This is my first post on here (although I have been lurking for a while!). I hope I can get some good advice on my audio issue. I've recently bought quite a nice system (CD, Amp and speakers) and now want to get a TT to go with it.
I actually bought a turntable a few weeks ago, but I ended up taking it back because I was so unhappy with the sound. I bought a Rega RP1 (with Bias 2 cartridge) and Rega Fono MM stage. When I played the TT, I got a tinny, distorted sound which lacked any real detail. I checked (and double checked) that everything was set up correctly (e.g. alignment etc.) and it was. Despite all its good reviews, I couldn't find anything to like about the TT at all, and I did in fact wonder whether the TT or Fono stage was actually faulty.
My friend lent me (which I will now be buying) a Cambridge Audio 640p to try with the RP1. It made a big improvement, but the sound was still not good enough.
Next weekend, I am going to be demoing an RP3 with Elys 2, and P5 with Dynavector 10x5, both with the CA 640p sound stage. I have been recommended, as a really good starting cartridge, the Denon DL-110, but I haven't been able to find anywhere near me that has a deck with one set up. Any views on that cartridge?
I guess I'm looking to spend (on TT and cartridge - phono stage will have to wait for the min) around £850 - which would get me the P5 and denon DL-110, but I just don't really know where to start with it all!
So, are these the right kind of decks, cartridges to be thinking about? Any advice much appreciated!!
In case certain TT's/stages are better with or without certain gear, the TT/stage will be going into a Cyrus 6XP amp.