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Pro-Ject - Phono Box E - Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Pro-Ject

Advanced circuitry and SMD construction keep noise and distortion at a surprisingly low level. A built-in internal shielding and an outboard DC power supply leave no risk for external interference. Because of its small casing, Phono Box E can be...

$139.00$125.00
Pro-Ject - Phono Box - Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Pro-Ject

Today, many amplifiers do not have a specific phono cartridge input. Phono Box is an ideal phono preamplifier for these Hi Fi system and accepts both MM and MC cartridges. The analogue output of Phono Box can easily be connected...

$199.00$189.00
Rega - Fono MC 2017 (New) - Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Rega

The Fono MC is an exceptionally high quality MC phono stage designed to maximise the potential of any MC cartridge. Although specifically to compliment the latest Rega range of moving coils you will find full adjustability for loading is available...

$549.00
Clearaudio - Nano Phono V2 - Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Clearaudio

The Nano Phono stage isn't ruffled by anything Its meticulously selected SMD components are assembled by hand in Erlangen and tested several times. The reward of these efforts is a signal to noise ratio of up to 84 decibels. The...

$695.00
Clearaudio - Nano Phono V2 w/ Headphone Output - Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Clearaudio

The Nano Phono Stage isn't ruffled by anything Its meticulously selected SMD components are assembled by hand in Erlangen and tested several times. The reward of these efforts is a signal to noise ratio of up to 84 decibels. The...

$745.00
Pro-Ject - Tube Box DS2 - Tube Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Pro-Ject

Premium phono preamplifier with tube output and highend sound! This precision tube phono preamplifier benefits from outstanding circuit technology from Dr. Sykora and uses ultimate components. Compatible with both MM and MC cartridges. It offers connection for two turntables plus...

$1,199.00$1,079.00
Clearaudio - Smart Phono V2 - Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Clearaudio

A minimalist aluminium housing that contains one of the best sounding phonostages in its market. Up to 54 decibels gain at one kilohertz and an extremely linear frequency response deliver unprecedented quality at this price point. For MM and MC...

$1,095.00
Clearaudio - Basic V2 - Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Clearaudio

Already the design, with all its minimalism, points to the significant progress that lies in this phono precursor. Visually inspired by the legendary absolute phono paart also the basic V2 audiophile innovation with the grown analog competence of clearaudio. Their...

$2,195.00
Plinius - Koru - Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Plinius

Both Single Ended and Balanced Output signals are catered for and with passive high frequency and active low frequency equalisation the Koru Phono Preamplifier will maintain stability and finesse no matter what type of music you enjoy. The Koru phono...

$3,295.00
Clearaudio - Balance V2 - Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Clearaudio

As listening maturity increases, so do the demands of analog music lovers. It is precisely this eloquent target group that is dedicated to the innovative pre-amp balance V2. The successor to the balance + offers some interesting settings and control...

$4,995.00
Clearaudio - Absolute Phono - Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Clearaudio

Clearaudio's absolute phono is the world's first active headshell moving coil phonostage. A tiny circuit board installed in the headshell of the tonearm amplifies the highly sensitive output signal from the cartridge at its source. Now the delicate signal only...

$19,995.00
Clearaudio - Statement Phono - Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Turntables

BRAND: Clearaudio

The statement phono is at home at the absolute top – where the air is thin, but the sound quality reaches its maximum density. From the deepest bass to the highest treble, from the additional bass octave of an imperial...

$44,995.00

Phono Preamplifiers

If you have a turntable – especially with a moving coil or moving magnet cartridge – you’ll need a phono preamplifier. The reason is that the output from a cartridge is much lower than that from line level sources like a CD or tape, and requires an extra stage of amplification. Also, the recording process used to create records also adds equalisation which must be removed during playback to restore proper tonal balance. Long story short, if you’ve got a turntable, you need a phono preamp.

Sure, you can buy a turntable with a built-in preamp, and in some cases this will work, but for the best sound or digital copies from your records, you’ll want to have a separate phono preamp. Combo products generally give you the bare minimum of everything they’re composed of, so getting yourself a dedicated preamp will make a world of difference in your sound.

An important job of a phono preamp is RIAA equalisation, which restores the music’s original tonal balance during playback, and differentiates a phono preamp from those used for microphones or musical instruments. All phono preamps do this, although some models do it better than others.

How do you know which phono preamplifier to choose? Budget is usually (and obviously) one of the first considerations. The best preamps produce the most honest sound, and you’ll usually get what you pay for here. Also look at whether you need any of the extra features (like adjusting the loading) that some models offer, and whether you need MM or MC inputs.

We carry excellent phono preamps from Clearaudio, Plinius, Pro-Ject, Rega, and Thorens, and stand behind every piece we sell, knowing that they’ve been proven by critics and audiophiles alike. What Hi Fi calls the Clearaudo Nano “the one to buy”, and absolutely raves about the Plinius Koru, saying that “vinyl has rarely sounded this good.” And Audiophilia highly recommends the Rega Aria, calling it a “superbly built, finely tuned phono stage that has engineering found in much more expensive models”. You can’t go wrong with any choice, but if you need help finding just the right match for you, give us a call and we’ll help you narrow down your choices.

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