look into the entry level tables by sumiko
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Is your NAD an integrated amp? If it is an integrated, does it have a built-in phono stage? If not, you are going to need to divide your $300 investment between a turntable (with arm and cartridge) and a phono stage.
If you just need a turntable, i.e. you already have a phono stage in your integrated amp, you can probably pull it off for $300 or so. However, if you also need to buy a phono stage with your $300 budget, it's going to be difficult.
Pro-Ject Debut III (Sumiko), MMF-2.1, Rega P1, the direct drive Technics SL-1200 mkII, and for auto operation, Thorens TD 158 are your options new in that price range, which is actually from $300-400. They represent the bottom of the line options from reputable companies. They all come with cartridges which you would do well to think of upgrading in the long run. Used might open the door to a few more but most probably from the same contenders. You can pay as little as $75 for an only adaquate phono stage, which would get you the Rolls VP-29. Raising your budget will get you noticable improvements at every step.
Good luck and enjoy!
The amp is infact integrated. It has the built in stage for phono aux and a few others. I truly know nothing about these turntables, so its a bit difficult for me to narrow down excactly what im looking for. I will check out Sumiko though, and suppose I will continue looking around on audiogon. Im afraid that these low end turntables are going to sound really tinny and cheap, so Im really trying to find the right match for my system. Thank you both for your help.