a few years ago I bought a Project Carbon TT budget table with good reviews. Bought a cheap Emotiva phono pre to pair with it. I never really got into it and it’s been sitting for a year. I’m thinking about giving it another go. Couple questions:
Is the Project good enough to spend money on a better cartridge? If so any recommendations for reasonable ones? Thinking couple hundred new or used. Reasonably priced phono preamp better than the Emotiva? Tube or ss under let’s say $500.
just use it and enjoy them slowly upgrade... it's a journey you should enjoy as there is many knowledge involved in playing turntable. it's cheap to make mistake now to prevent more expensive mistakes.
If your headshell allows, changing out the headshell leads (4) can make an audible improvement in a turntable system’s performance. A number of well respected manufacturers sell these sets. Cardas comes to mind. I believe most headshell sets are sub $50.