Systemdek 11x Phono stage, Arm or cartridge upgrade

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Natlepan
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Systemdek 11x Phono stage, Arm or cartridge upgrade

Post by Natlepan » 15 Apr 2019 19:37

Hi newbie here.
I wanted to ask for some advice. I have recently upgraded my turntable from a dual 505.2 to a systemdek 11x it has a jelco sa250st arm with a AT95 cartridge.
I run it through a Arcam FMJ A38 amp to B&W 602.2 speakers.
The amp doesn't have a phono stage so I bought a NAD PP1 phono stage just to get up and running.
Now I want to try and get the best out of deck. I have read great reviews on here. So I a sure it's capable of great things.
My question? Should I start with the phono stage. I feel it's possibly the weak link. Looking at a Graham slee communicator.
Or swap the arm for a Rega RB300 or upgrade the cartridge.
My vinyls collection at present is limited but will grow.
Listen to rock blues and jazz mostly
Many thanks

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Re: Systemdek 11x Phono stage, Arm or cartridge upgrade

Post by Alec124c41 » 15 Apr 2019 20:29

I vote cartridge. The AT95 is a decent entry-level item, but you can certainly improve on it.

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Re: Systemdek 11x Phono stage, Arm or cartridge upgrade

Post by abril » 14 Jun 2019 20:08

I vote phono,for something better suited for loading the AT95 - preferably less than 100pf input capacitance.

Maybe a used Project Phonobox SE or SE11,the AT95 needs 100 to 200pf and the Slee is already right at the top of that range even without cabling included.

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Re: Systemdek 11x Phono stage, Arm or cartridge upgrade

Post by Natlepan » 24 Jun 2019 21:47

Thank you for the info guys. I went with the phone.and swapped the old at95 for the latest version with the intention of a stylus upgrade later.

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