Starting from Scratch
I haven't had a working stereo system for quite some time, but I'd like to get one, largely to listen to my vinyl. I wound up taking my old Philips 877 Direct Control turntable to a local repair shop, but they want over $250 to repair it, and I'm pretty sure I'd be much better just buying another turntable (not sure if I'd go new or vintage).
The system would be in the basement and would not be integrated with the TV upstairs, so I'm not looking to create a home theater setup.
I also have an old Philips receiver, but it would need some repair work, too.
My budget is to be as close to $1,000 as possible. Is that realistic? I don't need super-sophisticated audiophile gear, but I still want good sound. Here are my questions:
Which is best (also keeping in mind my budget): a turntable with pre-amp, a receiver with pre-amp, or a stand-alone pre-amp?
Is direct drive or a belt-driven turntable better?
I also plan to digitize some of my vinyl and cassettes. What are good ways of accomplishing this? (I already have a cassette deck.)
I would also like to use this system to stream music from the Internet and my PC. Should I get this capability in the receiver, or is it better to get another component for that. Which is more common for this: Bluetooth or WiFi?
I'm sure I'll have other questions! I look forward to all your feedback.
I'm open to new, vintage, or a mix of the two. Thanks in advance!