I'm just getting into stereo equipment, and I'm wondering what I can do to improve the sound of my current system. Here's what I have right now:
- Onkyo TX-8011 stereo receiver
- Sony SCD-CE595 CD/SACD changer
- JVC AL-A155 belt drive turntable (My dad's old model; I think it's just some generic 80s consumer turntable)
- Audio Technica 6006 cartridge (Description here .)
- Grado SR-60 headphones (I never use speakers)
- Some generic $25 phono preamp
- Generic interconnects that came with my components
- $5 surge protector powering everything
The system sounds decent (to my inexperienced ears), but I'd like to spend around $200-$300 to upgrade it. I was thinking about getting an equalizer, since I use iTunes' equalizer function all the time, and I'm always fiddling with the bass and treble knobs on my receiver. I was also considering getting a new phono preamp, since there's a very noticeable hum coming from my current one. I can hear the hum at normal listening levels, and it immediately disappears when I switch to another source. I was also considering an inexpensive power conditioner such as this, since I can hear a noticeable pop when turning my turntable and CD player on and off. Would I be able to tell a difference if I got some better interconnects?
Obviously I won't be able to get all of these, so which one would be most effective? Do you have any other ideas? Would an upgrade even be worth it, or should I just wait until I can afford to upgrade the entire system to something really nice?
Edit: I should note that I primarily use this system for playing LPs, so I'm most interested in anything that will improve the sound of my records.