Advice with phono

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Advice with phono

Post by Casanova » 15 Apr 2019 15:35

Hello everyone.

Hoping for some advice from some more experienced vinyl connoisseurs than myself.

I’ve got a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon and a set of Klipsch RP-160M speakers so now all I need is a phono.

I’ve been looking over the last couple days but there seems to be so much choice on my budget range it’s hard to pick.

Outlaw Audio RR 2160 -
Yamaha R-S202 -
Rega Fono MM MK3 -
Cambridge Duo MC/MM -
Arcam rPhono -
Onkyo A-9010 -
Marantz PM6006 UK Edition -
NAD D3020 V2 -

All the above have good reviews so to pick one is hard or maybe there is an even better choice out there?

Also if I go for just a phono amp will I still need to purchase a kind of stereo receiver as well?

My budget is £200-£500 although if there is something that is a little above budget but a lot better end product please still mention it.

I don’t mind buying 2nd hand either if it means a better end product.

Headphone jack as well would be much preferred.


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Re: Advice with phono

Post by jdjohn » 15 Apr 2019 16:51

Hi Martin,

Your list is a mixed bag of receivers, phono preamps, and integrated amps. You need either a receiver/integrated amp with a PHONO input, or separate phono preamp and receiver/amp if no phono input is present.

I have an Outlaw RR-2150, and can highly recommend it or the 2160 as you have listed. These have a PHONO input along with some other very nice features, and they have plenty of power to drive just about any speaker you throw at them.

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Re: Advice with phono

Post by josephazannieri » 15 Apr 2019 20:37

Yo Casanova:

jdjohn is absolutely right. The Klipsch RP 160M is just a speaker. This means that to get music out of it, you will need an amplifier or a receiver with a phono stage. Just look at the input list on whatever you're considering and be sure that it has an input labeled "phono." Myself, based on conversations with friends, I would recommend the NAD 3020. I would avoid anything labeled Yamaha. I have been connected with 5 Yamaha receivers in my lifetime, and 4 of them have been unreliable. You might also consider a Technics receiver as a budget item. I have one that I inherited from a deceased friend, and it tunes reliably and plays my Lenco L75 with pretty good sound through a small set of slightly modified Dayton Audio BR-1s. (6 1/2 inch woofer).

And good luck from that speaker-cobbling old cheapskate,

Joe Z.

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Re: Advice with phono

Post by JDJX » 15 Apr 2019 22:09

keep in mind that a "phone pre amp" and a pre amp for a power amp are two totally different things.

They get connected like this.

phono pre amp > integrated amp > speakers

An integrated contains a pre amp and power amplifier.

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Re: Advice with phono

Post by Pikey » 16 Apr 2019 10:03

The Marantz looks like a winner ... won a few awards and easy to get hold of for £299!

If you have a Richer Sounds nearby you can have a listen too which is always a good thing!

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