There are many ways to set up your turntable. Three of the most most common turntable setups are:
- Turntable → receiver (w/ phono input) → passive speakers
- Turntable + phono preamp → powered speakers
- Turntable + phono preamp → amplifier → passive speakers
Here is some of our favorite new equipment to use with the Orbit...
The Audioengine A2+ speakers may be small, but they pack a real punch (with no digital signal processing). Features include: built-in DAC, dual RCA inputs, USB input, and sub output. The box includes everything you need, so setup is quick and simple. Ideal for desktops and smaller rooms.
Price: $249 per pair (via Audioengine)
These speakers deliver audiophile-quality sound at a great price. With custom Kevlar woofers, silk dome tweeters, and hand-built cabinets, the A5+ includes a remote control dual audio inputs and enhanced thermal management. The low end from the A5+ is real bass, very near to the originally-recorded music.
Price: $399 per pair (via Audioengine)
The Onkyo TX-8020 is a great entry-level receiver, and comes with all the features and inputs you could ask for. Unlike other receivers in this price bracket, the TX-8020 has a true analog amp (not a class D amp or integrated circuit chip). This classic stereo receiver sounds really good and will last a long time.
Price: $179 (via B&H)
Marantz has been making excellent budget amplifiers for a long time, and the PM5005 is no exception. Equipped with a class A/B amplifier, the PM5005 delivers rich sound, dynamic contrasts, and tight bass. The MM phono stage in this amp sounds great, and will really bring out the life in your records.
Price: $499 (via Music Direct)
From celebrated speaker designer Andrew Jones comes the widely acclaimed SP-BS22-LRs. These speakers provide terrific midrange, open treble, and outstanding clarity for their price. Steve Guttenberg of CNET says, “In its price class, nothing can touch this bookshelf speaker.”
Price: $127 per pair (via B&H)
Crystal clear highs, excellent imaging, expansive soundstage, and overall engaging sound - these new speakers from Klipsch impressed from the moment we opened the box. If you set these up in a medium-sized room, you will be rewarded with a powerful and lifelike performance.
Price: $249 per pair
Honorable mention: At $39 per pair, we would be remiss to not mention Dayton Audio's B652 Speakers. These speakers have their shortcomings, but they are an absolutely insane value.
With headphones, you typically get better sound quality at a lower price than you do with speakers. Plus, you don't have to worry about room acoustics or angry neighbors. Priced at just $79, the Grado SR60e is a terrific entry-level headphone. If you haven't noticed already, we love Grado's products and their signature rich sound. If you are looking for a step up, check out HiFiMAN's offerings - the HE-400 is a great buy at just under $300.
As far as dedicated headphone amps go, we have one word: Schiit. These guys make some of the best headphone equipment out there, regardless of price. Check out the Magni 2 ($99) for a great entry-level headphone amp, or the Asgard 2 ($249) or Valhalla 2 ($349) for even higher performance.