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    Default Creek audio OBH-8SE vs. NAD PP2

    As this is my first post I would like to begin by thanking everyone here for sharing all their expertise and experience. I've been using your forum as a reference tool over the last few months and nearly any question I could think of was either directly or indirectly addressed and intelligently discussed. Without knowing you have helped me beyond measure in building my first "decent" stereo system on a very tight budget. Unfortunately however, in the process I lost an on-board phono stage in my purchase of a B&K PT-5 and ST 125.2. My Polk Lsi 9's have never sounded better and I'm dying to hear some of my old records reborn on this new setup. I am currently trying to decide on a phono preamp. Can anyone out there sound off on the pro/cons of these two: Creek audio OBH-8SE vs. NAD PP2

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    Get a parasound zphono or a Cambridge 640c instead.
    Here is a great price on a NEW zphono>>http://www.gcaudio.com/cgi-bin/store...duct.cgi?id=72
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    Quote Originally Posted by fbm211 View Post
    Get a parasound zphono or a Cambridge 640c instead.
    Here is a great price on a NEW zphono>>http://www.gcaudio.com/cgi-bin/store...duct.cgi?id=72
    Thanks. That looks like a fantastic deal. But I am being offered the creek or the nad used for $50 and my budget is VERY tight just now. Any opinion on those two?

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    The creek.
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    4 Furutech FP-314Ag with FI-11cu Plugs/FI-11AG IECs--- Power Cords
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    Whoops... sorry. (baleeted)
    I don't read the newsssspaperssss because dey aaaallllllllll...... have ugly print.

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    The Cambridge is a heck of a deal. Welcome Rev! Nice system, looks like you did your homework.

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    That NAD is a very nice phono pre. It is basically the same phone pre housed in my NAD pre-amp. Either way, for $50 you can't go wrong.
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    All searches I do on the Cambridge 640c come up as a CD player not a phono pre. Am I missing something? I am most susceptible to the suggestions you all make but this is confusing.

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    Try Cambridge Audio 640P or 540P
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    Ahh..... Now I see info.

    Thanks shack.

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    Sorry about that c instead of p. That creek for 50 is one hell of a deal.There is a one on ebay now that looks like its going to go for around 100.00
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    Well, the Creek audio OBH-8SE turned out to be a bust. The afore mentioned great deal at $50 was clearly beat to hell and wouldn't power up. The PP2 also looked pretty roughed up. Alas, you still get what you pay for. Soooo....

    Looks like the quest continues.

    I am looking at the Cambridge 640p more and it seems to be right up my ally. However I wonder if the 540p wouldn't maake more sense as I have no immediate intention of moving to an MC cartridge. Are they the same circuit wise +- the MC stage?

    $80 difference for something I won't use? Or is there more to this?

    If only I could listen to both prior to purchase.:(

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    Come to think of it the title of this thread just ceased to apply at all.

    Sorry. Perhaps I will start a new one. "Cheapskate cant bite the bullet"

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    If your are looking for inexpensive...consider this one...

    http://www.needledoctor.com/Needle-D...2&category=401
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    went withe the Cambridge. Sounds good. thanks fbm211 for the suggestion. Now for a new table...

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