier? (That would call in a whole new round of research).
to summarise my rant:
1. at the bare minimum can I just buy the turntable, connect it to my receiver and listen? Is replacing the cartridge immediately recommended?
2. Do I need to buy other things to connect it?
3. Would it be best to get a dedicated amp and speakers and set it up in another room?
4. on a side note, does anyone know if the arm on this turntable returns automatically at the end of a record?
thanks in advance for any advice.