(The purpose of this post is to open discussion on equipment that "punches" way above it's price class. To be eligible it has to be in current production or being able to buy new.)
NAD PP-2 phonostage $130
Kimber Hero interconnect $160+
So what are your contenders?
Two "system" ideas:
Rega P1, Kimber Hero, Bellari VP130, Grado SR 60 $880
Oppo DV-980H, Kimber Hero, NAD C325BEE, Anti-Cable, PSB Alpha B1 $970