Hi Dennis and welcome! Many members have given you honest, helpful information towards your situation, however, it is up to you to take the time to get out there and find out what it is that YOU like and dislike. I had a question about building a dedicated 2.0 channel setup last spring, and while I was given a road map, I ended up charting my own course (eventually abandoning the 2.0 idea and totally revamping my 5.1 setup instead, which is still ongoing) because the best advice I was given was to get out and demo as much gear as I could. If I were in your shoes, I would consider buying the best (not based solely on the amount of $$) options I could afford, because it just makes sense to look down the road, rather than opt for a quick fix. You might prefer the sound of that AT phono preamp and a P1 over the way that recommended Sony deck sounds on your setup, or vice-versa. I'm in the school of you get what you pay for, but there always will be exceptions, like that AT preamp. What we can do for you here is steer you away from those questionable, or just plain bad, purchase decisions, like in the case of the PL-990. At any rate get out there and do the damn thing! PS - Whatever you decide just know that you will want to upgrade it eventually because the simple fact that you're on this forum speaks to the potential you have of becoming a sicko like the rest of us!