If it were me first I would sell the P3's & move up the Harbeth ladder then upgrade cables a couple levels...
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freediver- the Croft/P3’s are my second system, which I tend to use at times when I don’t want to fire up my main system...often for short listening sessions. Of course, it sounds good enough to where I end up listening for hours. To be honest, I don’t want to pour much more cash in to this system. My cables are A23, which I really like. Your C7 suggestion does indeed make sense from an efficiency perspective. Thanks a bunch!
noromance- Yes, I believe you have mentioned the TELE 12AX7’s before. I also heard of another user being happy with the newer Grant Fidelity black ones, after having tried many. I still plan on trying a HO cartridge, but doubt it will be the London. This is only due to it’s design not being for the timid, as I’m sure it sounds wonderful. I do plan to give my Charisma (Denon)103 a rest soon, and go Hi output...I just bought an Air Tight PC-7 for my main setup, so that has kept me on the fence here longer still. I may just sell the Charisma, in order to free up funds for the HO cart. But that darned Charisma is a nice cartridge, which makes it so hard to sell. But counting my EMT Tsd-75, I have 3 cartridges for two systems. One would have to go if I bought a HO. This of course, if I want to keep at least one wife. I appreciate it as always (-:
You would be taking one step forward, two steps back. The 45 watt Croft is plenty enough for the P3. BTW, I’ve owned larger Harbeths and always preferred the P3. There is something about that speaker that is special to my ears! Here ya go!
Hard to beat the Harbeth-Croft combo. But the Yamaha has those meters which are hard to resist... joking aside as much as I love the Yamaha sound (and the casework and meters) I dont think it’s an upgrade over the Croft for those speakers. I would move to a Yamaha if you plan to change the speakers. Croft-Harbeth is an ideal second rig why mess with it?