You also need a really good phono preamp that can easily cost $5K. At one time I had a VPI 19 TT, ET2 air bearing arm, Sumiko Boron high output MC cartridge. For phono, I had a VTL Ultimate tube preamp. I compared it against the best Linn DAC/Transport at the time. The phono was better, to my ears, it had an ease that was absent with the Linn digital.