I agree with an upgrade to the phono stage. As nice as the Cambridge is, it's only a $200 phono stage.
I really like the phono stage below. It's a tube unit that will definitely get you the atmosphere and ambiance you are looking for. It's pretty well priced also.
Before doing any upgrades, you might want to try the less than obvious and get your room under control. After that, then concentrate on anything in the system that vibrates. Micro vibrations smear the sound. Here's some things that work:
6. If you have any tubes in the system, check these out:
These six tweaks will transform your existing system and take it way beyond your expectations.
thanks for all the good input... the consensus seems to be that the Cambridge is a weak point. I'm going to see what I can find used around 400-500.
Room treatment is intriguing, though I think my room is fairly good as is. 15x 22 asymmetrical, slanted ceiling and effectively damped at 1st reflections. Also diffused in the corners. Balance of rug an hardwood.
Equipment well isolated on a good stand with flagstone shelf under the TT.
Wondering about AC power. I have a dedicated 10 amp line to the system from my panel. Does anyone have a thought on the effectiveness of improving power cords on a system at this level?
OP.. those are some pretty esoteric devices and a bit out of my budget in some cases. Maybe if my basic system were a bit more sophisticated...
I have the Herbie's platter mat, very effective. I'll give the tube dampers a shot too. The Rega white belt does make a difference, albeit small. Do you think OL belt goes further?
To Mofimadness, have you heard the MP-1P sold by Musical Paradise???. Their shipping cost is off the scale for such a small box. Also, $499 is hardly bargain basement. The pre-amp interior circuits and wiring look clean, but who makes this product??
To varyat, Have you heard this Lounge Audio phono pre-amp?? How good is it.??
Also, do you get two drinks for the cover charge, and is their piano man??
@sunnyjim, I own the Musical Paradise MP-1P and it is indeed and excellent unit for the money. The reason the shipping is so much is because it ships from Canada. A single LP shipped from Canada is $15, so the $60 price is about right. I’m sure these are made in China for Musical Paradise. Some of the units are actually shipped from their factory in China, if not in stock.
It’s extremely well made with top quality parts and sounds wonderful.
I have also owned the Lounge Audio phono stage and can attest to it’s superb performance also. At $300, it’s a great buy.
At $300, the Lounge is a steal..
I purchased one for my son ( LP12/Naim Nait2, Linn Kans ) and we were very happy with it. Ended up buying another one as a gift for my nephew ( Rega RP3, Rega Brio,Wharfdale bookshelf ) - he loves it as well. This is a fun phono and punches well above its' asking price...
While th thinking about an upgrade to the Cambridge, it occurred to me to try my old PSA 4.6 - just as a phono stage- feeding the Candela from the tape out.
Very nice. And improving as it runs in, having been in a closet for a long time.
Got to give it a a few days to settle in. Still on the hunt for that budget stage that'll hit the sweet spot between warmth and detail.
To Mofi madness and varyat thanks for the information. Unfortunately, the Lounge Audio phono pre-amp is only MM. I am not sure it could do high output MC's like Sumiko BP-2 or Dynavector 10X5 But I will check with them.
The Muiscal Paradise phono- pre is too expensive with shipping for my current analog needs Cheers.