Need help selecting a Phono Stage
Seeking inputs / assistance from all the Vinyl pundits out there
I would like to improve the audio quality from my current system while playing vinyls. In my limited understanding, I believe, adding an external phono stage/amp to my system should do the job. Needless to say, I need to keep the costs under control
My current system consists of (a) Rega RP1 turntable (b) Denon PMA 1500AE intgrated amplifier connected to (c) KEF Q7 floorstanders. That's the vinyl bit. Besides that, I play my CDs through a Denon DCD 700AE CD player connected to an Audiolab MDAC
My queries :
1] How good is the in-built phono stage of my Denon amplifier ? Is it good enough to complement my current turntable & speakers ? Would I experience a quantum improvement in the audio output were I to opt for an external phono stage, without upgrading my turntable/speakers ?
2] If I need to opt for a phono stage, which one should I go for ? Which phono stage would best complement my current system and do justice to a better turntable were I to upgrade in the near future ? Should I look at a Rega Fono Mini A2D or something more accomplished like the Leema Elements or a phono stage in between ?