Hi I'm pretty new to this forum (or at least posting here). I'm also a budget enthusiast. I've had a pluto u-turn phono pre-amp since 2017. It replaced an old chinese tube pre-amp which was horrible. This one has been a bit better, but being in a larger room I notice it seems to lack... volume, punch, and anything really interesting. It also seems to sometimes pick up erroneous signals; I swear I've had it peek in on phone calls randomly thru the day when it's on the channel. I have to turn my amp (which is just a Yamaha RX-V381 AV receiver) up to like 90% to get it decently loud, and that gets hot. It all starts with my Technics SL-1200. I listen to mostly 60s and 70s rock and some 80s thru modern metal. I paid $80 for this pre-amp. I was looking to go up a step, which I guess would be between $200-350. I want a definite upgrade though. Hopefully this is enough information, thanks!