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Best Turntable with Preamp (Phono Stage)

Based on comprehensive research, I’ve found that the best turntable with a built-in preamp is the Rega Planar 1 Plus. It combines the award-winning Rega Planar 1 turntable with the award-winning Rega Fono Mini A2D phono preamp into an elegantly designed package that gives very high value for money. My runner-up is the U-Turn Orbit […]

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  • Tom
  • October 13, 2019

Best Phono Preamp for Rega Planar Turntables

Choosing a good phono preamp is key to make your Rega Planar turntable sound as great as it can. The phono preamp needs to be of good quality. It needs to be a good match for your phono cartridge. And it needs to have a sound character that you like. But it doesn’t need to […]

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  • Tom
  • September 22, 2019

Best Phono Preamps for Ortofon 2M Red/Blue/Bronze/Black

Lately, I have geeked out about finding the best phono preamp for the 2M Red, Blue, Bronze and Black cartridges from Ortofon. The idea was to find high quality and highly regarded phono preamps that are not only industry leaders by themselves, but also great matches for the characteristics of the Ortofon 2M cartridge range. […]

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  • Tom
  • July 2, 2019

MM vs MC Phono Preamps Explained

If you are browsing for a new phono preamp (or phono stage) to use with your turntable, then you have likely seen that there are three different kinds of phono preamps. MM, MC and MM/MC. Some phono preamps are MM compatible only Other phono preamps are MC compatible only Some phono preamps can switch between […]

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  • Tom
  • June 29, 2019

Pros and Cons of a Tube Phono Preamp

I recently upgraded the phono preamp I use with my Rega Planar 2 Turntable on my home stereo. And in the process of researching and finding the best preamp for my setup that wouldn’t break the bank, I looked quite a bit into affordable vacuum tube phono preamps. Personally, I have a preference for the […]

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  • Tom
  • May 5, 2019

Is a Phono Stage the Same as a Preamp?

The most confusing part of a turntable stereo setup continues to be the preamp. It often causes a lot of confusion for people that are new to vinyl records and turntables. What is this thing? What does it do? Do I need it to play records on my turntable? And is there a difference between […]

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  • Tom
  • January 27, 2019