I have recently resurrected my vinyl collection through a deal I did. I managed to get a Marantz PM4200 Amp, Denon SC-M50 speakers and a JVC XL-E45 CD player for some computer memory modules I had (I do IT for a living). All works fine and after a very thorough external and internal cleanup is now being used every day happily and without problem.
I added a cheap 2'nd hand DAB tuner (Acoustic Solutions SP111) for £15 which is great and then I managed to get hold of a JVC QL A51 turntable from a family member for nothing. This cleaned up great and I absolutely love it, all apart from the perspex lid which is probably beyond saving, so will be keeping my eye out for a donor TT.
The TT is fitted with a Nagoaka MP10 cartridge and after following the excellent guides on this forum I have a really nice warm toned, clear and deep sounding record deck. Due to the fact everything in my setup is working fine and it cost me practically nothing I want to invest more into Vinyl than extra bells and whistles.
However I would like to ask folks opinions as to what would be a good cartridge upgrade for this JVC TT and if it would make much difference. Like I said, everything sounds fantastic at the moment but that's probably as much down to forgetting how good my Vinyl could sound (I'm a 1980's teenager
) to the rubbish small form factor mp3 stuff that has been around for the last decade or so. Also would a different tonearm make a difference? The one fitted seems excelent, has great balance, adjustable weight and anti skating settings. I really seem to be getting the vintage HI FI bug, especially as it is what I grew up with and bought new when I was old enough. I thought about doing a cartridge upgrade when it is time to replace the stylus, something that is unavoidable in time and without knowing how long this one has been used for, I will be keeping a close eye on it. The replacement is around £55 so if I was going to upgrade the cartridge it would be then.
I will be upgrading my speakers to a larger set at some point in the near future as well, so any recommendations would be great.