As mentioned above, a TT from Rega and Project are a good place to start. They offer units in your price range that are pretty much plug-and-play.
If you decide that you want to go deeper into vinyl, the rabbit hole goes very deep.
Alan Shaw recommends solid state in the range of 100wpc. I think the Harbeths will be with me a long time so I'd like to treat them properly. Use will be primarily in the near field.
Looking at the Diablo, and others.
I'm investigating integrated amplifiers to power my new Harbeth Monitor 30.2 Anniversary Editions.
Do we have any Diablo owners in the group? I'd appreciate your comments.
Edit: Specifically the Diablo 120.
Thanks for the links. Based on this information I will need to add the 30.1s to the mix. You certainly are correct that there are other options in this price range. I'll investigate the other contenders that my dealer may offer.
After a visit to my dealer yesterday I think my LS50s will soon be in his possession. The Harbeth 30.2s or Compact 7s are in my future. The decision will take more audition time.
As to the desktop, a Schiit Jotunheim and a pair of Sennheiser HD 800s are my preferred method of listening.
I think Amir has a pretty thick skin. He has run afowl on other forms as well. If I'm correct, I believe he has his own home forum. He fights on the hill of objectivity. I suppose that there is nothing wrong in that. I was the same way in my career, but not so much in my private life. Age has...
Looks like a while since anyone has had much to say about the LS50s. I mentioned in my introduction that they were my main speakers, primarily due to space limitations. Well, today I visited my local brick and mortar stereo store and had a listen to Harbeth 30.2s. Suddenly my LS50s don't sound...
A news report here in So Cal suggested that vinyl sales are trending to overtake CD sales in 2020. A vinyl salesman interviewed said many of his vinyl customers are in their 20s and early 30s. Only time will tell.
I'm old enough to remember listening to FM radio as my primary source of music. Purchase of vinyl came as a result of this listening.
Now, it's nearly 100% streaming, with CDs and some vinyl purchased as a result. No downloads. I have to have the physical media.
I've been around for about a week so I guess I better introduce myself.
Name obviously is Rick. Age is nearly 70. Time flies when you're having fun.
I had an interest in electronics and technology from an early age. Studied electronics in college and got my first job doing QC and...
The old SAE amps I worked on had two output transistors per side, large heat sinks on the rear. Inside were two small pcbs and two humongous transformers. Good for 120wpc. I forget the price. That was about fifty years ago.:p
I'm an avid reader of TAS and Stereophile, but much I read about and see here is beyond the scope of those two publications.
Is there a print publication that has better coverage of the type of gear discussed here??