Digital guy, thinking of taking the analog plunge.

What is the simple way to get stated with a turntable. I am looking for something easy to use that does not require hundreds of upgrades and tweaks. Is there a good starter set up out there or is buying a used table somebody upgraded a better bet.

Where does one start?
Looking to stay under $1k, that is my max unless I move some other great or find a great trade. I am set with speakers and amp, but everything else is in the air.

I really want to keep it as simple as possible. Set up, maintenance, and updates are going to need to be simple. This is key for the arm/cart choices as well.
Since you are new, stay with new unless you can buy local and have good dealer support.

Also, I would recommend that you go with a either a pre-packaged combo or purchase from a source that will ensure good system matching (especially table/arm/cart).

I started with a Pro-Ject Debut III and made some misteps. For example, that table will not accommodate mc carts without upgrading to the acrylic platter (original platter is steel and mc carts attract to it). Also ended up with the Speedbox II. That said, I ended up with a pretty nice combo for around $800 all-in.

If I were to do it again, though, I would probably start with one of the following:

Rega P3-24 and Elys 2. You should be able to get both for around $1000.

Pro-Ject Xpression III and Speedbox II. You should be able to get both for around $800 (ask for at least 10% discount).

Also, look at getting the Bellari VP130 phono stage or the entry-level Vincent phono stage (forget the model number, but it's a 2 box affair).

Happy listening,

I am moving in the direction of a....

Still negotiating with three guys over 5 possible table options. One is local, one is a great deal, the other is from a trusted shop from Seattle.

I am close to a deal on one, and pretty far off on another. Loved the Horizon, but the only one I have seen for sale is way overpriced.