Phono Preamplifiers

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Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 07, 2023  |  0 comments
A phono stage promising class-leading measurements and impressive flexibility
Hi-Fi Choice  |  May 17, 2023  |  0 comments
It’s unlikely you’ll find a larger or more sturdily built phono stage under £1,000, but does big always mean better?
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jul 21, 2022  |  0 comments
Introducing a phono preamp that’s high on quality and low on price
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 11, 2021  |  0 comments
It’s been a while since the digital maestro released a phono stage, but it’s certainly well worth the wait
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Apr 03, 2020  |  0 comments
Joining Lindemann’s compact series, the Bridge is a network player with some useful extra capabilities
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 20, 2020  |  0 comments
As a cut-down version of Parasound’s flagship phono preamp, the Halo JC3 Jr. is a flexible option
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Dec 16, 2019  |  0 comments
Can this bold phono stage challenge Cyrus’ Phono Signature for the best sound at the price?
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 18, 2019  |  0 comments
The more affordable of Pro-Ject’s range of MM/MC phono stages is taken for a spin
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Aug 22, 2019  |  0 comments
Looking to fit an MC cart to an MM phono stage? This step-up amp could hold the answer
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jun 26, 2019  |  0 comments
The long-running Triton phono stage gets a welcome update
Hi-Fi Choice  |  May 14, 2019  |  0 comments
Introducing the latest addition to Rega's Reference Series
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Dec 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Although not known for my soldering iron skills, I’ve dabbled in DIY – especially in my earlier years of hi-fi addiction. Before I became a scribe, I managed to destroy a number of perfectly good components by ‘modifying’ them. I now know that whatever my talents may be, they don’t extent to re-engineering consumer electronic devices. Yet it was a fascinating learning curve, even if my greatest lesson was to stop messing around.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 23, 2018  |  0 comments
Bavaria-based Lindemann is perhaps best known as a purveyor of audio products aimed at the high-end hi-fi sector, but to mark its 25 years in business the company has launched a series of more affordable components. The Limetree range uses the same 120 x 120mm form factor and the moving-magnet and moving-coil phono stage is the first to be released in the UK through distributor Elite Audio. We’re told that a USB DAC, headphone amplifier and streamer components will follow in due course.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 11, 2018  |  0 comments
Committed to vinyl replay long before the current popularity of the medium, Creek Audio’s OBH range of phono stages has been around for 25 years. The OBH-8mk2 is the latest iteration of the design and is the entry-level model in the range, sitting just below the long-running £300 OBH-15mk2 (HFC 407). The OBH-8mk2 is a straightforward moving-magnet phono stage with fixed loading and no user adjustments. The new design uses an integrated circuit for the gain stage powered by a 24V supply, which is something that has been present on OBH designs since their inception.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Feb 05, 2015  |  0 comments
Getting a valve phono stage to work well is no easy task when you bear in mind that on the quieter parts of a record, the output from a moving coil cartridge may only be about a millionth of a volt. This needs to be amplified up to a standard line-level output of around 1. 2Vrms, so for a start the whole circuit and power supply needs to be as quiet as a mouse. Then the stage itself also has to be first rate and stable under all operating conditions.