With a modest £1200 budget, you should ditch the idea of vinyly playback equipment. That alone will easily swallow your entire budget and if you allocate a %age to TT arm and cartridge, the SQ will be worse than streaming.Components needed: turntable, amp (with phono stage and headphone out), speakers and closed back headphones
Have you possibly not read the full thread? Vinyl is not going to be dropped.With a modest £1200 budget, you should ditch the idea of vinyly playback equipment. That alone will easily swallow your entire budget and if you allocate a %age to TT arm and cartridge, the SQ will be worse than streaming.
If vinyl is left for another day (or dropped), then your budget will allow for an all-in-one, or all-in-two solution that will provide streaming, radio, payback of ripped CDs, etc plus a half decent pair of speakers - best bought used as your money will go twice as far.
Bluesound or NAD are iobvious brands to look at - NAD if your budget can stretch as they are better and more features (perhaps a phono stage for the future) and both brands offer the excellent BluOS control app, so no Roon to consider.
Great starting point.He's better off with these while they're in stock. I'd buy them myself if I was after a pair of new speakers in this price range. Free delivery too.
Thanks. In the background I was thinking about spending a big chunk of my budget on an amp and, knowing the value of what I had already, I was interested in whether I'd end up with a 'balanced' system (if that's a thing!).Knowing the speakers you currently have presents a significantly different question than starting from scratch does.
So, unless I’ve misunderstood, you’ve really got £1200 to spend on (a probably secondhand) amp to power your Neats, and buy a turntable/cartridge, yes? Unless you were supposing you’d px your speakers?