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    Default Phono Preamp Recs Please

    Need recommendations on best phono pre, new or used, for $500 or less. Also welcome are comments on whether that cost range is appropriate given my entryish level den system. I'm currently going from the Pro-Ject Box into the Dared pre, thru the Adcom. Cartridges on hand are the Goldring that came standard with the mmf5 (not sure of #), Shure M97xe, and a MC Denon DL-110. Advice there is welcome too.

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    My choice of those carts would be the Denon. I use a Sim Audio Moon LPS 3.5 phono pre with my MMF5 table, it has an Ortofon cart on it (can't remember which one). Very nice sounding phono pre that you should be able to get a used one in your price range. I can also recommend any of the Pro-ject Tube boxes, I currently use the Tube Box II SE. The Pro-ject speed controller works with your TT, and it does make a slight difference. None of the Pro-ject phono pre's are slouches, so my question would be what do you not like about the Pro-ject phono pre you have?
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    Dynavector P-75 It plays very well with the MC denon
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)

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    Thanks for the good info guys. Sorry it took so long to check back in.

    The Box II sounds good, dkg, but I'm guessing the system as a whole could be better. I'll start with installing the Denon cartridge, then maybe try a Sim Audio, Tube Box, or Dynavector and test combinations. I bought and like the Bellari 530 tube usb adc/pre for ripping vinyl in the office, but I find I'm enjoying playing vinyl in the den more and more.

    Thanks again guys. Other suggestions are still welcome.

    Craig

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    My vote would be for a Jolida JD-9 phono pre. The Goldring cartridge that came with the MMF-5 I believe is the 1012. It's a good cartridge, better IMHO than the other two carts you mentioned ( I have owned both of them). Is there something you are not liking about the cartridge? If so describe the type of sound you are looking for and we can give you a better recommendation for a cartridge.

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