Thanks to Selden Ball for your reply. Sounds like I’ll just stick with the optical cables. It’s the way they were hooked up previously and they sounded pretty good to me.
Regarding the turntable question, I’m well within the 6’ distance between the receiver and where the turntable would likely end up. So I’ll likely use the phono input on the Marantz. Btw, I’m assuming the receiver would have a higher quality phono preamp than one that is built into a turntable, wouldn’t it? Anyway, I’ll probably go that route should I actually decide to go through with it. I completely agree with your comment, btw, as I’ve been having the same reservations about going back to vinyl, with all of its intricacies in selecting the perfect stylus, platter, LPs etc. It just seems a waste to still have all my albums in a closet, kept in good condition, and not being used. Anyway, time will tell.
Wanted to ask about your user name (Selden Ball). Anything to do with Selden, Long Island? Used to live in NY, too. Brooklyn born but eventually moved out to Nassau County .Just curious, lol. Thanks again for the feedback😊