MF A5 vs LK85/magik aktiv with Tukan small room?
small listening room. Very fond of my old Linn Tukans,perhaps overly so, but there it is; currently using them with their onboard x-overs. NAD 3155 now sleeps with the fishes. Pondering replacement amp choices around the $1200 USD range or less. Choice needs phono board since this is a vinyl room. Thinking of these:
(1) go Linn aktiv by buying used cards, an old magik integrated with phono, plus an LK 85. guessing the price is around 1100 all told for that before I pay a dealer (if can't DIY) to switch over the Tukans and put cards into the amp.
(2) Get a MF A5.
If I spent less on amplification, such as pick up another 3155 (etc.), I could upgrade my old TD150mkII with its original TP13 and a Grado Gold to a better vinyl source sooner although it has been my assumption that to make a big difference in sound quality would require spending nearly a thousand USD and buying and paying someone to install at least a new much better tonearm. I am bothered by inner groove compression and distortion.
I don't have time to listen to a lot of different gear, and we don't presently in Houston have a retail Linn "stockist" (as you say across the pond) so for Linn dealer assist I suppose I would be driving three hours to Austin. We have a local dealer selling the VPI and Rega tables.
I listen mostly to music made from acoustic instruments (chamber, orchestral, jazz). I prefer to spend money on records than gear but think I may have thrifted myself into a situation where I could make some big audible improvements for not terribly large sums of money...
I will thank all for suggestions and observations.