After a thorough service my old Pink Triangle LPT turntable is set up and running. It’s performing (almost) like new and the vinyl end of my system is sounding pretty good. But I’m in the mood to tinker. Most of my gear was bought 20 years ago and some of it was second-hand even then. I’m wondering if advances in design and technology over the last 20 years mean that upgrades will bring significant improvements in sound quality.
For example, the turntable is fitted with an RB300, a benchmark tone arm at this level when I bought it. I’m happy with the sound but can I make it better? Is there a tone arm out there that will work with the LPT and offer a noticeable improvement in sound quality? The current cartridge, a Nagaoka TS11, is still in good condition but will need replacing at some point. When that time comes which cartridges should I consider? I’m using a Moth 30 two block phono stage, again excellent in its day but have advances in audio technology left it behind? Will one of the newer phono stages outperform it or if I upgrade my trusty old Pioneer A400, still going strong, will a higher end amplifier provide a phono input that does away with the need for a separate phono stage?
It’s all a question of what’s worth doing if the LPT is the basis of the set up. I read the magazine reviews to glean information but am not sure how, before splashing my hard-earned, I can compare what I’ve already got in terms of tone arm, cartridge and phono stage with what’s on the market now. So I’m hoping that the wisdom and experience of other contributors will help.