Best turnable under 500

leob7888

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hi everyone!

I'm planning to buy a turntable, my budget is 500 usd, any recommendations?
I've been doing my research and found that the Fluance RT85 it's a great option. The thing about this turntable is that it doesn't have an integrated preamp, only a phone connection.
I have a marantz SR5013 that in the back has an integrated special phono connection. Having this, do I need a turntable with integrated preamp or its not necessary?
Thanks !!
 

PilotAce

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I had concluded the same - the Fluance RT85 is the best turntable you can find for about $500... the Ortofon 2M blue should be very nice and I would pick up a separate phone preamp later (Schiit Mani) for a great setup.
 

Al ears

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I had concluded the same - the Fluance RT85 is the best turntable you can find for about $500... the Ortofon 2M blue should be very nice and I would pick up a separate phone preamp later (Schiit Mani) for a great setup.
The Mani should be an improvement over the phono stage built into that AV amp certainly.
 

leob7888

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I had concluded the same - the Fluance RT85 is the best turntable you can find for about $500... the Ortofon 2M blue should be very nice and I would pick up a separate phone preamp later (Schiit Mani) for a great setup.
Hi PilotAce, thank for your reply!
If I add the Schiit Mani, how do I connect it to my receiver? By connecting the turntable to the Schiit and the the Schiit to the phono input in my receiver?
I'm asking this cause as other members said, my receiver already has a phono input and theoretically I dont need another preamp.
So I'm a bit confused!
This will improve the quality sound?
 

PilotAce

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Hi Leo,

You’d connect the turntable to a separate phone preamp, and them connect the preamp to the “Line In” or “Aux In” of your amplifier or receiver. Should be plenty of videos on YouTube for how to do this.
 
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iMark

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My advice is to try the phono input first before buying a separate phono stage. We use the phono stage in our Yamaha R-N602 and that sounds very good to our ears. We have upgraded the Ortofon 2M Red with a Blue stylus and that made a difference we can actually hear.
 

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