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I have nothing vintage or expensive. A nice mid priced Thorens TD-203 w/ their uni-pivot tonearm. It's since been discontinued but is a lot of bang for the buck.

The downside is it has a cheap generic captive hardwire phono cable that I would like to change.

 

Below are the best cost options I've seen. Are there cheaper options out there?

 

Pro-Ject RCA junction box at $60 usd and use my own interconnects I have laying around.

https://hifiheaven.net/shop/Music-Hall-Pro-Ject-RCA-Junction-Box-for-Hardwired-Tonearms

 

or...

 

Pro-Ject phono cable and cut connectors off one end and hardwire to my Thorens (there are also generic Chinese phono cables for cheaper)

https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Ject-Connect-Phono-Interconnect-Cable/dp/B018I08618/ref=sr_1_9?crid=IXDZH6WWZ7Z4&keywords=turntable+rca+cable&qid=1642790389&sprefix=turntable+rca+%2Caps%2C77&sr=8-9

 

Obviously the junction box is most versatile, but I'm not going to switch cables around to find the best sound. I just want to upgrade from the cheap generic thin phono cable that is fix to the turntable. 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, mjcmt said:

I have nothing vintage or expensive. A nice mid priced Thorens TD-203 w/ their uni-pivot tonearm. It's since been discontinued but is a lot of bang for the buck.

The downside is it has a cheap generic captive hardwire phono cable that I would like to change.

 

Below are the best cost options I've seen. Are there cheaper options out there?

 

Pro-Ject RCA junction box at $60 usd and use my own interconnects I have laying around.

https://hifiheaven.net/shop/Music-Hall-Pro-Ject-RCA-Junction-Box-for-Hardwired-Tonearms

 

or...

 

Pro-Ject phono cable and cut connectors off one end and hardwire to my Thorens (there are also generic Chinese phono cables for cheaper)

https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Ject-Connect-Phono-Interconnect-Cable/dp/B018I08618/ref=sr_1_9?crid=IXDZH6WWZ7Z4&keywords=turntable+rca+cable&qid=1642790389&sprefix=turntable+rca+%2Caps%2C77&sr=8-9

 

Obviously the junction box is most versatile, but I'm not going to switch cables around to find the best sound. I just want to upgrade from the cheap generic thin phono cable that is fix to the turntable. 

 

 

 

 

 

TD-203.jpg

 

 

I happen to own a Pro-ject Essential 3 tt and take it from me, that junction box you posted a link of looks much better built than the plastic one that is on the back of my Project tt, so I would definitely go for that after market project.

If your generic phono cable is decent quality and issue free, I would keep it. I myself have had issues with my Project one, so a famous 'brand' doesn't guarantee excellent quality!

 

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