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    Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    What are some of your favorite phonostages below $15k?



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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    fm acoustics!
    had a full phono-pre-amp combo 3 years ago, shouldnt have sold it i guess.
    it was theyr smallest units, thats why the phonostage fits the budget for once

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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?



    I am still loving my K&K Audio Maxxed Phono Amp - it was a $3K kit. Much better than the Cambridge Audio unit I started with.

    Not saying I might not upgrade one day...
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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    I would much more prefer to hear peoples favorites from below $3k.
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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Modwright PH 150. For a tube phono, not very tubey. More dynamic, better extension, more resolving, and a touch more tonal weight than previous solid state phonos, mostly British, e.g. Linn, Exposure and Whest. Also more expensive.

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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Quote Originally Posted by gordon View Post
    Modwright PH 150. For a tube phono, not very tubey. More dynamic, better extension, more resolving, and a touch more tonal weight than previous solid state phonos, mostly British, e.g. Linn, Exposure and Whest. Also more expensive.
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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    I would much more prefer to hear peoples favorites from below $3k.
    Maybe a good idea for a new thread?


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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Quote Originally Posted by gordon View Post
    Modwright PH 150. For a tube phono, not very tubey. More dynamic, better extension, more resolving, and a touch more tonal weight than previous solid state phonos, mostly British, e.g. Linn, Exposure and Whest. Also more expensive.
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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Maybe a good idea for a new thread?
    Agreed
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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Anyone try the Pass XP27 yet?
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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Merrill Audio Jens
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    Not sure if it fits in this list

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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    thöress parametric phono equalizer -- have always been quite intrigued by this phono amp
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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Manely Chinook with Philips PCC88/7DJ8 tubes.
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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    I had Esoteric E-03, now I have the Accuphase C47.

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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    The new(ish) Lampi’ s (if you’re into the tube thing). I have the MC2 Silver edition (~$15k) and it is awesome. It’s like a Pacific, but for vinyl. That’s the most expensive one - the others are all below 15k if I recall.


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    I found a used Ypsilon VPS for that range, best I've ever heard. Pretty much bulletproof, all transformers, 4 super long life tubes and a cheap and long lasting easy to swap rectifier tube. It should last forever. Lamm Lp2 is even cheaper and with a great SUT came within range of the Ypsilon, just less of the WOW factor and goosebumps, chills, emotions. Under 3k Chinnook with Amperex 7308s, stellar sound.

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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    I have the Pass XP-27. Very versatile, lots of flexibility, ultra quiet and sounds terrific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffK View Post
    I found a used Ypsilon VPS for that range, best I've ever heard. Pretty much bulletproof, all transformers, 4 super long life tubes and a cheap and long lasting easy to swap rectifier tube. It should last forever. Lamm Lp2 is even cheaper and with a great SUT came within range of the Ypsilon, just less of the WOW factor and goosebumps, chills, emotions. Under 3k Chinnook with Amperex 7308s, stellar sound.
    Nice on the Ypsilon. I almost pulled the trigger on one a couple years back, but the Benz LPS I was running at the time had internal impedance, iirc, at 40 ohms. Getting a good SUT for that load was not going to be easy, so I backed off.

    Later, after finding an Etsuro Gold cartridge, I sold my Einstein “the turntable’s choice” (excellent and would fit this thread at ~$10k) and chose a CS Port c3eqM2, which uses the same small C3g tube as the Ypsilon. There’s something special about the linearity of that little tube, and the CS Port phono (designed for low impedance MC cartridges, but with a pair of MM inputs) matches superbly with the Etsuro. The improvement of the cart and phono put my analog rig a large step ahead of my digital side. I’m hoping adding a Taiko Extreme boosts the performance of my dCS Rossini so I get back to some small degree of parity.
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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    I have Accuphase C47 and Esoteric E-03.
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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Tom Evans Audio Design - The Groove + SRX mk 2.
    SRX stands for separate power supply.
    Very quiet and with good dynamics, a perfect match with my SET amp.

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    Boulder 1108

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    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Dynamic Sounds Associates Phono 2
    amp - Gryphon Diablo 300
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    phono pre - DSA Phono 2
    turntables/tonearms - Origin Live Sovereign Mk3, OL Enterprise Mk4, OL Illustrious Mk3c
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