Office system in a small space. McIntosh integrated + Kenwood "Rock" turntable form the heart of this late-1970s analog memory machine. Updated with cult-favorite Nagaoka MM cartridge run through Schiit Audio Mani phono stage. Focal bookshelf speakers are crisp and detailed, but mellowed by the amazing McIntosh MA-5100. Is there a vintage bookshelf speaker that I'd like even better? Unexpectedly superb McIntosh headphone section is warm, cozy, and redolent with oh-so-late-70s vibe.
Part of me is wondering whether the KD-550 might benefit from a better tonearm. The stock 'arm seems like a weak point. But then I'm not sure whether lots more tonearm investment in the Kenwood deck makes sense. Plus I'd have to steep-learning-curve-DIY a new arm board, etc. Maybe I could find a vintage arm that would be suitable and easy to mount. Thoughts?
Quite a nice vintage/modern system. I had the 5100 years ago and it has a smooth musical sound, so it should be a great match with the detailed modern Mani phono preamp. I hope you've had the mac recapped to bring it up to spec.
What speakers are you using as you forgot to list your speakers in your equipment list.