My main system amplifier/receiver is a Sony STR-SE501.
I've done some research, and it seems there were only two models above it during the "SE" days, the SE581 and SE591. Both have phono inputs, while my SE501 does not.
Currently, everything Sony has is their new "DE" series, along with their "CE" line of CD players.
What I'm trying to do is find a complete listing of information regarding the old "SE" line of products. For instance, if I could confirm that an upgrade of one step from my SE501 to the SE581 would fulfill my requirements and attain the on-board phono preamp that I desire, then I could search more vigorously for one.
It would also be nice to know what line of CD players went along with the "SE" line of receivers.
Basically, the crux of my conundrum is this: would it be better to keep my SE501 and spend between $50 and $190 on a separate phono preamp, or take that same budget and simply upgrade my receiver, thus eliminating the need for a separate phono preamp?