First, you'll need a decent receiver or preamp w/a phono stage. You might check out some of the older NADs that have good phono stages, as they can be had for not a lot. If you're satisfied w/the sound of this, I'd say stop and invest your money in records. If your records still sound crappy, it's likely that your cartridge is shot and/or you have a turntable set-up problem. I'd ask the guys at the record shop what's good and affordable (they're usually vinyl heads too), or do some research on brands like Rega, Music Hall, Thorens, and NAD, which all sell turntables that won't break the bank.
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