Hi all, new here so please be patient with … im a bit clueless.
I have a Nait 5i 2, unitiserve and Naim streamer (nd5 xs??) and have just bought the rega planar 3 50th anniversar. I already had a musical fidelity phono stage ( x lps v3) all through some linn majik 109 speakers.
Im v happy with the sound but the vinyl sounds fairly ‘muddy’.
Im using decent phono to phono cables but what am i missing? Am i connecting to the amp correctly (into tuner or av via phono)? Is the phono stage just not goid enough? Is the rega exact cartridge a poor match for the rest? Somewhat flummoxed!
Does the Anniversary come with cables? If not what make/model of cables are you using between it and the phono stage? If they’re good cables, but not specifically for turntable use, I wonder if they’re high capacitance and causing issues because of it.
The Musical Fidelity Phono stage might be the cause/contributor…
(firstly though I’d be looking at ‘Vinyl’ in general… check against steps given above to ensure everything is solid)
The X line of musical fidelity was something I bought a fair bit of; inspired me to do a quick net search (ensure no tubes in your phono stage etc); and from a few web pages hit- they were not the best for MC carts, and your high power output MM cart might not be a great match (?maybe), but the age of the component (phono stage) might mean it is a candidate for service anyway (a few people have upgraded the power supply etc over the years).
Given they had mixed fans even when they ruled the market (some passing on them quickly, some ‘loving them’ deeply…) the consensus that equivalent money (or more) spent on a part that is more capable might lead to the best audio improvement that the setup could yield.
otherwise- I agree with your ‘basics’- that the phono output goes to the phono stage, the output from the phono stage can go to any regular ‘line’ input on your amp, and you should be up up and away.
the age on the old MF X phono stage, might means it is ‘out of caliber’ and/or the exceeding output capability on the Exact cartridge (Rega make it sound like it is a high output MM cart) might prove of poor compatibility with the present phono stage being used.
Sure cables could be stifling it etc,… and glad you brought your question to the forum; it can be frustrating knowing you are doing everything ‘right’ but that clearly something just isn’t correct.
maybe look up the Musical Fidelity part and check if the MM cart specs it expects are a range that the much newer Rega Exact (MM) cartridge outputs.
You wouldn’t be the first person to have mismatched phono electronics to meet their actual needs
Can I check, the Rega via phono stage sounds better through the other line inputs? Or other line sources sound ok through the other inputs? If you try the Rega through another input and it still sounds muddy then it’s a bit more evidence pointing to the turntable, trying to narrow things down. Hope that makes sense?