I think a new(er) NAD integrated, a BEE series, would be a nice upgrade. Plus a newer BEE has input for ipod source. I would go for more power too. Or consider if your turntable needs a new cartridge.
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I see here posted on Agon - a Sumo Elektra preamp with a very decent MM/MC phono stage. Add the B&K ST-2020 amp held here on auction and you have a very respecible set up for the money. I'm sure there are many other combo's via what's posted on Agon others can suggest. Buying used offers the best bang for the buck assuming you research and shop carefully. I acquired a B&K MC101 preamp for $275 and a Monarchy Audio SM-70 amp (original version)for around $350. Very happy with the combo.
I have an old 3155 integrated as well, in a secondary system for casual listening. No, it was never a contender for transparency but it is a nice integrated for a beginners system and you will pay much more for new equipment to beat it. After all, this is 25+ years old.
Due to this age it is probably wise to re-cap it. I did this about 5 years ago and it did come back to life and sounds fine again. Better than original? Who knows, I can't go back 25 years to compare, but it was definitely better after the recap than before. Cost me about $100 in parts (Panasonic FC caps from Digikey) and I did the work myself. It was a fun project, just be sure to go one part replacement at a time and replace exact values.