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Bassman
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Phono pre amp

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

Thanx

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What phono cartridge do you have?

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.

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Cartrdige

Sure HI TRACK.

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Cartridge

I'm guessing I could use a new one.

any suggestions?

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You probably only need to replace the stylus.

http://www.lpgear.com/category/SS3.html

If you want to upgrade what would be your budget?

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Budget

$200 approx.

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Read up on these suggestions...

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

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Thank you

thank you jackfish i'll swap that out and go from there.

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Be sure to use a cartridge alignment tool.

VTA and tracking force are also important. You might want to check out Vinyl Engine for more turntable resources.

http://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_forum/index.php

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