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Old 10th March 2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default Wanted: Inexpensive Phono Pre

Hi everyone. I need a phono pre to go with my turntable.

I just transitioned from an mid-90s kenwood receiver to an integrated tube amp (an amazing change in sound). But the integrated does not have a phono stage.

I would like to build my own tube phono preamp, but that's going to take me quite a while (time and money).

In the meantime, I'm looking for an inexpensive phono pre - ideally between 25 and $75. I can buy an Audio Technica for $43, but I figured I would ask here first. That appears to be chump change in the world of phono pres, but it's what I've got.
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Old 10th March 2011, 09:35 PM   #2
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It's cheaper to build one. See application notes from companies like National Semiconductor. One chip and a few passive components and you are good to go. If you have a junk box you could end up spending maybe $5. You can steal power for it from the amplifier, as it will draw very little.

Another approach is to find an old stereo receiver/amplifier with phono input and just use that part of it.
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Old 10th March 2011, 10:05 PM   #3
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How about the Very Simple Phono Stage (VSPS)

I thought it was quite good.

RJM Audio - The Very Simple Phono Stage
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Old 10th March 2011, 10:20 PM   #4
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Well, VSPS is a great idea. But I would like to listen to my records now. You know, this world of instant on-demand gotta have it yesterday.

But seriously, thanks for the suggestions. I do intend to build something nice for myself in the next year when I have the time. The VSPS might be a good option. I suspect it will outperform anything else for the $. That's what I've found building two chip amps, sub, and speakers from here.

If anyone is looking to upgrade their phono pre, let me know.
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Old 12th March 2011, 05:39 PM   #5
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Old 12th March 2011, 06:00 PM   #6
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Here a link for very affordable good phono preamp.

Phonopreamps.com Home Page


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Old 12th March 2011, 07:06 PM   #7
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I have a Jolida JD-9A 12AX7 Phono Pre...its a quite bit more than you max tho... It will be going up for sale soon...
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