So, I've decided I want to give analog a shot. I have a BUNCH of old LPs I've inherited from various sources, and think I would enjoy listening to them as they were originally heard :) Plus I'm nostalgic for the days I found the White Album in my parents basement and listened to it for the first time on their old turntable.. man.
That said, i've been trolling around trying to learn, but have a few questions and would like a few suggestions.
Firstly, since I'm really just "trying this out," whatever player I buy for now I'd like to be like 100 bucks (ebay price...), plus a decent cartridge. That way I don't invest that much into something that I'm not even sure if I'll stick with, if that makes sense. So I've looked at a few "budget" models that seems pretty reasonable. There are a couple of technics SL-BD22's on ebay for around a hundred. I've also seen the Audio-Technica PL50, which is nice because it includes the preamp (my H/K doesn't have a phono input). The Denon DP-29F also looks OK, same reasons as the Audio-Technica, plus name recognition :)
Anyways, so any thoughts on those or similar type alternatives would be nice.
My other questions were :
- What is the significance of a P-Mount, and is it important at the level I'm at?
- Belt vs Direct drive, same question?
Thanks for any help or advice.