If you are using a moving coil cartridge, have you considered a step up transformer. Bent Audio has several different models to choose from. Ranging from 14db to 26db. Could be your answer.
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I owned an SA 5.1 for several years, thought it was a huge jump above the 7.1 that I started with. An SA-5000 came across my path at a bargain price, and without ANY upgrades it was far, far sweeter, more detailed, accurate and musical than the 5.1. I use the jfet MC stage in it and get sounds that continue to impress my high-end audio buddies, who can't believe I don't have a stepup or a separate phono stage. The line stage leaves little to quibble.
I want to send this baby to Michael Elliot to get some big time upgrades, but I can scarcely bear to part with it for even a short time.