I have ancient speakers, that I still love. My speakers are Raga Model 3's, my turntable is a Dual 505 and my CD player is a Marantz cc38ubl (to be upgraded soon). I've gone to listen to new speakers several times, but keep coming back to what I own. My needs are simple - I listen to classic rock and classical music in a 15' x 18' room. I need a new (to me) amp to power my Raga's. I'd like a recommendation on a DAC as well - the grandchildren have their I-things that they would like to plug in when they visit. My budget is $500. Thanks!
I'd recommend any used or new NAD integrated amp with phono inputs that is in good condition. Or a brand new NAD c316BEE integrated with an outboard phono amp, maybe also a NAD, BEllari or something along those lines.
How about buying a used Marantz receiver in good condition and having it restored for 2-3 hundred dollars. For $100, the Pure I-20 is a good way to get music off of an ipod touch or iphone (though you'd need an adaptor for the iphone5.