Finally with some extra cash I'm going to upgrade my turntable and thought I would post here to get some opinions. Currently I have an old technics SL-J92 (close and play, linear tracking) and a extremely cheap reciever. I already have a new reciever but don't use it since I don't have a phono preamp, its a sony home theater reciever about 10 years old (don't have it in front of me so couldn't guess the model). For speakers I have a trusty old pair of Polk Audio SDA-2A that still sound fantastic.
After doing some reading I'm leaning towards getting a Pro-ject Debut Carbon. I like that it comes with the Ortofon 2m cartrige. I also would be getting the acryl-it platter upgrade. My only concern is I could not find any info on the carbon tone arm, hows it sound? I feel like they are cutting corners somewhere inorder to offer the 2m cartridge and keep the price the same as the Debut III. For a preamp I was thinking of going with the Bellari VP130.
All together this will probably set me back close to $800. I don't want to spend much more. Another question I had was regarding cables. I was looking at some sites and the cheapest RCA cables were about $40. Since I would need to sets, turntable > preamp > reciever, is the money worth it?
Thanks for reading!!