A decked out KAB Technics 1210M5 with an Ortofon 2M Black would fit in perfectly!
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You might want to look at the Marantz TT15. This table is made by Clearaudio and is an upgraded version of their Emotion TT. AT $1595 list including a really good Clearaudio cartridge I can't see how you could go wrong. My son has one and it sounds almost as good as the Clearaudio Performance turntable.
You'll definitely outdo the NAD get some good tunes within your budget!
Good choice Sheldon60...I've heard a "stock" SL1210 w/ the 2M Black - very nice indeed! KAB has a whole laundry list of fun stuff for the 1200.
Lots of good table choices in your range - the Regas are definitely contenders! Also, you might want to consider some of the better HOMC carts that will work with your Cronus (e.g., Dynavector, Denon). If you're up for a boatload of reading, head on over to The Vinyl Asylum - lots of info and lots of "opinion" to wade through : )
Enjoy the search - good luck!
You can get a VPI scout used for $1100. That leaves money for a cartridge and the VPI has multiple upgrade paths. It is very good in stock form and can be even better. Don't worry about buying used from someone with a track record. I have been a dealer for at least 6 turntable companies and taken in numerous ones used and bought others used and I can't remember ever having problems. Currently using table purchased used in 1993.