Welcome to the AudioShark Forums.
Results 1 to 28 of 28
  1. #1
    Audioshark
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Sarasota, FL
    Posts
    29,337

    Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

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



    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Aqua Hi-Fi, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Block Audio (distributor), Boulder Amplifiers, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Clarisys Audio Loudspeakers (distributor), Classe’ Audio, Degritter Record Cleaning Machines, Enleum (Bakoon), Esoteric, Finite Elemente, FirstWatt, Focal Loudspeakers and Headphones, Franco Serblin Loudspeakers, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, HiFi Man, HiFi Rose, Innuos, ISO Acoustics, Keces Power Supplies, Kharma Loudspeakers and Electronics, Koetsu Cartridges, Kuzma Turntables, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MSB Technologies, MySonicLabs Phono Cartridges, Naim Audio, Nordost Cables, Ortofon, Pass Labs, Quadraspire, Rega Turntables and Electronics, Shunyata Research, SimAudio, STAX, Stein Music Products, Stillpoints, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, VPI Industries, WireWorld Cables.

    https://suncoastaudio.com/
    Phone: 941-932-0282
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suncoast-Au...1105178279194/

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    lachen / sz
    Posts
    1,031

    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
    innuos net, ideon absolute suite, nagra hd pre, audionet heisenberg, wilson sabrina x.
    nordost odin, shunyata everest, omega and delta 2, ansuz racks, wilson pedestal full loom

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    Mobile, AL
    Posts
    214

    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...
    Amp : Atma-Sphere "Class D" monoblocks
    Digital : Bricasti M12, Oppo 203
    Analog : Technics SL1200G, Boulder 508
    Speakers : Daedalus Audio Muse Studio
    Headphone : BHSE + Voce

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Goddard, KS
    Posts
    5,812

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    I would much more prefer to hear peoples favorites from below $3k.
    McIntosh C49, MR85, MC7100W, R778 | T+A DAC 8 DSD | KEF LS50 Meta w/S2, KC62 (x2) | Rega RP8, Ania Pro, NEO PSU | Technics SL-1500C | Audio Technica VM740ML | Hexmat Eclipse, Yellow Bird, Molekula, Molekula Mini | Pro-Ject VC-E | Falcon NW PC Server (Roon Core & HQPlayer) | Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Roon Controller) | Abyss Diana Phi | Astell&Kern SE200 | Oppo BDP105

    “One of the great challenges in life is knowing enough to think you're right but not enough to know you're wrong”
    "You can't use reason to convince anyone out of an argument that they didn't use reason to get into"
    ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2020
    Location
    Hailey, ID
    Posts
    27

    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.

  6. #6
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    18,721

    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.
    Welcome!
    Fleetwood Deville by Oswald Mills Audio, Vienna Acoustics Haydn Jubilee, Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Job INTegrated. Luxman L-595aSE

    NAD C 658 streamer.

    First Watt SIT-3, Job 250 Monos, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    Topping D90, RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

  7. #7
    Audioshark
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Sarasota, FL
    Posts
    29,337

    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?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Aqua Hi-Fi, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Block Audio (distributor), Boulder Amplifiers, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Clarisys Audio Loudspeakers (distributor), Classe’ Audio, Degritter Record Cleaning Machines, Enleum (Bakoon), Esoteric, Finite Elemente, FirstWatt, Focal Loudspeakers and Headphones, Franco Serblin Loudspeakers, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, HiFi Man, HiFi Rose, Innuos, ISO Acoustics, Keces Power Supplies, Kharma Loudspeakers and Electronics, Koetsu Cartridges, Kuzma Turntables, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MSB Technologies, MySonicLabs Phono Cartridges, Naim Audio, Nordost Cables, Ortofon, Pass Labs, Quadraspire, Rega Turntables and Electronics, Shunyata Research, SimAudio, STAX, Stein Music Products, Stillpoints, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, VPI Industries, WireWorld Cables.

    https://suncoastaudio.com/
    Phone: 941-932-0282
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suncoast-Au...1105178279194/

  8. #8
    Audioshark
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Sarasota, FL
    Posts
    29,337

    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.
    Welcome!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Aqua Hi-Fi, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Block Audio (distributor), Boulder Amplifiers, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Clarisys Audio Loudspeakers (distributor), Classe’ Audio, Degritter Record Cleaning Machines, Enleum (Bakoon), Esoteric, Finite Elemente, FirstWatt, Focal Loudspeakers and Headphones, Franco Serblin Loudspeakers, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, HiFi Man, HiFi Rose, Innuos, ISO Acoustics, Keces Power Supplies, Kharma Loudspeakers and Electronics, Koetsu Cartridges, Kuzma Turntables, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MSB Technologies, MySonicLabs Phono Cartridges, Naim Audio, Nordost Cables, Ortofon, Pass Labs, Quadraspire, Rega Turntables and Electronics, Shunyata Research, SimAudio, STAX, Stein Music Products, Stillpoints, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, VPI Industries, WireWorld Cables.

    https://suncoastaudio.com/
    Phone: 941-932-0282
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suncoast-Au...1105178279194/

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Goddard, KS
    Posts
    5,812

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Maybe a good idea for a new thread?
    Agreed
    McIntosh C49, MR85, MC7100W, R778 | T+A DAC 8 DSD | KEF LS50 Meta w/S2, KC62 (x2) | Rega RP8, Ania Pro, NEO PSU | Technics SL-1500C | Audio Technica VM740ML | Hexmat Eclipse, Yellow Bird, Molekula, Molekula Mini | Pro-Ject VC-E | Falcon NW PC Server (Roon Core & HQPlayer) | Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Roon Controller) | Abyss Diana Phi | Astell&Kern SE200 | Oppo BDP105

    “One of the great challenges in life is knowing enough to think you're right but not enough to know you're wrong”
    "You can't use reason to convince anyone out of an argument that they didn't use reason to get into"
    ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

  10. #10
    Audioshark
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Sarasota, FL
    Posts
    29,337

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Anyone try the Pass XP27 yet?
    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Aqua Hi-Fi, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Block Audio (distributor), Boulder Amplifiers, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Clarisys Audio Loudspeakers (distributor), Classe’ Audio, Degritter Record Cleaning Machines, Enleum (Bakoon), Esoteric, Finite Elemente, FirstWatt, Focal Loudspeakers and Headphones, Franco Serblin Loudspeakers, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, HiFi Man, HiFi Rose, Innuos, ISO Acoustics, Keces Power Supplies, Kharma Loudspeakers and Electronics, Koetsu Cartridges, Kuzma Turntables, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MSB Technologies, MySonicLabs Phono Cartridges, Naim Audio, Nordost Cables, Ortofon, Pass Labs, Quadraspire, Rega Turntables and Electronics, Shunyata Research, SimAudio, STAX, Stein Music Products, Stillpoints, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, VPI Industries, WireWorld Cables.

    https://suncoastaudio.com/
    Phone: 941-932-0282
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suncoast-Au...1105178279194/

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    Leyden
    Posts
    583

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Merrill Audio Jens
    VAN DEN HUL THE GRAIL SE MM/MC PHONOSTAGE

    Not sure if it fits in this list

    Octave phono module
    Pre amp: Ocatve Phono Module Power amps: Octave MRE130 Turntable: SAC Girati Grande. Tonearm: Dynavector 507mkII Cartridge: Dynavector Ikeda 9TT Streamer: Aurender A10 Power Distributor: Anzus Mains D8 Speakers: Raidho X-3 Speaker Cables: AudioQuest Rocket 88 XLR Interlink: Ansuz A2, XLR Interlink: Purist Audio Design - Venustas Phono interlink: Cammino Serie 1.0 - PH 1.0s Power cables: Anzus Mains Ceramic, two Pom, Aluminium, X series Audio Rack: Rack of Silence 4 and 2.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    saṃsāra
    Posts
    1,045

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    thöress parametric phono equalizer -- have always been quite intrigued by this phono amp
    viking acoustics berlin r mk2 | air tight atc-5 + atm-300r | clearaudio concept + virtuoso v2 MM | t+a dac8 dsd + kanjiroba diy transport + roon rock
    alp-tone audio analog cables | core audio designs plyKraft 3L | hifi racks ltd podium t5-iii

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Palm Coast, FL 'The Hammock'
    Posts
    4,951

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Manely Chinook with Philips PCC88/7DJ8 tubes.
    2chl : Pass Xa-30.5, W4S STP, Kef 201/2, KEF 140, Vapor Breeze, Lumin, VPI Classic, Manley Chinook, Bryston CD, BHA-1, HD650, HD800s, HD820's, Dan Clark 1.1, Focal Stellia, OPPO 203, 105.

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    FRANCE
    Posts
    350

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

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

    Envoyé de mon Note 9P en utilisant Tapatalk
    Marantz SA7S1/GRIMM AUDIO CC1/MARK LEVINSON 360S+TECHNICS SL1210 MKII/ORTOFON X1-MC/VPI CLASSIC 3 in rosewood/Audio-Technica ART-9/ESOTERIC E03+TAG MC LAREN T32R+JEFF ROWLAND CORUS+JEFF ROWLAND MODEL 625+Magnepan 3.7i+Cables line: all Furutech lineflux+power cord DIY

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    349

    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.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
    Amplification: DartZeel 468 (2) // DartZeel NHB18NS Mk. II
    Tuner: MagnumDynalab 108T/SE
    Table/Cart: J.Sikora Standard Max // Integrity HiFi Tru-Glider - DSAudio GrandMaster // Integrity HiFI Tru-Glider - Ortofon A Mono
    Equalizer/Phono Pre: EMM Labs DS-EQ1
    Speakers: TAD R-1 MkII, REL 212SE (2)
    Power: Nordost QBase8 Mk2 (2), QX4, Qkore1, 3 and 6, QK1 (2), QV2 (2), AddPOWR EAU2 (2)
    DAC/Serv-stream: LampiZator Horizon/ Taiko Extreme
    Elrod Master Statement Diamond SE Speaker Cables
    Elrod Master Statement Diamond PCs (6), Evolution Acoustics 50 ohm (Zeel Connection), CH Acoustic X20 IC (3), Final Touch Audio Elara PCs
    AudioDesk Systeme RCM
    Stillpoints and SortKones and EVPs where they work
    Thixar > Silence Focus Amp Stands, Symposium Super Plus Platforms under subs, on top of EVPs

  16. #16

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    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.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    3,603

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    I have the Pass XP-27. Very versatile, lots of flexibility, ultra quiet and sounds terrific.
    _______________

    Mike

    Amplification: MBL 6010D, MBL 9008A Monos
    Analog: Kuzma R, Kuzma 4Point (11”), MSL Ultra Eminent EX
    Phono Pre: Pass XP-27
    Digital: Esoteric N01XD Esoteric K05
    Speakers: MBL 101E MKII
    Subwoofers: REL Carbon Specials
    Conditioner: Shunyata Triton 3
    Power Cables: Shunyata Sigma 1 & 2, Alpha 2, Delta and Venom
    ICs and SCs: Wireworld Platinum 8
    Rack: Artesania Exoteryc

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    1,068

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    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.

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    FRANCE
    Posts
    350

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    I have Accuphase C47 and Esoteric E-03.
    Marantz SA7S1/GRIMM AUDIO CC1/MARK LEVINSON 360S+TECHNICS SL1210 MKII/ORTOFON X1-MC/VPI CLASSIC 3 in rosewood/Audio-Technica ART-9/ESOTERIC E03+TAG MC LAREN T32R+JEFF ROWLAND CORUS+JEFF ROWLAND MODEL 625+Magnepan 3.7i+Cables line: all Furutech lineflux+power cord DIY

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Poland
    Posts
    212

    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.

    Groove+ SRX mkII | Tom Evans Audio Design
    Aurender W20->Lampizator Pacific SE/Audio Aero La Fontaine->Ayon Crossfire III or Circle Labs A100-> Avantgarde Acoustic Trio LE 26, 2x REL Carbon Special Subwoofers
    Analog : Fat Bob S with SME 5, Shelter Harmony, Tom Evans Groove+ SRX mk2, Muarah PSC with InteliClamp
    cabling: Acrolink, Vovox, Siltech, Transparent, Audio Phase and FTA Callisto usb, Fadel Art , Argentum , REL Bassline Blue, Jcat Ref RJ45


    HT : Sony HW 50 ES, Oppo 93 EU, Darbee DVP-5000 ,Yamaha Aventage RX-A 3010 , B&W 9.1, screen 120 inches matt white

  21. #21
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2021
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    29

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Boulder 1108

  22. #22
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Fleming Island, FL
    Posts
    74

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Dynamic Sounds Associates Phono 2
    Gryphon Diablo 300 w/DAC, Rockport Mira II, Wolf Audio Alpha 3SX, DSA Phono 2, Origin Live Sovereign MK3, Enterprise MK4, Conqueror MK4, SoundSmith Hyperion, Miyajima Zero

  23. #23
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2021
    Location
    Delaware
    Posts
    17

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Audio Research Ref Phono 3SE?

  24. #24
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    97

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Another suggestion for your consideration would be the Wavestream Kinetics Deluxe Reference Level 5.1.
    It is an all tube design currently using (2 x 12AX7, 4 x 6DJ8); with extremely low noise ( I believe with the external power supply, noise is below 1uV (one-millionth of a volt ) competing with the best of the solid state phonos; providing 3 front panel selectable inputs providing 62 dB of gain (without the use of SUT’s or FETS) with a useful cartridge range of 0.2mV to 1.2mV. Having both Balanced and RCA inputs and outputs; adjustable loading available on the back panel via custom loading plugs; and an essentially flat RIAA EQ curve within one tenth of a dB (.1dB) from 3 Hz to 40 Khz.
    Naturally, with any tubed phono high gain phono stage you will want to use selected low noise tubes, but I can say when using my NOS Mullards in this phono stage, it is dead quiet with my ears up against the speakers with my Dunlavy Signature SCIV's 91 dB sensitivity. I love not having to use a step up transformer with this phono stage; not having to worry about the SUT coloring the audio signal, worrying about possible hum issues, and having to use extra interconnects and connections, etc.

    The Wavestream Kinetics gives me the pure, high gain, low noise sound that I love. It is incredibly dynamic in both the micro and macro sense, has the "meat on the bones" which you crave, brings the human voice to life, showcases the resonance of the body of cellos and acoustic bass, has the finesse for brushes on cymbals, etc. It truly is an incredible phono stage built by Scott Frankland who offers incredible customer service and support, which is the icing on the cake.

    Best wishes,
    Don
    Linn LP12, Mober DC Power Supply, Naim ARO Tonearm, Benz Ruby Zebra Wood ZH MC Cartridge, Wavestream Kinetics Deluxe Phono Amp, Hirata Tango SUT, Artemis Labs PH-1 Tubed Phono, Forte FP-1 Solid State Phono, McIntosh MR67 Tubed Tuner, First Sound Presence Audio Signature Tubed Line Stage, Bel Canto SET40 - 845 Single Ended Triode Tube Amplifier, Dunlavy SCIV Signature Loudspeakers, Acoustic Zen Cables, VPI 16.5 Record Cleaner and a life time supply of NOS tubes

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    349

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    The lampi MC2 I have for sale …


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    Amplification: DartZeel 468 (2) // DartZeel NHB18NS Mk. II
    Tuner: MagnumDynalab 108T/SE
    Table/Cart: J.Sikora Standard Max // Integrity HiFi Tru-Glider - DSAudio GrandMaster // Integrity HiFI Tru-Glider - Ortofon A Mono
    Equalizer/Phono Pre: EMM Labs DS-EQ1
    Speakers: TAD R-1 MkII, REL 212SE (2)
    Power: Nordost QBase8 Mk2 (2), QX4, Qkore1, 3 and 6, QK1 (2), QV2 (2), AddPOWR EAU2 (2)
    DAC/Serv-stream: LampiZator Horizon/ Taiko Extreme
    Elrod Master Statement Diamond SE Speaker Cables
    Elrod Master Statement Diamond PCs (6), Evolution Acoustics 50 ohm (Zeel Connection), CH Acoustic X20 IC (3), Final Touch Audio Elara PCs
    AudioDesk Systeme RCM
    Stillpoints and SortKones and EVPs where they work
    Thixar > Silence Focus Amp Stands, Symposium Super Plus Platforms under subs, on top of EVPs

  26. #26
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    East Bay, CA
    Posts
    1,739

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Quote Originally Posted by No Regrets View Post
    Another suggestion for your consideration would be the Wavestream Kinetics Deluxe Reference Level 5.1.
    It is an all tube design currently using (2 x 12AX7, 4 x 6DJ8); with extremely low noise ( I believe with the external power supply, noise is below 1uV (one-millionth of a volt ) competing with the best of the solid state phonos; providing 3 front panel selectable inputs providing 62 dB of gain (without the use of SUT’s or FETS) with a useful cartridge range of 0.2mV to 1.2mV. Having both Balanced and RCA inputs and outputs; adjustable loading available on the back panel via custom loading plugs; and an essentially flat RIAA EQ curve within one tenth of a dB (.1dB) from 3 Hz to 40 Khz.
    Naturally, with any tubed phono high gain phono stage you will want to use selected low noise tubes, but I can say when using my NOS Mullards in this phono stage, it is dead quiet with my ears up against the speakers with my Dunlavy Signature SCIV's 91 dB sensitivity. I love not having to use a step up transformer with this phono stage; not having to worry about the SUT coloring the audio signal, worrying about possible hum issues, and having to use extra interconnects and connections, etc.

    The Wavestream Kinetics gives me the pure, high gain, low noise sound that I love. It is incredibly dynamic in both the micro and macro sense, has the "meat on the bones" which you crave, brings the human voice to life, showcases the resonance of the body of cellos and acoustic bass, has the finesse for brushes on cymbals, etc. It truly is an incredible phono stage built by Scott Frankland who offers incredible customer service and support, which is the icing on the cake.

    Best wishes,
    Don
    Scott Frankland designs some wonderful amplifiers. Never heard anything he's designed that didn't sound superb. 👍

  27. #27
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    97

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    Scott Frankland designs some wonderful amplifiers. Never heard anything he's designed that didn't sound superb. 👍
    I couldn't agree more, Puma. He does indeed has an amazing talent for designing audio gear. What's even more amazing is that he is a top notch gentleman and provides excellent customer service with timely communications. A true asset to the audiophile community!

    I'll try and post a couple pic's of the phono stage here.... bear with me as I am slightly technologically challenged, lol.

    fullsizeoutput_5f99.jpeg

    fullsizeoutput_5f9a.jpeg

    fullsizeoutput_5f93.jpeg

    fullsizeoutput_5f91.jpeg

    The main phono comes shipped in a solid wooden crate and the external power supply comes well packaged in a sturdy cardboard box.

    I highly recommend Scott and his products.

    Best wishes,
    Don
    Linn LP12, Mober DC Power Supply, Naim ARO Tonearm, Benz Ruby Zebra Wood ZH MC Cartridge, Wavestream Kinetics Deluxe Phono Amp, Hirata Tango SUT, Artemis Labs PH-1 Tubed Phono, Forte FP-1 Solid State Phono, McIntosh MR67 Tubed Tuner, First Sound Presence Audio Signature Tubed Line Stage, Bel Canto SET40 - 845 Single Ended Triode Tube Amplifier, Dunlavy SCIV Signature Loudspeakers, Acoustic Zen Cables, VPI 16.5 Record Cleaner and a life time supply of NOS tubes

  28. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    East Bay, CA
    Posts
    1,739

    Re: Favorite Phonostage under $15k?

    Quote Originally Posted by No Regrets View Post
    Yes, he indeed has an amazing talent for designing audio gear. What's even more amazing is that he is a top notch gentleman and provides excellent customer service with timely communications. A true asset to the audiophile community!

    I'll try and post a couple pic's of the phono stage here.... bear with me as I am slightly technologically challenged, lol.

    fullsizeoutput_5f99.jpeg

    fullsizeoutput_5f9a.jpeg

    fullsizeoutput_5f93.jpeg

    fullsizeoutput_5f91.jpeg

    The main phono comes shipped in a solid wooden crate and the external power supply comes well packaged in a sturdy cardboard box.

    I highly recommend Scott and his products.

    Best wishes,
    Don
    Could not agree more on all points.

AudioShark - The Best High End Audio Discussion forum.

AudioShark forum is a leading forum site for High End Audio Discussion, Stereo System Discussion, Home Theater System Discussion, Best Home Stereo System Discussion, Home Theater Installation Discussion etc.

The AudioShark forum was created for sharing the passion of high-end Audio. We have Audiophiles from all over the world participating and sharing their knowledge. From novice to experts, you will find a friendly environment for discussing about High End Audio, Stereo System, Home Theater System, Home Stereo System, Home Theater Installation, Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers, Integrated System, Acoustic treatments & Digital Room Corrections and many more.

At AudioShark, we also have incorporated an exciting Marketplace where members can peruse terrific buys on used gear, as well as meet dealers and discuss the purchase of new gear.

We are as crazy about this hobby as you are! So come on in and join us! Audioshark.org the Friendliest Audio Forum!

Industry Participation Disclosure : The owner and administrator of Audioshark is the owner of Suncoast Audio LLC in Sarasota Florida. Suncoast Audio has a full brick and mortar presence in Sarasota with several great show rooms with many world class brands. More information can be found at http://www.suncoastaudio.com

Audioshark is a community of like minded individuals. Audioshark welcomes participation from all manufacturers and owners of all brands and products. It is our belief that online forums provide a community of like minded audiophiles and music lovers to encourage the growth of this wonderful hobby.

Sincerely,
The Audioshark.org Team

Favorite Phonostage under k?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •