I'm new to vinyl, and after visiting a Hi Fi show and being totally blown away by the sound of a few very expensive systems I've decided to make the plunge and by a turntable.
The turntable will be feeding a pair of active speakers from Meridian (M30s), which raises my first question. Whats the best option for me to hook it up as I need something with a volume control but remember that the speakers have their own amps built in with no volume dial? My only source at the moment is a music streamer (logitech squeezebox) which has its own volume.
Secondly, I want to spend no more than £300 on the turntable and whatever phono stage etc you think I'll need. I have no issue with going with a used turntable. I like the look of the Pro-ject Genie, and also the look of the classic Thorens. I know its not a lot of money, but thats the boat I find myself in.
Hi and welcome to the forum.
You have very nice speakers, so 70% of your sound quality is already assured. I would recommend you to get a quality used turntable, for example a Thorens TD125 or TD160, or one of the Technics SL-1200/1300/1400/1500/1600/1700, or similar.
Then depending on the arm you'll get cartridge suggestions; a good, moderatedly priced hi-fi cartridge can be the Audio-Technica AT120E, or the Denon DL110, for example.
For volume control you can just buy any integrated amplifier that has a "Pre out" output. Most hi-quality integrated amplifiers of the 70s and 80s had two "pre-out/main-in" connectors. You would simply connect the "pre-out" to your Meridian speakers, and then you have the amplifier's volume control, tone controls, phono preamp, etc.