Sound is still subjective.

However integrating an old analog system into today's HD systems seems to be trouble for many as they discover lip sync and more issues.

We have a deep issue/problem on how to declare that sound is good or best. We can be very sure that your price range will not be "bad" as in what you get from a cassette tape but you have audiophiles that you can't placate and best left alone.

-> My thought is you should try to use what you have and if it won't integrate then you move up.