John, I'm not specifically familiar with your TT, but I used an SP16 for a couple of years. IMHO, the phono stage in that unit is a bit limited. I bit the bullet and upgraded to a VTL 6.5 line stage and an ARC PH5 phono stage. Prior to selling the SP16, I compared its phono performance with that of the PH5. I realize that the PH5 costs as much as the whole SP16, but I was frankly shocked when I used just the phono stage of the SP16 into the VTL. Compared with the PH5, the SP16 phono section was quite compressed and a bit glarey on the top end. Others will weigh-in on your TT and cartridge, but you may find a good deal on Audiogon for a used PH3 or other nice phono stage and this may make a big difference.
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