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  1. Thanks all for the many posts and wealth of information. It's greatly appreciated... Funny you should mention the Schiit Mani & MP-110 as that's what I finished up deciding on - just waiting on the items to arrive. Hopefully won't catch upgradeitis anytime soon... Just have to do some reading on cartridge setup now...
  2. Thanks for the links - very interesting viewing and a little more reading to do.
  3. OK, thanks. I'm more into a balanced sound - not something that's bass heavy. Although maybe the XSV3000 might suit my 105/3s as they can be a little light down low.?
  4. Yes, from what I've been able to find out about my TT, the AT95E is a good fit. Any thoughts on the validity of upgrading to the AT-95VL which is obviously a few more $$$s? Thanks for the pointer on the Cord - will add it to the reading list.
  5. Thanks for the pointer re: the Pickering XV15 / Stanton 680's - they sound like a good option. Would they work OK with something like the I had a quick look on eBay and there seems to be quite a few listed from the US / Europe - more so than the Stanton 881S which is also a little pricier. Is it best to get a cartridge with an OEM stylus or are there better aftermarket ones available?
  6. OK, thanks for letting me know about the trial availability - I'll look into that once I get the cartridge sorted. The phono stages do seem to be well regarded and used ones advertised on here seem to sell quickly.
  7. Hi All, I'm very much a newbie when it comes to turntables so I'm looking for a little advice. I've got my hands on a Toshiba (Aurex) SR-Q550 turntable from a now passed family member and would like to get back into playing some vinyl with it. From what I've read on the net it seems to be a reasonable quality turntable from the early '80s with a mid-mass arm. The turntable still appears to have the original cartridge & stylus but I'm looking to purchase a suitable replacement + a phono preamp to connect it up to my existing '90s vintage gear. Some suitable cartridges I've read about through various forums include Audio-Technica's AT95E or AT100E, Shure M97xE, Ortofon Super OM 10 or 2M Red. Anybody have any thoughts on these or other cartridges that may suit? In terms of phono preamps, I've shortlisted the following grouped by similar price points: - Cambridge Audio CP2 v Vincent PHO-8 v Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 'Communicator' - Graham Slee Gram2 Amp 2 SE v Dared LP1 v Vincent PhO-701 Would it be worth purchasing something from the 2nd group based on the turntable quality or is it wasted money? Thanks in advance for any advice.
  8. Hi, Just joined after lurking for a while.... I'm looking at sourcing some vintage gear and need to do some research. Cheers!