Perhaps I can help. The signal from a phono cartridge is far lower (mV rather than Volts)than a cd player or tuner, so a cable designed for this particular function is the way to get the best from your vinyl playback. Interestingly enough, Cardas makes their Neutral Ref in a phono cable for under $300/1.25M and this is an excellent choice. Higher up the performance ladder is the Music Groove from Hovland at $800 and from there, you can go well past the point of common sense and performance. The only standard interconnect that I have used that had acceptable performance was the Nirvana SX Ltd - everything else seems to muddle the cartridge's performance.
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