Guess being new to something here is bad
By your own admission you admitted to being ignorant of major aspects of vinyl playback, therefore I thought it pertinent to ask a newcomer to the technology: why?
If you have no source material, do you intend to purchase new or used? I have seen new vinyl go for as much as 50$, and with used one, even when cleaned, expect a lot of surface noise.
I have played back vinyl for the last 45 years, and still have four sets of functional and not inexpensive turntables with the preamps. The preamp is necessary (unless build into the reciver) to correct for the RIAA compression (or equalization).
I still have around 2000 Lps, but my playback, also running a music server, is limited to hours per month, usually only to music I do not have a digital copy of, and I still purchase used vinyl.
I found in contrast to others the sound not warmer or more engaging, there is the surface noise to deal with, electrostatic charging and attraction of dust during playback, keeping the vinyl clean after initially cleaning...if you do not really take care of your records and are willing to spend the time - forget it. It is not plug and play.
Take it as as maybe unwelcome advice by someone who has a lot of experience with the technology. I have seen too many who excitedly went into vinyl, spending thousands of dollars for the new toy only to sell everything off after a few years or even months. I like vinyl despite its failings, having grown up with it. That Transcriptor in my avatar I own since 1971, and now sports an sme 2 arm with a denon dl 160, where it before had an acos with an ortofon for many yearsEdited by kraut - 10/11/12 at 7:14am