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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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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. […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more