Hi there - I currently play a Technics SL1700 through a cheap preamp and a shelf system that is not really ideal for the kind of records I like to collect - 1950s and 60s jazz. I like the way mono records sounds but I've been plauged by a lot of the extra sound you can get from playing mono on cheap stereo components like I have - the turntable and the cartrdige (AT Precept PC-440) are the only parts of my system that I like.
I'm planning to purchase a receiver/amplifier and speakers in a few months and I'm hoping that there are some types of receivers (or maybe just certain features on some receivers) that will both lessen the extra noise you hear on mono records while possibly even lessening the amount of distortion/break up that I hear on louder high notes that I've attributed to groove damage (since the records were played on older equipment that wasn't aligned, it's the kind of distortion that doesn't just go away with a better aligned cartridge, at least that's been my experience).
So - any ideas on what I should be looking for? I was initially hoping to spend around $600 at the most so that I had money for speakers, but if there is a great unit out there that would really help with my mono obsession, I would be willing to shell out more. Thanks.