How to make my turntable sound better...

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


Which would be a better buy for sound quality?

  1. New Stylus

    5 vote(s)
  2. New Preamp

    1 vote(s)
  3. Other

    0 vote(s)
  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    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?

  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    You'd probably do better to pose this question over at

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

    Oct 9, 2008
    Thank you.
  4. tobiasenstrom macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2018
    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


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    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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