Since this is the Christmas season, we thought it would be fun to recommend a great system for a person just getting into audio, or as a second system. Vinyl continues to be popular with people of all ages, and what better way to get started than with a great system that plays both vinyl and digital music with equal ease?
Our go-to entry-level turntable is the ProJect Debut Carbon
. This solid belt-drive table comes with an Ortofon 2M cartridge and uses a carbon tonearm. What's great about this turntable for new vinyl-lovers, is that should you break the needle, the cartridge is replaceable; so in the event of an accident, you can easily swap a new cartridge onto the table. And it comes in a variety of fun colors, making it a great choice at its price range.
For the foundation of the system, we found power and flexibility blended perfectly in the new Rotel A12 integrated amplifier. The A12 is a compact, robust, and complete system with a 60-watt amp, a front panel USB for your Apple iOS devices, a premium Wolfson DAC, and a MM phono input. It's the perfect solution for listeners who want to easily switch between vinyl and digital music.
Of course, you can choose any of our popular speakers, but we selected the B&W 686 S2 bookshelf speakers They are a natural match to the Rotel and Pro-ject pieces, and similarly priced. This best-selling B&W bookshelf speaker is designed to fit in any space, and still sound perfect. Of course, you can add a powered subwoofer, or even a Sonos digital music platform,
and the system can handle it all. The basic system retail price is $1,848.