Just got into listening to albums again and am wondering if a phono pre amp will make my system sound better?
Have a Yamaha RS 500 , Technics SL 1600, soundcraft X10 sub and Klipsch RB 61 II
Many phono preamps over $100, and some under $100, are likely to to be an improvement over the internal phono preamp in the Yamaha R-S500.
Sure HI TRACK.
I'm guessing I could use a new one.
If you want to upgrade what would be your budget?
Nagaoka MP-150 - tops my list
Ortofon 2M Blue - well regarded, I thought it a little harsh
Audio Technica AT440MLa - I have this one on my Pro-Ject xPression III, needs appropriate loading to not sound overly bright, very good tracker, $174 at turntableneedles.com
Goldring G 2100 - Well regarded, but it is not the 2200 which is very good
Grado Gold1 or Silver1 Prestige - could be a good one if you like the Grado sound
Ortofon MC1 Turbo - very nice high output MC for the money
Denon DL-110 - only $140 but hits well above its price
thank you jackfish i'll swap that out and go from there.
VTA and tracking force are also important. You might want to check out Vinyl Engine for more turntable resources.