Hello there. First off, I'd like to say that I do consider myself an audiophile in my own right, and to be an audiophile, I personally believe you just have to have a knack and ear for what sounds good, so when I get into gear discussion, please don't be appauled, ;).
Vinyl is my favorite past time. I got out of it for a few years for some odd reason, then now just discovered how much I loved it and why. Musically, I am very inclined on how audio projects and how, the gear surroinding instruments, etc, but am being introduced to a new genre of audio-dealings in terms of turntables (my personal favorite).
Currently, my setup is this: A durabran sub-woofer (small), that acts as a receiver. I would like to point out that you DON'T need a phono-tuned receiver to use a record player or am I wrrong? As I am putting through the AUX or the DVD input on the sub/receiver and it works just fine.
The speakers I am using are in a small room not suitable for reverberation or sound acoustics, so I am using the "cones equal distance apart, then equal distance from you to the cone" method which is just fine for me.
Sadly, my vintage Technics SL-3200's needle just recently broke, but the cartridge is a Stanton D70E, so I am using an IT USB record player which does the job surprisingly well actually (being a $100 USB turntable).
My questions would be; HOW can I upgrade?
1; do receivers make a large difference? The receiver (the sub-speaker) works as a receiver and there is very little interference from the turntable to receiver to speakers, so I guess that a plus.
2; In upgrading the stylus for the Technics SL-3200, what cartridge should I get to upgrade or needle rather? I like the cartridge (Im trying to stay original). I believe its a P-Mount? And it sounds great not that I've had a lot of experimenting with it.
The speakers I have are some Sharp's from a CD/Boombox set I think, but I like because they usually have the right colouring for turntables in my opinion. I was thinking of picking up some vintage Hi-Fi's though as I can get lots very easily.
Thanks for any responses guys and girls.