I decided to upgrade my turntable a bit. I bought the Ortofon 2M (red) cartridge. This replaces the stock Ortofon 5E. The sound is noticibly better. I was worried that the red cartridge would make static and pops louder, but it doesn’t. Everything sounds better from bass to midrange to treble. Then since I just don’t want to mess around with the turntable any more, I purchased the acrylic platter for it. I don’t notice much of a sound improvement from it, but it looks a lot cooler.