How to make my turntable sound better...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by waloshin, Apr 16, 2018.

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Which would be a better buy for sound quality?

  1. New Stylus

    5 vote(s)
    83.3%
  2. New Preamp

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. Other

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    #1
    I have a Project Primary turntable with the stock Ortofon OM 5E stylus, and a DJ PRE II preamp. I usually connect this to my Focusrite 2i2 2nd gen with some JBL LSR 305 monitors.

    Would I see a better upgrade in a new stylus or a different preamp?

    Thanks
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5

    Fishrrman

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    You'd probably do better to pose this question over at gearslutz.com.

    That's where the heavy-hittin' audio guys congregate!
     
  3. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thank you.
     
  4. tobiasenstrom macrumors newbie

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    Both would improve the sound. I would go for the preamp 1st. Have a look at what Hi-Fi for ideas.
     
  5. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

    DakotaGuy

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    OM 5E is pretty bottom of the line for them. It's not terrible, but you can do better for sure. My Dual CS 460 came with an OM 10 and I put an OM 20 elliptical diamond stylus on it. I think you can easily upgrade the OM 5E as well with just a better stylus without replacing the whole cartridge.

    I have a Cambridge Audio 551P pre-amp. I think it performs well for being a less expensive pre-amp.
     

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