Yes, I know this isn't a HiFi forum, but I don't post on any others and I require advice.
Most of you have traveled a long a winding road to get where you are. But I need you to cast your minds back to the first leap from budget gear.
Due to many things (life mostly and the fact that my career hasn't turned out quite as I would have hoped), I find myself still mired in the cheaper end of the market. Don't get me wrong, my gear sounds good and I get a lot of enjoyment from it but areas need to be improved.
Narelle has said that I should take my Pro-Ject Debut III SE (Ortofon SM Blue) to the brewery. I recently sold my second TT from my old office (Pro-Ject Debut II w Ortofon 5E), so it makes logical sense to replace the main TT.
The question. How much do I need to spend if I want to make a significant leap in reproduction (arm and cart included) ?
My thought is that I need to get into the £1000 to £1500 region for a proper upgrade. Or do I need to spend more ? Obviously the more I can spend (to a point) the better things "should" be.
All opinions will, of course, be ignored and I will buy a Pro-Ject 2Xperience SB. But, go on. Tell me I can do better. Caveats (which will, no doubt, be ignored) are that it must be stylish and include a dust cover within the price.
Go on. Fill your boots....