Glad to hear of your discovery, what a great hobby, huh?
The irony of this discovery is that the Cambridge 640 kicked off massive upgrade fever last year:
- In April I started by adding the 640P to my stack of pawnshop electronics and heard more ambience and detail.
- The next month I upgraded the cartridge from a Denon DL-160 to an Audio Technica AT150MLX.
- Two months after that I replaced the sub/satellite speakers with some much more expensive floorstanding speakers.
- Two months after that I replaced the electronics with the Onkyo A-9555. I didn't even consider using the Onkyo's built-in phono stage at that point.
- Last night I bypassed the 640P. The only thing remaining from my system 10 months ago is the turntable. This bypass reveals that the turntable was just fine, so it's staying.
Yes it is fun. Now I'm not sure what to do with the 640P--sell it or keep it around if I ever go to an LOMC. Of course, I *could* get an SUT and still use the Onkyo's phono stage; that may be smarter.