best Front end for B&W 801 Matrix 3?

Just got a pair of 801 3's.  Running an ARC SP6 with an ARC d-300.  TT & Cart are weak.  Any suggestions that are not stratospheric in price?
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I know how many audiophiles swear by ARC of the era and B&W, but I sure never got into that combination.

Have you tried a CJ of the era, or a more modern ARC??

Oh, and if you haven't already, have the caps upgraded. Modern film caps are so much better.

Any comments on how the system sounds to you with said 'weak tt'?
It's lacking any space or defined soundstage.  Thin in the middle.  TT is a Denon dp-51f with an Ortophon 2M red