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    Looking for upgrade advice

    Hi All, I'm looking to upgrade my current system.

    This is for a home set-up in a fairly small room and I can't play it loud because of neighbors so volume is not an issue. I'm always looking for that cool experience of listening to a record I've heard many times and then hearing something new -- another layer of harmonies, guitar, a subtle cymbal, etc. At home I listen to a range of rock, Americana, soul, and singer-songwriter, e.g. Stevie Nicks, Zep, REM, Besnard Lakes, Aretha, Barr Brothers, First Aid Kit, Jake Bugg, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr.

    Current system and what I'm considering:

    JBL Studio 230 speakers -- I'm happy with these

    UTurn Orbit Custom turntable -- I'm looking to upgrade. Thinking of a Rega Planar 1 or maybe 2. I have a VinylPlay (which I believe is made by Rega) in my office and it's a lot more substantial than my Uturn (though I think the UTurn was a terrific upgrade from what I had previously), but it's a bit beat up (was a floor model) so I don't want to bring it home). I'm open to something other than a Rega, but leaning toward that because the office TT is so good.

    Onkyo A-9010 Integrated Amplifier -- I'm looking to upgrade. This was a strongly-recommended amplifier, but recently a sound guy pointed out it's still digital and I'd get more from an analog option. I only use this for the turntable -- no other components or radio, etc. This is the area I know the least about (amps).

    I care somewhat about visual aesthetics as well. I'm open to something classic or contemporary, I just want it to look good. I'm also open to vintage if it's easy to get and reliable.

    So, sound is the top priority, followed by look... volume and range of features less important.

    I'd like to spend less than $700, though could spend a little more.

    (sorry for the bold, I can't get it to un-do).

    Advice?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by joeinid; November 24, 2017 at 12:23 PM.

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    Re: Looking for upgrade advice

    Welcome to the forum, thank you for joining.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AXII (incoming), Job INTegrated

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7 (incoming), Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, Lumin U1 mini, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

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    Re: Looking for upgrade advice

    If you could stretch a little more and look at a Job INTegrated, you might be blown away.

    http://www.jobsys.com/products.htm

    You'd also have to add a phono preamp too and that might blow the budget. Not sure what else in that $700+ range you'd want to own.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AXII (incoming), Job INTegrated

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7 (incoming), Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, Lumin U1 mini, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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