Thanks for this, guys, this is the insight I was hoping for.
Keso77 wrote:I think you passed the "not making this a very big part of your life"-part when you started to burn oodlez of cash on cartridge upgrades.
Heh heh, good point!
R-E-M wrote:Agree with most of the above except to say you may be better blowing that cash on some nice new vinyl, for the cost of a Black you could get some fine new records which might persuade you your system isn't that dull after all.
Sounds sensible. For now I concentrate on a particular area of music, making my vinyl collection eye-rollingly narrow-minded (compared to the vastly more diverse CD library). Most of my vinyl is pressed in the last ten years or so. (It's a particular band that has, since they got going in 1981 and up to this day, pushed albums and 12-inches in vinyl format. … And Kraftwerk's remasters.)
I guess I'll stick with the Bronze and my Denon for now, and who knows, maybe I'll enjoy this so much that further upgrades in both tt and cartridge areas will follow suit. I'll just have to sell my fridge and stop using hot water to afford it.
Sure would be interesting to listen to the Black, though, to investigate whether the listening experience is noticeably upgraded - and whether the cost leap feels worth it. If it does, it might make sense to first get the Black, and then eat crispbread and goutweed until I've saved money for the next level turntable.
Speaking of which - any suggestions what turntable I should invest in if I want to upgrade? I like the childishly easy operation of the DP-300F, mind you …
Thanks so far, guys.