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Old 7th April 2014, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default Which MM Phono Amp ?

Hello everyone,

Sorry if this subject had already been treated but I couldn't find an answer to my question.

I want to build a phono amp for MM cells. One of my imperative is the PCB being available with good documentation on the project.

I already piked those :
_ Hagerman - Bugle 2 $139
_ Rod Elliott (ESP) - Phono Preamp Project 06 $???
_ RJM - VSPS 300 Dual-Mono MM Phono Stage with X-Reg $150
_ Boozhiund - JFET Phono/RIAA Preamp + PowerSupply $158

Which one do you think is the best ? Do you have other recommendations (PCBs available with documentation) ?

Thank you very much !
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Old 7th April 2014, 08:02 PM   #2
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I really enjoy my Hagerman Cornet 2.

The only downside for me was when i finally went MC, i had to use step up transformers because it's only for MM.
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Old 7th April 2014, 08:24 PM   #3
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Thank you very much for your answer.
But I would prefer to go with solid state rather than with vacuum tube ...
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Old 12th April 2014, 04:34 AM   #4
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I just got a emotive xps-1 and love it. No noise and can be set up for just about any cart out there.
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Old 13th April 2014, 10:19 AM   #5
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Rod Elliott (ESP) - Phono Preamp Project 06
Boozhound - JFET Phono/RIAA Preamp + PowerSupply
I've built both the above and found that, though there's nothing wrong with Rod Elliott's design, the Boozhound kit did sound rather better.

In fairness, I used a slightly better PSU for it but there seems to be something about feedback-free designs that appeals to my ear. (I also built a feedback-free I/V stage for my DAC.)


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