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    Default Phono Pre $500-$1000

    Or a little higher if need be.
    I'm using a Pro-Ject Phono Box S $200
    I would like to hear the differences going up the chain a little.
    What are you TT owners using?
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    My PS Audio GCPH made a huge impact vs my HK reciever phono input. I know that's not saying much, but it sounds great, has two gain controls and is crazy flexible with different settings. Balanced outputs.

    I currently have my TT hooked onto the GCPH, then the GCPH straight into my amp via balanced inputs. Very, very happy.

    You should be able to get one for $500 used.
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    Sources: Pro-ject 2.9 wood Grado Gold cartridge; Oppo BDP-105; Amps: Anthem Integrated 225; PS Audio GCPH Speakers: Polk - LSi15's (sub mod)


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    Musical Surroundings Phonomena. I had a Cambridge Audio Azur 651P originally that I dumped for this one. About $600 new. Haven't seen any used.

    http://www.a.musicalsurroundings.com..._PhonomII.html
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    I would probably look into a tube phono stage like the one below. Talk to Walter, he's a really nice guy and Johnny on the spot getting gear shipped out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey081057 View Post
    Musical Surroundings Phonomena. I had a Cambridge Audio Azur 651P originally that I dumped for this one. About $600 new. Haven't seen any used.

    http://www.a.musicalsurroundings.com..._PhonomII.html
    I really like the Phonomena II. It rescued my vinyl experience from an issue I was having. I couldn't find a phono preamp to match my cartridge with the amp I had at the time. Then I tried the Phonomena II. It's very flexible and I was finally able to perfectly mate my components. Quiet and dynamic. Very satisfying.

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    Thanks guys, I was already looking at the PS Audio but now I'm intrigued with the Musical Surroundings entry and the Jolida..
    Must read more..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhayman View Post
    Thanks guys, I was already looking at the PS Audio but now I'm intrigued with the Musical Surroundings entry and the Jolida..
    Must read more..
    I looked at the Jolida JD9 pretty hard, but ended up getting a solid deal on the PS Audio. Lot's of folks sing the praises of the JD9.
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    ...and for good reason.

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    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.

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    You can probably build a Pass DIY Pearl 2 for around $500. That would outshine others at more than $1000. I have an original Pearl and have been very happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hochpt21 View Post
    I looked at the Jolida JD9 pretty hard, but ended up getting a solid deal on the PS Audio. Lot's of folks sing the praises of the JD9.
    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    ...and for good reason.

    Tom
    I'm going to add one of these at some point as well, especially as I have an all Jolida setup below. Lots of buzz on this one as well as tweaks. And it's "affordable" too; what's not to like?

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    Does anyone know what Larry (Toolfan66) is using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhayman View Post
    Does anyone know what Larry (Toolfan66) is using?
    I shouldn't try to speak for Larry, but at one time he "had" a Jolida JD9 as his phono pre.

    My next phono pre will be a Magi Phonomenal Name:  phonemonal1.jpg
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    Not intending to pimp...but I do have a Jolida JD9 (original version) that is languishing on the bottom shelf of my rig.

    I've just been too lazy to put it in the For Sale section.

    PM me if anyone is interested.

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