Here are five upgrade accessories that range from the old-school world of analog vinyl, to new, tweaky items for the true do-it-yourselfer electronics enthusiasts
Tripp Lite IS 1000 Isolation Transformer
Pangea Audio P-100 Power Supply
Audience Auricap XO High Resolution Capacitors
Audio Technica AT440MLa Phono Cartridge
Nordost Purple Flare Power Cable (C-7)
 
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Audio Technica AT440MLa Phono Cartridge

Phono cartridges are one of the oldest upgrades a music lover can make to their analog systems, and for decades Audio Technica has been a go-to resource for cartridges. The company’s AT440MLa is a moderately priced cartridge that is available for a street price for about $240, and this moving magnet product (MM) provides users with a 4.0mV output. After replacing the cartridge on a Thorens TD-160 turntable that I rebuilt I found the AT440MLa to give me a more dynamic frequency response with a warmer top end and wider soundtage. Overall it was a dramatic improvement over the entry level cartridge that was previously on my Thorens.

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