teknoid Posted June 15, 2015 Share Posted June 15, 2015 Soon I'll be putting together a new 2 channel system and I plan to include a turntable. Budget is not yet set but that hasn't stopped me from shopping. I'm pretty sure that there's a pair of Cornwalls or perhaps Cornscalas to be driven by some tube amplification in my future. The question is about "balance" when buying a turntable and cartridge. Specifically what should the cost ratio of the turntable / cartridge be? Many years ago I worked for a boutique audio reseller. Real high end stuff. During our sales training we were taught to advise customer to spend 50% of their budget on speakers and the rest on whatever equipment was going to be feeding the speakers. I'm wondering if there's a similar rule on turntable / cartridge cost. Assuming a turntable budget of $3000.00 and assuming that I won't need a phono preamp the options would be (1) a $1.5K table and a $1.5k cartridge, (2) a $1k cartridge and a $2K cartridge, (3) a $2k cartridge and a $1k table, or (4) a $500 table and cartridge combo and $2.5K worth of albums. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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