I'm new to the Stereophile crowd, but I think I've found something new to be obsessed with! My girlfriend recently bought me a turntable as a gift. After playing around with this for about 6 months (uh-oh), I'm pretty certain that I should be getting significantly better sound than I am; especially considering I have a good amount of brand new vinyl.
First, I'm planning on updating my integrated amp and speakers pretty significantly, so those items aside, should I really consider dropping a good amount of cash on a turntable? Should I just update my cartridge and that will prove sufficient?
I'm really going to have a hard time justifying a $600 turntable person, both to myself and my girlfriend.
Any comments/suggestions/berating welcome.