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Pro-Ject Tube Box S2 Review

A few months ago I bought my first ever tube phono preamp to use with my turntables. The Pro-Ject Tube Box S2. And I thought it was time to give it an honest review. VERDICT The Pro-Ject Tube Box S2 combines drama and engagement with warmth and smoothness. A versatile and fantastic sounding preamp perfect […]

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  • Tom
  • April 26, 2020

Does a Tube Phono Preamp Sound Better?

A few months ago I bought my first ever tube phono preamp to use with my turntables. In this article, I will share my experience with how it sounds and compare it to my solid-state phono preamp. The preamp I bought is the Pro-Ject Tube Box S2. Prior to my purchase I did a lot […]

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  • Tom
  • April 25, 2020

10 Best Phono Preamps from $10 to $500

A phono preamp, or phono stage if you will, connects between your turntable and amplifier. Its job is to increase the signal output from the turntable’s cartridge to a standard LINE level signal and provide necessary RIAA equalization. You absolutely need a preamp if there isn’t one built into your turntable or amplifier. Or you […]

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  • Tom
  • April 20, 2020

Tube Phono Preamp for AT-LP120

For the longest time, I’ve been wondering if a tube phono preamp could add a touch of warmth and magic to the sound of my AT-LP120. Without having to spend thousands of dollars on a super high-end tube phono preamp. I’ve been close to ordering a tube preamp several times, but never pulled the trigger. […]

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  • Tom
  • March 22, 2020

Best Phono Preamp For AT-LP120

I recently spent a rainy Sunday testing different preamps on my (highly modified) Audio-Technica AT-LP120. I was curious to see how much impact different preamps have on the sound quality of the turntable. I swapped between the preamp that is built into my Denon PMA-1600NE amplifier, the very inexpensive Pyle Phono Preamp and my higher-end […]

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  • Tom
  • February 2, 2020

How to Tell if a Turntable has a Preamp

One of the confusing things about turntables (and record players) is that they come with and without preamps. Turntables with preamps are just as common as turntables without. If a turntable has a preamp built in, it will output the same signal and signal level as other music sources like CD players, DVD players, and […]

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  • Tom
  • February 1, 2020
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