Phono stage ideas
Not sure if this should go in the analog or amplifier section, but here goes...
Thinking of the hundreds of LPs I have sitting on shelves or in peach crates just waiting to be played, and am seriously considering taking the plunge back into analog.
You can see my system at the link below. Ayre amplification and Vandy 5A's are the key elements for this discussion. I have eclectic musical taste: female vocalists, jazz, small acoustic arrangements, a bit of classical, and lots of blues, classic and modern rock. Just about anything but country and rap.
I'm leaning heavily toward a VPI Classic with a Lyra Delos cartridge, and need to identify the right phono stage, hopefully in the $2500 range.
With my Ayre gear, my original thought was to simply go with the P-5xe, which should have some synergy and has the advantage of being able to run balanced to my pre-amp. Then I read the reviews of the Parasound JC-3, which were very positive. And I've toyed with the idea of going the tube route, thinking I might be able to stretch to get a ARC PH-7 used (about $1000 or so more, but might be worth it...).
Would welcome any feedback from those with experience with those units in particular, as well as other suggestions in that general price range.
Thanks, and happy listening!