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Hello, So I am new to the market and as I have been diving into the market I have been overwhelmed by how many options there are out there. So I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice and feedback on what brands I want to stay away from and look at. Possible models and whatever other info you can supply me with.

First off some information about what I will be using this for. Right now it will be mostly for music, BUT in a year or two I will be making it part of my full entertainment system. This will be when I get a new TV, and all that fun stuff. My price range is 300-500 dollars. I would like at least 7.1 but I could settle for a 5.1 also it will be mostly playing records right now. (I'm a collector and am using a very old system handed down to me from my father).

If you need more information feel free to ask.

THANK!
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Oh and the turn table I am getting does not use phono.
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I do not understand that ( "does not use phono").

Do you mean that the turntable has its own phono preamp stage and so you don't need a receiver that has one?

A turntable MUST either have its own phono preamp stage, OR the receiver needs to have one OR you can get a stand-alone phono preamp, but ALL cartridges require a phono preamp stage, one way or the other.

No phono cartridge can be directly connected to an amplifier without one.

A phono preamp has both extra gain and an RIAA equalization filter, and they are absolutely necessary

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Originally Posted by ClevelandOwnz View Post

Oh and the turn table I am getting does not use phono.

I suggest that you consider the Harmon-Kardon AVR 1700 receiver, which has very good sound quality and many nice features. Amazon has it for less than $400.
Edited by commsysman - 1/26/13 at 9:06am
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http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_y


not very sure, I am VERY new to all of this. The one I am getting is posted above.


However, I was looking at the Yamaha RX-V573, but after reading some things on here it looks like a lot of people are turned off by Yamaha. What do you suggest?
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Yamaha tends to be the most reliable of the major brands but you'll find detractors for every brand including Onkyo, HK, Denon, Yamaha, Sony, Pioneer, Marantz, etc.

You're only going to use the analog stereo inputs on whatever receiver you buy for a while so I doubt the issues you may read about will affect you.

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB-Direct-Drive-Professional-Turntable/dp/B002S1CJ2Q/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_y
Never seen a turntable with switchable USB/Line Level output but I haven't purchased a turntable in about 20 years. Still have my old turntable in the box in my closet. With a 4.5 rating and 256 reviews this is a popular device.
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

I do not understand that ( "does not use phono").

Do you mean that the turntable has its own phono preamp stage and so you don't need a receiver that has one?

A turntable MUST either have its own phono preamp stage, OR the receiver needs to have one OR you can get a stand-alone phono preamp, but ALL cartridges require a phono preamp stage, one way or the other.

No phono cartridge can be directly connected to an amplifier without one.

A phono preamp has both extra gain and an RIAA equalization filter, and they are absolutely necessary
I suggest that you consider the Harmon-Kardon AVR 1700 receiver, which has very good sound quality and many nice features. Amazon has it for less than $400.

$199 @ Frys.
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