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    Default Phono pre's <$500

    Sans the usual suspects, Cambridge 604p, Nad PP2i, MMF, etc; what phono preamps (MC and MM capable) particularly impress you under $500 (OR suitable for a $1000 level TT)?

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    Jolida JD9

    Granted I haven't had a ton of experience but this is a nice little unit that you can tube roll, do some mods to, and it sounds great.
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    Soundlab M3PX
    BAT VK-31
    Wyred SX1000 monos
    Esoteric DV50
    Dynavector p75 modded phono stage
    Rega P25 modded-Denon 103R Cart
    Squeezebox Touch
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    Jolida with caps and good tubes is nice.
    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....-Phono-Preamp-
    Edit: He beat me to it /\
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    I'd go used $1K $500 PS audio.
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D

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    Another vote for the Jolida JD-9. Put some RCA 12AX7s in there and don't look back.

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    My Carver C-1 with upgraded caps and op-amps blows my mind daily.
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    Eico ST-70 Integrated Tube Amp fully rebuilt and modded
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    Jolida.
    "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben62670 View Post
    Jolida with caps and good tubes is nice.
    http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....-Phono-Preamp-
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    Not meaning to hijack the thread but is the Jolida good the way it comes from the factory or do the mods have to be done first?

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    It's good, but much better modded. Just changing the tubes like Dawgfish said goes a long way.
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    For SS,,the Dynavector P-75 is very flexable,both MM/MC's,, used for about 375 on A'gon
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    Project tube box II. If you can the se.

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    Bob's Devices.

    Check into his work. I think he disrespected me but that's another story.

    He might make you a good pre if you know what TT is going to be with what amp for a while.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies . I am glad to be a part of a select group that tries to take our auditory and visual senses to a higher level: we EXPERIENCE them.... GOT SDA?...GOT SUNFIRE? ...GOT Maggies?

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