I Need Some Opinions...


I have a modest turntable setup consisting of a Pro-Ject RM 5.1SE with the stock 9cc carbon arm. I use it through a Project Phono Box II SE and use a Pro-Ject Speed Box II SE. The preamp is connected to my Krell 400xi integrated driving Hales Revelation 3 speakers. I am still using the Sumiko Blue Point No.2 which came with the table.

My thought is I could likely improve the performance of this setup by changing cartridges; looking for more detail I THINK a LOMC might be a good idea. Is this a correct thought?


I am considering a Goldring Eroica LX for this setup. Any ideas if this will get me what I’m after? 

Would I be able to reap more benefits from a much better (i.e. more expensive) LOMC or would my current system make such a purchase meaningless?


Thanks for any input.
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Thank you for taking the time to reply.  It is appreciated.  I will reread your advise  in the morning.  You’ve given me new things to consider which is always valuable.  Thanks again.
Thanks to everyone who replied.  All input is appreciated.  
My phono preamp’s MC setting has 60db gain and it’s MM setting has 40db gain.
It also has jumpers for setting impedance and load resistance. In its era, the Phono Box SE II got some very favorable reviews in its price point (only $500}.

If it helps with pertinent information, here is a link to my system:

https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/7425

To throw in a twist, I think a VPI Prime Scout might be a huge upgrade in tables. Thinking I could pull that trigger and retire my current table. I would also likely need to upgrade my phono preamp. Opinions on this idea would also be appreciated.

I have lots of things to consider and, thanks to. Covid 19, lots of time to consider them while working from home.

Thanks to all
Bob, thanks for the reply.  I’ve gotten a lot of advice which I need to ponder.  I guess I need to determine what I truly want from my analog system.  Do I tweek what I have, change cartridges or start over from scratch and go big lol.  I have a lot to think about.  I appreciate all the input and am learning a lot.
I’m mostly digital but I do own 700+ LP’s.  I started buying Albums in 1980, my first purchase being “Extended Play” by Pretenders.  Most of my records are in good shape, although my first 100 or so moved with me to college where they were sometimes abused by myself and others.  I have set up cartridges in the past but I wouldn’t call myself an expert by any means.  I am happy with my digital setup. Thanks for replying.
After contemplating all the advice I received, I decided my best plan would be to upgrade my phono preamp.

I was able to get an Allnic H-1200 for a very fair price in excellent condition. I placed it in my system this morning and listened to 3 sides of vinyl I know quite well. The preamp has transformed my record playback to a level I didn’t think my table and cartridge were capable of reaching.

Thanks to all who gave me input and directed my thinking. It produced an amazing change for me.