I have a Sony PS-LX250H, it’s an excellent entry-level record player. It’s pretty much the best bang-for-your-buck as far as turntables go. I know many people that own it and are equally satisfied as I’ve been. It has automatic start and stop (you can switch between 12” and 7” sizes so it knows where to begin. if you play a 10” on it you’ll have to drop the needle yourself), as well as a button which lifts the needle up and down (so you can “pause” the record while listening). Plays at 33 1/3 and 45 rpm speeds. It has a built-in phono preamp, so you can just plug it directly into some speakers. It has a switch on the back that allows you to turn the pre-amp off if you’d prefer to use your own. Overall, I highly recommend it.
As far as anything extra, just speakers! (they need to have RCA jacks (the red and white), though)
Jack White is getting in on the lavish action of Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. He’s putting out a special limited double LP edition of the Jay-Z-orchestrated soundtrack through his label, Third Man Records.
In true Third Man fashion, it’ll be released on a crazy format: “blindingly reflective metalized discs.” The first disc in the set is pressed on platinum; the second disc is on actual gold.