The most high end turntables will ideally be outfitted with a Shure M92E, which costs a whopping $60. While the cost of such a cartridge is not as high as say the Shure M97xE, when you add up the rest of the parts of a turntable, you’d be surprised at the grand total. Indulging in an expensive cartridge as well as a stylus may not be necessary however, depending on what you’re looking to get out of the record player. Most people who aren’t actual audiophiles wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a $400 and a $1,000 record player anyway. Plus, if you throw in the fact that these seemingly high end turntables require a certain amount of dedication and time to customize and outfit to the best of their capabilities, things get messy.
Next, you have the receivers (a.k.a. amplifiers). The amplifiers that you hook up to the record player is almost as important, if not more, than the actual player itself. The amplifier is basically what converts and outputs the audio that comes from the record player. You also have what’s known as the phono preamp, which helps boost the signal coming from the turntable.