Upgrade your cartridge
Price: $100 and up
A different cartridge is a great way to try a new sound without having to buy a whole new table. But of all the tweaks it’s also the one most fraught with peril: headshell wires are delicate and it’s easy to tear them off. Not confident? It’s worth paying someone to do it for you.
The Goldring E3 is the top of the company’s entry-level series and offers a smooth, very balanced sound.
The Sumiko Olympia ($199) is part of a new range of cartridges for the company, and like the Goldring, it allows you to upgrade to a better stylus by simply removing the stylus assembly (the green part) — no tools needed.