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Your comment please: Pro-ject Debut 3 RED vs Rega RP1 vs Music Hall MMF 2.2 LE (RED)


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I'm looking to make a return to the HiFi world since high school (I actually got a nice setup during my teen year, unintentional and long story). I'm relagating my Denon S201 home theater to the role of dedicated CD/DVD player in favor of the HiFi separate.

Inspired by Sterophile's article, I'm determine to keep the price in the $1000 USD (give or take 15%) range

My plan component:

+ Integrated Amp (around $400): Marantz PM 5004 (silver) or Music Hall A15.2 (preferred base on many good words here although not likely because it's nearly impossible to find here in Thailand).
+ Speakers (around $300): Paradigm Atom v5 or Monitor Audio BX1
+ Turntable (around $400 to $450): Pro-ject Debut 3 RED vs Rega RP1 vs Music Hall MMF 2.2 LE (RED)

+ Blueray player: likely use Playstation 3 first...may look into dedicated in the future

As the title suggests, the main point of this article is between the three aforementioned turntables. I know I can save a bit more money on Pro-Ject and Music Hall if I choose the standard color...but I'm happy to pay a bit extra for them because they look so good in red.

Would love to get the Pro-Ject Debut 3 Esprit instead (would choose this over the other three) but no one carry it in the US.

Unfortunately, I have no access to the Music Hall here (in Bangkok) so I cannot test listen/compare the three side-by-side.

My friend is visiting from the States and he will carry one of them back for me. I have to choose without the benefit of the test. Did a lot of reading/research.

I will rely on the community here to help me determine the best one for me. Feel free to jump in on other component if needed.

Thanks in advanced.
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What was the artcile that inspired you?

Are you able to hear the Marantz amp with any turntable, ideally with the speakers you have chosen?

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