I have been enjoying my RP3 quite a bit, and I have a small amount of store credit so I am thinking of an upgrade of sorts. The question is: should I get a Rega Fono MM preamp? I am currently using the phono input on my Rotel RA-02 and I am wondering if the Rega Fono would be a big improvement (or a small one, or...totally insignificant and a waste of money!). I have the Elys2 cart and I was reading some things on this thread that are relevant to my question:viewtopic.php?t=26272
(I would have posted in the thread, but it is pretty old so I figured I'd start a new one.).
After reading the thread, I started to wonder if my money would be better spent upgrading the cart to an Exact, or some other cart entirely (as it seems many people do not seem to favor the Rega carts, including one of the posters in the thread). I had come to a conclusion based on what I read in the thread and elsewhere that getting the Rega Fono preamp would really be an improvement IF I also then paired it with the Exact or some other cart. I also gathered that I would see SOME benefit from the Rega Fono with the Elys2 cart, but nothing too spectacular. Based on this, I was thinking since my cart is pretty new and has a lot of life left, I would buy the preamp and wait to hear its TRUE value at some point down the road when I eventually upgrade my cart. Is this sound thinking, or should I upgrade the cart now, try to sell the Elys2 now while it is relatively "fresh" and then get the Fono at some point in the future? Any help or advice would be most appreciated!