+1 for Technics. Direct drive, built like a tank and sound amazing. You'll have it a lifetime.
Rega is excellent as well. Classic belt drive. In your budget the table (P1 or P2) will come with a Rega Carbon cart. A solid choice, but personally speaking, I find the AT-VM95C (pre-installed on the Technics SL-100C) edges a Carbon sound wise. Not to mention P1/P2 arms don't have vertical tracking angle adjustments, so if you go outside of Rega carts you have to deal with shims, etc. Not the end of the world but something to be aware of.
A lot of people dig the Pro-Ject Carbon Evo. And if you want to stay in the NAD family, my pal recently bought their C 588 table and loves it.
However, if it were me, I'd grab a Pioneer PLX-1000 for $750 (essentially, the same deck as the SL-100C), which leaves a good chunk of money leftover for a very nice cartridge of your choice.