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    Default External phono pre amp recommendations?

    So, I'm considering an external phono pre amp for use on my avr - one with variable gain so I can match input levels between my other avr sources (BD, CD, STB).

    Any recommendations or experiences other members would like to share?

    I'm thinking of this unit here:
    http://www.phonopreamps.com/TC-760LCpp.html

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    I have a Dynavector P-75 that sounds really nice.



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    I forgot to add that - and I should have known better! :p

    $100-$200 is about what I can afford for now.

    Looks like that fine dynavector is a bit out of my reach! :o

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    Bellari VP129
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    Default Phono pre amp

    What kind of cartridge are you using? If you can solder, you can buy a Bugle kit from Hagerman technology and can customize the gain when you build it. Best low priced phono amp for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerboy View Post
    What kind of cartridge are you using? If you can solder, you can buy a Bugle kit from Hagerman technology and can customize the gain when you build it. Best low priced phono amp for the money.
    My recommendation as well. You'll have enough money left to buy some new vinyl.
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    The mentioned belari the parasound and the NAD are good entry phono pre's.

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    The Cambridge Audio 540P. I have this one and it is a very nice inexpensive phone pre.

    http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=CA540P

    The Cambridge Audio next step up would be the 640P....

    http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=CA640P
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    Hagerman Cornet or Bugle; Bottlehead Seduction. Gotta melt some solder though.

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    one with variable gain so I can match input levels between my other avr sources (BD, CD, STB).
    Don't believe anyone commented directly on your request for a phono pre with variable gain. Variable is different from adjustable gain, and raises the ante. I built the Hagerman RIPPER, which does have a variable gain adjustment knob. That is excellent. Apart from this, to achieve true variable gain, you likely need a lot more cash outlay. Just build a Bugle as mentioned and solder in the resistors needed to achieve the pre-set gain you are looking for. Cheap and outstanding!! I have Hagerman's Cornet2, Ripper and Bugle. Trust the recommendations for Hagerman products. You can't go wrong.

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