s1mp13m4n wrote:Hello everyone. I have a very modest vinyl playback system. The turntable, headphones, and headphone amp are thrift store finds. My phono preamp was gifted to me. I know that some folks like to upgrade their systems a piece at a time. Where does the upgrade path start? Which items give you the most improvement for the least amount of money? If it is true that at some point you end up hitting a wall or the point of diminishing returns, where is that point?
Probably when the price of the speakers reaches a few $000. Then you need to address room acoustic issues (all rooms have them, especially in the bass) so that it is possible to hear the better speakers to best advantage without the "room roar" and "room boom" that are present in many domestic rooms.
The parts required to make good quality electronics (preamps, sources, amplifiers) are not expensive, you can pay a lot of money for a name and a pretty box if you wish but that doesn't affect the sound quality. Speakers are different, small speakers cannot reproduce adequate bass, the larger box size needed for adequate bass is expensive to make and ship, good quality drive units cost real money, the design of the crossover often requires the sustained attention for a long period of a highly skilled person, add these together and the cost of a decent (passive) speaker becomes many hundreds of US dollars, quality improves as the prices rise into the 1000s.