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I'm not an expert but

I'd play around first with free stuff: component damping and speaker placement, room treatment with rugs or wall hangings if needed, then look at cartridges and speakers. I've also got an affordable vintage system with a Rega Planar 3 (Onkyo P306RS preamp, Hitachi HMA 7500 power amp, Paradigm 9SEs).

Around here for a couple of hundred bucks you can buy a pair of Paradigm 7SEs, vintage JBLs, KEFs or others that you could resell if they are not better in your room than your present speakers. That would give you a chance to try out different speakers in your room, assuming you can't borrow some.

Others will no doubt suggest cartridges. I'm using several, including a Sumiko Black Pearl, but my favorite is an older ADC XLM MkIII which others here have praised. I haven't heard the Grados.

Good luck with the experiment!

Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival. W. Edwards Deming (1900 - 1993)


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