I'm liking the idea of looking at getting a turntable to play vinyl.
However, there is a problem. I currently have a A/V receiver (an Onkyo TX-NR609, already had HDMi board fail and replaced, Thanks Avalon!) and that doesn't have the Phono inputs.
I could get around this by using a phono stage, of which there are plenty around the $200-$300 dollar mark.
It has been said to me that a phono stage is ok, but a proper stereo amp would be better. Ideally, there would be a turntable and stereo amp with 2 speakers and a A/V receiver system separate 5.1 or 7.2. Unfortunately, I don't have room for this.
So that raises another question. Do I upgrade the existing A/V receiver to something that can handle a pre-out, and phono in the meantime, to allow for the later expansion of a stereo amp, therefore allowing both a Stereo amp to drive front left and right channels then the A/V receiver to drive the surrounds and sub.
Or is that overkill?
If I did upgrade the A/V receivers, these are the 2 I'd potentially look at:
Yamaha Aventage RX-A840
From The Listening Post Wellington
Or are there other alternatives that'll do the same?