First post here, looking for some advice on improving my first system. It only took about 3 months of ownership for the bug to bite... and only a couple weeks after that for my wife to get annoyed of me saying I may want to make some changes. But here I am, looking for advice. Could be a long road ahead of me, but I'm enjoying it so far!
My system consists of a set of Cambridge Audio S30 bookshelf speakers, a Jolida FX-10 tube amp, and an Audio technica AT-LP60 turntable. I play music on vinyl and FLAC files I convert to Apple Lossless codec through my ipad or iphone. My listening room (living room) is 24 ft wide by 11 ft long. I listen mostly to indie rock, but since I've got the system have really been enjoying jazz (coltrane, miles davis, thelonious monk) and more acoustic records. My sound preferences are a clean/clear soundstage, good crisp bass, a superb midrange, and that nice airy softness you get from tube amps.
1. I've been looking at potential replacement tubes for my amp because my older coworker who got me into this said factory tubes can always be improved. They came with a set of 4 Electronic Harmonixs EL84s and 2 12AX7s. Would replacement JJ's make a big difference?
2. The turntable I have has a switch built into it to go from Phono to Line out. I'm playing directly connected to the amp with the line out switch on. Based on the quality of the turntable, does that make a difference? I feel like the audio doens't pop like it should when I play a record, compared to when i play the ipod.
Any guidance would be much appreciated!