What to upgrade first….


Standard Member
Hello, still very new to hifi, please bear with me.

My current set up is:
Amp- Cambridge audio atac 3.
TT- denon dp300f. Using internal phono pre-amp.
Cart- at95ex.
Speakers-mission lx2

Cables and interconnects- cheap Amazon….

Now, I’m going to get some better speaker cable. My question is, if you had to upgrade one thing, what would it be…?

New amp with phono input / new external pre-amp / new cartridge?

Budget of up to £75-£100. No problems with second hand equipment.

Thanks in advance


Well-known Member
75 to 100 probably won't give you any worthwhile improvement I would think. Unless your speaker cable is very thin or substandard it should be fine. I'd probably just buy a streamer or decent Bluetooth or USB dac to give myself more options.

I'd say ideally you'd need to double or triple your budget to do anything more than a sidestep


Standard Member
Fair enough. Thanks for the reply. It all sounds ok for the time being so will save up and do something a bit more worthwhile along the way. Any other thoughts appreciated…


Distinguished Member
If you mean you have Amazon basic then those cables are more than up to the job. No need to spend any more.

I agree with muljao too. You’d need a bigger budget, around the £250 mark at least, to better what you have, and then I’d probably go for a better amp.

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