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Dear Johnbender: IMHO a source change can/could give you a better quality performance improvement than the TT change.
You can try a MM/MI cartridge that are very good performers and IMHO better than the MC ones. The MM/MI cartridges likes a 100kohms on load impedance and you can order for 10.00 euros an extra plug for that impedance change to the builder: woth to try it.
regards and enjoy the music,
Dear Johnbender: There are options on your budget, some of this options for second hand vintage " great " cartridges like these:
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?anlgcart&1258377072&/Technics-EPC-205Cmk3 , yes I know that for this you need a removable headshell tonearm design. This kind of tonearm can give you advantages of what you have right now and the cartridge is something to own.
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?anlgcart&1259282100&/Shure-V-15-Type-3 this one is a good option due that comes with the Jico SAS stylus replacement.
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?anlgcart&1260017308&/B-O-mmc-20cl good cartridge if you can get for a lower price than what the seller ask.
the Reson Reca is very good option too, read here what a Rega owner say about ( Dr_joe ):
this one is extraordinary ( MMC2 ):
As you can see there are several good options.
Regards and enjoy the music,
Yes, I do believe so - the RB700 is a better arm, would be the main difference. I also use the TT-PSU, and would highly recommend that. A couple of different Rega dealers I know will tell you that the P7, while probably a better table than the P5, is not enough of an upgrade over it to justify the large price difference, and that you would need to go all the way up to the P9 to see a big quality difference.
Go for the P7 I would say. Spending more money on the p25 would seem a waste. I have owned a P25 and swtiched to a VPI Scout. I also thought about upgrading my P25 but I found out it is cheaper to just sell the P25 and buy a better turntable. A fully pimped P25 doesn't sell for much more then a standerd P25 I think.
I would skip the P5 and go straight for a P7, with the P5 you still need to buy the special motor controll unit to make it really good and with the P7 it comes as standerd.
I would not sell your P25 until you are completely satisfied with whatever turntable you buy, should you decide to go that route. I know of a few people who had sellers remorse after being let down by their "new" purchase. The P25 was replaced by the P5 so you basically have something with some degree of rarity.
The P7 will definitely sound different than your P25 but will it satisfy you, given the price difference. I prefer the P5 as the best buy in the Rega line. I own a P5 and a P3/2000, although I outfitted my P3 with an RB-700 tonearm a few years ago. I know someone who is considering selling his P7 because he is so distracted by the P7 platter.
It has been a while since I moved from the P25 to the VPI Scout. I find it hard to discribe a difference in sound.
I use a Lyra Dorian in my Scout. The Scout is a bit smoother less in your face then the Rega I think. Rgea is more about attack, fast en detailed. The scout to my ears is more about music. When I'm shopping for new gear I never go for the warm sounding, or the in your face sounding gear. I want to hear the details as part of the music. I don't want to listen to independent sounds. Neither do I want an overly warm and lush sound.
When I hear an acoustic gitaar I want to hear the small sound (ting) when the player hits snare but only as part of music the instrument makes.
I think I get that from my Scout with Dorian, the scout has a good foundation, the Dorian takes the music out and let me hear it.
I hope this was of any help.