Budget Receiver with Phono and Bluetooth

Would like to build a budget 2 channel system for a friend. She has an old sony ps-t2 turntable that appears to be in good shape and a collection of vinyl that hasn't been played in 20 yrs. Looking for suggestions for a receiver or integrated with phono and bluetooth would be a bonus or an optical input to connect chomecast. She is not an audiophile so entry level gear is more than sufficient. Used is fine and would like to find a unit under $200. Will also be looking for some cheap bookies. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 7,452
    edited January 3
    I don't know what you'll find new in the under $200 category that has a phono preamp. You might have to get an external one.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?A=details&O=&Q=&ap=y&c3api=1876,{creative},{keyword}&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwa6VhqK72AIVD8JkCh23xQTeEAQYBCABEgIGvvD_BwE&is=REG&m=Y&sku=1246224

    Get this and maybe look on Craigslist for Monitor 5/7's and find an external phono preamp.
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  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 242
    That little receiver doesn’t look bad for this scenario.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,351
    edited January 3
    I bought a used Pyle Hybrid receiver a year ago and was quite impressed when I hooked it up to my JBL pros. This link is to a similar one. Affordable audio !

    Sorry, this one doesn't have a Phono input.

    I'm not sure about mine. I'll check the web now.

    https://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Amplifiers/24804/subcat.html?featuredproduct=11041467&featuredoption=17045215&cid=225772&kid=113194307315267&track=BingPLA&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=bingpla&utm_source=bingpla&countrycode=US&gclid=CIGkjfvTvNgCFUaygQod3RwIEw&gclsrc=ds&dclid=CMOGkPvTvNgCFUR3wQodq2sNJg

    The one I bought doesn't do Bluetooth or phono . This was cheap but it is powerful. How long it will last is another issue.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/859936-REG/Pyle_Pro_PT270AIU_PT270AIU_600_Watts_Stereo.html
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,000
    Harman Kardon HK3490

    Used for under $200

    Seems like it would be perfect for her scenario. I had one and absolutely loved it.

    From Home Theater Review..."It delivers a robust 120 watts per channel into eight ohms (150 wpc into four ohms).

    Its rear and front panel provide seven analog audio inputs, including a phono input for those listeners who want to enjoy their vinyl (the phono input accommodates moving-magnet phono cartridges).

    It includes coaxial and optical digital audio inputs - ideal for users with older CD and DVD players that might get better sound from utilizing the up-to-date D/A circuitry in the HK 3490.

    The receiver has four composite video inputs and a dedicated input for the Harman Kardon The Bridge II iPod docking station. This latter feature enables you to connect an iPod via The Bridge II (sold separately); the iPod can then be controlled from the HK 3490's remote control and menus that are displayed on a connected TV or on the receiver's front panel."
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    2 Channel
    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Phono Stage - Parks Audio Budgie
    Preamplifier - Dared SL-2000A
    Amplifier - McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
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    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ W1070; Elite Screens 120"
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    Man Cave
    Turntable - 1) Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold; 2) Sony PS LX410/Grado Green
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH
    CD - Marantz DV4001
    Passive Pre - Luminous Audio Axiom II
    Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers - SDA 2A (x-overs etc...); Epos Epic 2; Polk Audio Monitor 70 (my first)
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,621
    edited January 3
    per the above: I would never argue against an hk component (even modern ones). :)

    Other thoughts (not necessarily useful, but thoughts nonetheless).

    There's a low-end Yamaha receiver that has Bluetooth - but no phono preamp. Folks seem to like these. A decent budget phono preamp could still be added and remain under budget, methinks. I still like Yamaha stuff, as well (FWIW).
    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_022RS202/Yamaha-R-S202.html?tp=47041

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    EDIT: Derp -- Nightfall already mentioned this one! Consider this a second of the motion, then!

    :p

    There's an Onkyo with phono that's just 200 smackers (Crutchfield price). I know nothing 'bout this one, though.
    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_580TX8220/Onkyo-TX-8220.html?tp=47041

    There are also cheap Sherwood receivers with phono inputs. I'll leave it at that :|

    There are add-on Bluetooth thingies to retrofit some sort of Bluetooth capability onto an old (or simply non-BT) component. Again, that's about all I know about that, too! :/


    https://www.parts-express.com/sure-electronics-battery-powered-bluetooth-wireless-audio-receiver-with-power-supply-black--320-355


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  • tonyp063tonyp063 Posts: 334
    There's an Onkyo with phono that's just 200 smackers (Crutchfield price). I know nothing 'bout this one, though.

    I own a prior iteration of that receiver. I couldn't recommend it unless they've made *major* improvements to the phono section.
    It's atrocious.
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,034
    Wow, lots of choices in this range, I'm surprised what you can get for 200 bucks!

    In case you happen upon a receiver you like that doesn't have Bluetooth, you can add a third party device after. In my early days, I had a couple of these IOGEAR Bluetooth receivers for playing music from a tablet or mobile on receivers that didn't have Bluetooth. There are a bunch of different options out there for this. The TuneTap has both optical and 3.5mm to RCA outputs. I just dug one out recently because I'm playing around with ways to listen to podcasts.
    IOGEAR TuneTap Wireless Receiver
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,621
    tonyp063 wrote: »
    There's an Onkyo with phono that's just 200 smackers (Crutchfield price). I know nothing 'bout this one, though.

    I own a prior iteration of that receiver. I couldn't recommend it unless they've made *major* improvements to the phono section.
    It's atrocious.

    There you go, a first-hand account. Thanks!
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 242
    Wow. There are options, I think the HK would best the Yammy if I can find one though either would work for her. One requires a phono preamp and the other a wireless dongle or device.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,621
    edited January 3
    one is -- deeply -- skeptical of that gizmo... but, yeah, it does have a phono preamp (presumably solid state -- not quite enough small signal tubes unless gain is low, methinks) and it does have Bluetooth. And, to its credit, it does seem to be a push-pull EL84 stereo amplifier, good for about 10 wpc.

    It just kind of bugs me that the front panel (and general cosmetic vibe) is identical to the infamous "Nobsound" hybrid (sold under a fistful of names) of a few years back.

    http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/monoprice-pure-tube-amp.803027/

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    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,193
    Yamaha R S303 on Amazon for $253
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,486
    If you can find a unit with Bluetooth, it might just be worth it to buy her a newer turntable with built in phono. You'll likely need to invest some in that Sony.

    As for speakers, I have some S15 and S20 for sale that might fit the bill.
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    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
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  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 242
    DSkip wrote: »
    If you can find a unit with Bluetooth, it might just be worth it to buy her a newer turntable with built in phono. You'll likely need to invest some in that Sony.

    As for speakers, I have some S15 and S20 for sale that might fit the bill.

    The 15s could be an option. She is set on using the turntable but I want to avoid a rabbit hole at my expense.
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  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 242
    deronb1 wrote: »
    Yamaha R S303 on Amazon for $253

    This unit is slightly above budget but checks all the boxes.
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