I'm looking for opinions on how well old stereo preamp phono stages compare to modern stand-alone phono stages. I understand it's subjective, but I'm wondering about peoples general thoughts on this. I've got a Carver CT-7 and I've gotten conflicting reports from various experts on how much I would need to spend to improve on it. What do you think? $200, $500, $1,000? The main reason I'm considering it is that I also have a pretty nifty mod squad passive pre-amp, which I would use exclusively, except that it lacks a phono stage.
If the rest of the stuff matters...
Carver m1.0t power
rotel rcd 1072
Polk Monitor 10's
Pioneer PL-41 with a $100 grado