Originally Posted by Johnla
It depends a lot on what type of cartridge you intend to use with the turntable.
If you are using a MM cartridge, no nothing special is needed, it would pretty much be plug and play.
But if you are using a very low output MC cartridge, then no, you would also need something to boost up the output level of the cartridge. Although there are some high output MC cartridges available, that can be used without needing something else to boost up their output level
I have a Benz Micro high output MC and it works fine. (plug and play!) - although it is a little quiet.
Just make sure you pick a cartridge that works well with your arm type (check whether you need high or low compliance).
In terms of selecting cartridge:
1) Moving Magnet (MM)- Plug and play, range from cheap and nasty to very very good - lowest price bracket and easy changeable styli
2) Moving Iron (MI)- same requirements as MM - so plug and play - bottom of these tend to be much better than bottom range MM, top range are competitive with the best of the MC's
3) Moving Coil (MC) - because they have so little mass moving they are very sensitive and resolving beast - as a result of which they have very low voltages, which require additional amplification - which in turn can introduce colouration and distortion. - Lots of excellent and EXPENSIVE high end stuff in this category
4) Moving Coil (MC) High Output. - Still a moving coil, but by using more coils/metal length in the system they achieve higher output and are therefore Plug and Play just like the MM's and MI's (although their output is a little lower so they will sound somewhat quieter) - due to additional moving mass as a result they are theoretically slightly less resolving than Low Output Moving Coils. - On the other hand they don't require and additional amp stage, with its associated drawbacks - so what you lose on the swings you may gain on the roundabouts. - Price range is similar to other MC's as is the Quality range.
Good luck with your choice.... you might also want to look at:http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/daveyw/cartridges/