My girlfriend enjoys vinyl, and I'm looking to replace her recently broken hifi. Whilst she isn't an audiophile, she really enjoys the aesthetic and that 'vinyl' feel that I'm sure doesn't need describing here!
I have a budget of around £200 ideally: that's for a turntable plus amp & speakers. I appreciate this isn't a lot; my objective is to get her listening to her records again, she'll never have an interest in building a hifi system, and has an acute lack of space for one as well! With that in mind, I have a few ideas, and would greatly appreciate some feedback.Amp / Speakers:
Avoid amp altogether to save money and physical spaceAudioengine A2
These sound really solid for the price (around £140) - will be perfectly fine for her, and major upgrade from her prev. system.Turntable:
This is where I run out of any expertise. From what I can see, the Pro-ject Essential
is the best entry level turntable. Though, it doesn't have an onboard phono stage - could this be a hiccup? Advice appreciated.
These two items are a little bit outside of my range together - the other option I thought was to trawl ebay for second hand turntables