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Phono Pre-Amp suggestion

Postby HerMelin84 » 07 Mar 2017 20:15

Hi

I'm looking for a suitable pre amp for my setup. At the time I'm only listening through my Sennheiser HD700 hooked up to a Pro-Ject Head Box DS. The turntable is a simple Pioneer Pl-990.

Any suggestions for a suitable pre-amp stage are welcome.
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Re: Phono Pre-Amp suggestion

Postby EdAInWestOC » 07 Mar 2017 20:27

How much are you thinking of spending and what cartridge do you have on the turntable?

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Re: Phono Pre-Amp suggestion

Postby HerMelin84 » 07 Mar 2017 20:33

The cartridge is a MM. I'm thinking of spending up to about 250$.
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Re: Phono Pre-Amp suggestion

Postby EdAInWestOC » 07 Mar 2017 20:50

I'm no expert on phono preamps in that price category but a friend of mine recently went through a lot of phono preamps. In that price category there is a US made preamp:

http://schiit.com/products/mani

It is a very good preamp for the money. Its about half the amount your are considering spending and it performs much better than one would expect for the money. On top of that it also supports MC cartridges.

Good luck whatever you end up buying,
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Re: Phono Pre-Amp suggestion

Postby analogaudio » 07 Mar 2017 21:00

This thread may be relevant

viewtopic.php?f=19&t=94183
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Re: Phono Pre-Amp suggestion

Postby tuttifruti » 04 Apr 2017 22:25

HerMelin84 wrote:Hi

I'm looking for a suitable pre amp for my setup. At the time I'm only listening through my Sennheiser HD700 hooked up to a Pro-Ject Head Box DS. The turntable is a simple Pioneer Pl-990.

Any suggestions for a suitable pre-amp stage are welcome.


You can't go wrong with this one: https://emotiva.com/products/pres-and-pros/xps-1
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Re: Phono Pre-Amp suggestion

Postby Dual_Jean » 04 Apr 2017 22:35

Got this one and no regrets.

http://www.rega.co.uk/fono-mini-a2d.html
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Re: Phono Pre-Amp suggestion

Postby Gaslight » 05 Apr 2017 08:28

After a ton of research I bought the already mentioned Schiit Mani, it really is a bit of a giant killer.

There's also the Emotiva XPS-1 which apparently doesn't sound as good, but has a lot of options, which is nice if you're running different carts.

If you're looking to spend a bit more, the Lounge Audio LCR MK3 seems to be the best pre-amp in the sub-1000 euro range.
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Re: Phono Pre-Amp suggestion

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Re: Phono Pre-Amp suggestion

Postby Sunwire » 20 May 2017 04:46

Muffsy PP-3 Kit $69-$150 depending on options

This looks very interesting
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Re: Phono Pre-Amp suggestion

Postby noisefreq » 20 May 2017 15:36

I don't know if they are plentiful in your region but, I would add the Bellari VP130 tube pre.
I just love mine. And with a fresh Mullard tube...nice.
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