My dad was a serious audiofile guy back in the late 70s/80s and he always swore by his EQ.
But I find more and more people dismiss them these days. I find it has really improved my current setup but that could be due to the poor speakers and amp. I think if I pick stuff up piece by piece over the next year or so, I should be able to assemble a good rig. Started with the towers, next will probably be a phono pre-amp, then a new table.
Really appreciated all the input here.