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  1. #1
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    Jan 2016
    North Carolina

    Phono Preamp Recommendation

    Please give me some real world experiences and suggestions.
    Under $5k, must have balanced out (balanced in a plus), high enough gain for low output MC but also at home with MM or MI cartridges. I lean more towards open holographic presentation.
    A few I have considered. PS Audio Stellar, Parasound JC3+, BAT Vk-P6, Pass XP-17

  2. #2
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    Nov 2013
    SE Pa

    Re: Phono Preamp Recommendation

    In the sub 5k price point I like what you have chosen and I'll add ........

    ModWright Instruments | PH 9.0 Tube Phono Stage

    not sure if it will fulfill your balanced requirements though ........
    Cheers ! …. Dave

  3. #3
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    Jul 2017

    Re: Phono Preamp Recommendation

    If a bit above 5k is ok, I will give a try to the Zesto audio phono Andros 2
    Analogue source: Kuzma R, 4 Point 11’, ZYX Ultimate Omega GH
    Digital source: Lumin T2, NUC8 i5, Roon Rock, network connected.
    Amplification:Zesto Andros 1.2, Luxman C-900u, Karan KAS 400.
    Speakers: Magico S3 MKII
    Cables: interconect: Neotech RCA NEI 3001 (phono to preamp) all other Nordost Heimdall II XLR speakers: Nordost Heimdall II
    ISOL 8 Minisub Wave, main Neotech NEP 3001, all other DH labs.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2013
    Sarasota, FL

    Re: Phono Preamp Recommendation

    Pass XP17. We had it in the store and loved it.

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    Nipomo, CA

    Re: Phono Preamp Recommendation

    I really enjoy my SimAudio NEO 310LP. It comes in at about $2k, has both SE and Balanced outputs (one of the reason I went with this one was the Balanced outs). Has a slew of settings for both MM and MC cartridges including gain up to 66db. When using the Balanced outputs the gain goes up to 72db. The 310 is also built like a tank using thick metal casing and the Toroidal Power Transformer is separated and isolated internally.
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  6. #6
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    Dec 2015

    Re: Phono Preamp Recommendation

    power: Audioplan Powerstar, Audioplan Finefilter, Audioplan Powerplant, Powercord
    tube amp: Jadis DA 50 Signature RC, Line Magnetic 508ia
    speaker: Living Voice Avatar 2
    turntable: Pro-Ject Xtension 10 + Ortofon Quintet Black MC
    phono stage: Remton 383 MKII
    cables: Audioplan Musicable bic 7a, Profigold, Wilbrand

    home-cinema: Sony blu-ray, Yamaha rx v2700, Heco Metas 700 (4x), Heco center

  7. #7
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    Jul 2016

    Re: Phono Preamp Recommendation

    I have used Pass XOno, Ayre, BAT VK P-5 & P-10, and conrad-johnson. I love the CJ

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