I am thinking about buying the classic marantz cd6003 and marantz pm6003 set up. Any advice on what would be a good turntable to match. I would be mainly playing vinyl so would allow a budget of upto £500.
I had the same combo for 6 months and was perfectly happy with my pro-ject debut in that set up.
I'm sure others would probably suggest the Rega P2 or P3. Plenty of other options if you go 2nd hand.
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Yes, 500 quid will buy you a lot of turntable, especially second hand. In fact, I went digging to see what was available and I want a turntable again. Besides the obvious Rega and Project decks you can buy new for that money, there are some incredible bargains on the second hand market. A clearaudio solution with origin live arm - the second most beautiful turntable in the world - just went for 650 quid on eBay, which is amazing, I just sold my Project RPM5.2 for less than 250 quid, and the local hifi shop has a Rega P25 (kicks P3 butt) for 400 quid with a short warranty. So that gives you an idea of what's available within budget.The phono stage on the Marantz is a good starting point, but obviously a better deck will benefit from a better phono stage in the fullness of time.
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