I’m expecting a windfall and find myself in unfamiliar territory - namely, having a decent budget for the first time in ages (about £5000).
Michell Orbe / Rb300 /Ortofon MC 25fl
Sugden Masterclass PA-4 phono stage
Rega Jupiter / Io CDP
Gato Dia-250 integrated amp
Overall, I’m happy with what I have, so am not about to blow the whole budget if I don’t need to. But if there are meaningful improvements to be had…
My gut feeling is that the Orbe and phono stage will stay, and that a new arm and cartridge could be a good move.
The H2s are great, but have not met with universal approval on the aesthetic front. I could certainly keep them, though would be curious to know how much I’d need to spend to improve both sound and appearance. Quite a lot, I suspect.
Rega CDP is fine (I can’t get very excited about CDs).
The amp is also very good and seems to like the H2s, though if the latter end up staying I could happily mess about with amps again.
My eldest is 18, so I will soon be forking out funds for him to piss up the wall at Uni (assuming the idle bugger pulls his finger out and gets some revision done before his exams), so this is likely to be the last round of hifi spending for a while.
Or I could just spend the cash on meths and scratch cards. I dunno.
Is the arm/cartridge upgrade a good idea or would my money be better spent elsewhere?
Best upgrade imo is to buy yourself some more records.
If you really want to spend your money on the system then I’d tend to look at speakers and cartridge first.
In your case if you’re going to keep your H2’s, and I suggest that you do if at all possible, then there are options to spend money on them cosmetically, isolation platforms, maintaining the drivers or upgrading the tweeter / crossovers.
If you didn’t fancy that then I’d treat yourself to a new cartridge- can’t go wrong with a nice new Hana SL
Do you think she would live with the H2’s if the alternative was having 12 months of trial and error with a new pair of speakers appearing every 2 months, with the conclusion that you’ve burned your way through the five grand and are less happy than when you started!
Start leaving pictures of big really fugly speakers lying around the house for her to find
No need - I had teak Isobariks. I just need to make a passing reference to those. My wife hated them with a passion. On realising this, I bought a second pair and put them at the other end of the lounge (they were cheap). Since then, the only speakers that remain forbidden fruit are ESL57s…