I currently run a Rega p3 with a goldring 1012 gx cartridge in to a Cambridge azur 540p then via an Arcam A 28 to PMCdb1i's. What great phono amps are there for under £250
Secondhand Trichord Dino (plus power supply) works well for me.
I had a 540p before changing to the Dino, and the step-up was significant.
Pioneer tv + LX85, Sony HW15 Proj, Cyrus DAC XP+/Mono X300/CDXTSE2/PSXRx2, Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grands and Maestro centre, B&W CM1 surrounds /PV1D (9.1), CA BD751, Virgin TiVo, Inspire Rega t/t, Benz Glider MC, EAR 834P phono amp; Slee Novo Headphone Amp.TQ Black.
Seconded, probably the best around for the money you want to spend.
Origin Live Aurora Gold+Illustrious Mk2 arm+Zyx R100-02/Stello CDT200+Stello DA220 dac/Tom Evans Groove Anniversary phono amp/Tom Evans Vibe preamp/Linear A power amp/Acoustic Zen Adagios/Chord cables/Oppo 105EU.
valve phono stage would be nice but 250 might be pushing it a bit, the project one is good but better if you change out the stock tubes but again more money, i like valves and vinyl but there are some nice solid states out there, rega's own ones for example but you should have a least a short list and audition some with your kit which most dealers look like they would have considering what you have, does your arcam have a phono stage already built in, i assume you have tried it if it has but if not it might be better than the 540.
might be worth keeping an eye on ...
Bit out of you price , but a good stage
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have a look around the used market for a edwards, if you can find a mc with phone stage at the right price they are superb
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