I'm interested in an entry-level audiophile type setup (oxymoron, no?). Is there anything decent out there for $300-$400?
Also, are stereo tube amps recommended for vinyl playback?
IMHO the best entry level options are the following:
U-Turn Audio Orbit Basic Turntable $179http://uturnaudio.com/store
This was a Crowdfunded project that just launched and is getting some very good press. For the price, and the fact that it is American made, I think it's a bargain.
For me the next step would be a Rega RP1 ($445 complete with cartridge), although I have friends with some entry level Project models that are pretty good too.