So, seeing that you’ve got your record collection starting out grow, you need to be able to hear them the way they are intended. First, thing is to get a receiver. Sometimes that’s tricky to find, though ideally, you’ll get a vintage receiver off eBay or at some pre-owned store. Luckily you can make use a more modern receiver that ought to come at the lower cost. A number of these receivers however do not have a phono input – so you’ll want to get a converter (phono inputs have a built-in preamp that boosts the weak signal from your record player). Plugging the record player directly into the Aux or CD input will not be adequate. That’s ok, the adapters are pretty good.
Now, you may not have got a turntable. That’s a problem that can easily be solved. Again, as with the receiver, ideally you’ll get a nice direct drive table. However, if you’re looking just to get up and running on the cheap, you can obtain a used Sony or something for $50. That’ll be just fine at first. Check your local goodwills or any other second hand stores. Alternatively, online second hand stores.
Then it’s important to obtain your speaker system jacked up. At goodwills you can usually find pretty decent old speaker pairs for about $15-20. There are plenty of of them, and they are generally all you need. I suggest getting two pairs to help you spread them around the room, or in multiple rooms (depeding on your setup). All you’ll need is to actually have a crimp tool (accessible for cheap at thediyoutlet.com) so that you can easily do the wiring. You’ll wish to position the speakers appropriately – pairing up the lefts and the rights. I like to have one set in front of my listening area and one behind, almost a quadraphonic sound, so that you are totally immersed in the beautiful sounds. Now that you’re create, put on Houses of the Holy and enjoy!