Originally Posted by John M Miller
So my wife wants be to decide today what I want for Christmas. I've frankly got a first world problem in that I don't really want anything, but she won't just give me an IOU for travel. All I can think of is to upgrade my turntable. Would the Pro-Ject really be a upgrade over my Audio-Technica (upgraded with a Shure M97xE cartridge)?
The rest of my system is:
Zu Omen floorstanding speakers
Jolida JD9 preamp
They're different animals, but on balance, the Carbon is a nice step up from the LP120. The biggest change will be going from the direct drive LP120 to the belt drive Carbon. Belt drive gives you better isolation of the platter from the motor, but has less precise speed regulation, so you could see an increase in wow/flutter, but nothing dramatic. I think the Carbon gives you the best bang for the buck in its price range, FWIW.
The 2M Red cart that comes with the Carbon is probably a small upgrade over your Shure, but not huge. The thing is you can listen to both carts, and if you like the Shure better, you'll have no trouble selling the LP120 with the Red installed.