The Rega Planar 2 is an excellent set and forget turntable from Rega. Compared to the Planar one, it brings a nicer cartridge, better platter and a one-piece cast Rega RB220 tonearm, which notably has no adjustment for the anti-skate which in-practice at this price point is a reasonable omission given that they kept the one-piece cast tonearm wand of higher priced Rega tonearms. The Planar 2 table is actually a bit under-cartridged with the Carbon, so you have a nice upgrade path to the Rega Bias cartridge when cartridge replacement time comes.
The heart of the system is he Rega Brio-R Integrated amplifier, which is hands down the finest $1K amplifier we've ever come across and a match made in heaven for a Rega turntable due to it's excellent internal phono stage and warm hearted yet punchy British voicing.
In this system we are honestly going a little light on speakers, but for smaller rooms where you want a physically small speaker, the Emit series is both a high quality and compact speaker. Upgrade to an Evoke 10 or 20 for more realism and bass performance - the Brio can easily handle it.
For speaker cables, a basic Tributaries high copper content wire that we sell by the foot. You can tell good copper wire by its coppery color and it will be soft and malleable.