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As far as “entry level” turntables are concerned, Pro-Ject Carbon Debut’s are always a solid bet. I had one for nearly a decade with an Ortofon Blue 2M MM. It was more than enough as I learned how to properly collect and play vinyl. You can find them used cheap online.

Gearbox Records out of the UK recently collaborated with Pro-Ject on a small footprint plug-n-play that sounds fantastic and has some neat features, fwiw

https://store.gearboxrecords.com/pages/turntable

On Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 5:04 PM, Thomas Stern <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> A member of the younger generation has asked about turntables and vinyl -
> wonder what is currently available moderately priced with
>
> reasonably good sound ?????
>
> noticed a couple of "Bluetooth" turntables (Sony, Audio-Technica - $150
> price) which can connect to conventional audio system using built-in
>
> preamp, and also directly to Bluetooth speaker/headphone devices.
>
> Some comments indicate using Bluetooth does NOT give
>
> particularly pleasing sound (which was what many look for from vinyl).\ The
> ability to connect to a Computer sound card and
>
> transfer the recordings is attractive feature - have not read any comments
> about how good that is.
>
> Anyone have experience with these ????
>
> What are the alternatives ???
>
> If one were to buy an "audio system" that we used in the old days, one would
> need turntable, cartridge, preamp, amp/receiver, speakers -
>
> which would be a lot more expensive ???
>
> Are there any good compact audio systems - all in one speakers, receiver,
> turntable ??
>
> A primary requirement is the need for a tone arm/cartridge which does not
> destroy the vinyl.
>
> appreciate any information, suggestions.
>
> THANKS! Thomas.