1600 albums purchased, 3 amps, 3 pre-amps, 4 sets of speakers, 2 turntables, 3 different types of cable, two different types of interconnect, a host of room modifications including speaker placement along with acoustic treatments of varied types, and about 12 different cart/stylus changes. I finally have this setup at what my still rather neophyte ears feel is a good sound (depending on the pressing a great sound), but I cant help wonder what lies on the other side of the fence. I have utilized this exact setup for almost the last year now and had no desire until recently to upgrade any equipment..... - Yamaha AS-501 Amp - Lounge LCR MKIII Phono Pre (Silver wire) w/ mono switch - Pro-Ject Xtension 9 (9cc Evo arm) Turntable - Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 speakers - Blue Jean speaker cable and Audioquest interconnects - Audio Technica VM740ML MM cart/stylus Room size is about 12x12. Wondering where to go to get more punch and keep the cost in check. I have had a few try to steer me to MC carts as an overall upgrade. This would require either a new phono pre or the step up option the lounge offers (not sure if that is best path or not?) Maybe its new speakers? Would a new Amp do much or is that an afterthought at this point? I am a huge fan of Micro Line stylus and the sound they give. I have tried others, even a Denon 103 MC with an older pre amp that could do MC carts. Did not like it. Okay, so any thoughts?