Recommendations for Integrated Preamp Migration to Separates?

After some very good years with the Audible Illusions Modulus 3a and integrated MM phono, there appear to have been some outstanding components developed since.  So now, I am becoming interested to evolve my integrated pre-amplification to separates (phono and line); but, with the caveat of still keeping the AIM3a employed specifically as either:

  1) MM phono stage only and upgrading to a better line stage (tbd)

  2) Line stage only and upgrading to a better phono stage (tbd)

In short, I’d like to continue using the AIM3a and the better-considered stage.  Any specific thoughts, suggestions or advice on this approach?

Much appreciated!

Showing 1 response by millercarbon

You'll be able to get much better sound from a good integrated like a Raven Blackhawk or Reflection than just about any combination of separates you can put together for the same total cost. But while I will do everything in my power to talk you out of throwing money away on separates, I wouldn't for a minute want to discourage you from upgrading to the Herron VTPH2A phono stage. That's a true no-brainer.