Not being technical, I'll still offer some basic thoughts. Normally, the less connections you have in the chain, the better the sound, so adding another connection and interconnects could in theory adversely affect things. That's why many of us use a DIN connector directly from the tonearm to the phono preamp. If you think that using higher quality interconnects to replace the integrated cables would improve the sound, then cutting the old ones to attach them to the RCA jacks would seem to be the worst choice, since you still have the integrated cable in your signal chain, so why even get rid of it. Option 2 would be the better choice of your two options, using a higher quality cable than the integrated cable. But my choice would be to stay with what you have, I think that the difference in cable quality would not be enough to offset the additional connections. Just MHO.
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Thanks for your input, that's helpful. In terms of modifying it to use a DIN connector, would you say that's worth while on a table like this? If so what would be baseline cost doing something like that myself?
I'm looking for another table now, but considering I can only get one if someone is willing to trade, that not pan out for weeks to years.
There are companies like Brit audio that rewire your tonearm and include a higher quality cable from cartridge to RCA. There is a product called the incognito rewire kit that they sell alone or install for you, which is an upgrade that I have had my eye on, though i may upgrade tonearm eventually so I am holding off...
I tried the Incognito and it was an improvement over the standard Rega wire
I've since replaced the arm and now have an Audiomods Series 3 with a single-run one meter harness from the RCA's through to the cartridge.
The RCA's are KLE Innovations Absolute Harmony, which I believe to be the best on the market at this moment in time.
I've tried the entire Harmony RCA range and they all offer superior transmission compared to the opposition. Each next model up simply offers an enhanced level of refinement.
Jeff at Audiomods will rewire arms with his silver harness and install the Harmony RCA's.
If you don't want to go that nuts, simply try installing the Harmony RCA's on the existing lead - it might just surprise you - they are very good.
I can see why you think installing RCA's might be a good idea, but a one piece harness is the way to go.