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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I need to buy a phono preamp.

 

This is my current setup:

 

- Rega RP3 with Ortofon 2m Blue

- Yamaha R-XV3800

- B&W CM9

 

The receiver has a phono input, but the rega needs to be placed far away from the receiver, so I'm looking to get a preamp, plug the rega to the preamp and then the preamp to the receiver.

 

I'm also looking to get some cables to connect the preamp to the receiver. I reckon I'll need 5/6 metres.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 8

The best value would be something like this ART DJPRE II @ £30. http://artproaudio.com/artcessories/turntable_preamps/product/djpre_ii/

 

But and this is a big BUT your cable length is pretty long and could be prone to interference. Worse, since the pre and power amps will probably be on different mains plugs you might and up with a nasty mains hum.

 

In that case this unit may be more suitable if you can make use of the S/PDIF or USB inputs on your receiver. ART USB PhonoPlus @ £60 http://artproaudio.com/artcessories/turntable_preamps/product/usb_phono_plus-ps/

 

If that's not workable either and the worse comes to the worse another solution might be this Alice unit. http://www.alice.co.uk/phonopak.shtml

 

It's the only one I can think of offhand that will give you an isolated balanced output suitable for long cable runs.  

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

Thanks for the recommendations.

 

To be honest, I was considering the Rega Fono MM http://www.oandlhifi.co.uk/london-hifi-shop/product-view.asp?prod_urn=1196

 

I was looking for something around the £200 range. Sorry I didn't specify that.

 

Could you please give me more details on the hum problem?

 

Thanks.-

post #4 of 8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_loop_%28electricity%29

 

Ground loops are weird. Sometimes you get one, mostly you don't but if you do it can difficult and frustrating to fix. I hope for your sake I'm being alarmist but it would be very sad for you to hook up a new piece of kit then be disappointed instead of elated.

 

I think you are running a big enough risk to make it worthwhile either borrowing a phono pre-amp or checking your supplier's returns policy and testing out out your proposed topology first. With luck you will be ok. If not then not to worry. The Alice is pro gear and less than you wanted to spend anyway.

 

You will want something this £40 unit to re-convert the balanced signal back to unbalanced as well. http://artproaudio.com/artcessories/audio_solutions/product/cleanbox_pro/

 

I always get my cables here. http://www.studiospares.com/page/leadfinder The professional range is what you want. Neutrik connectors and Sommer cable.

post #5 of 8

I have been through  a lot of Phono's the past 3 years. 4+X the price of this.

I highly recommend this> $300 excellent!

Completely adjustable.

http://vista-audio.com/products/phono-1mkII/index.htm

 

No affiliation.

post #6 of 8

The Parasound Z-Phono is an excellent phono stage, almost unbeatable at the price,  check out all the reviews online.  You can get it as a phono preamp only version, or for more money you can get it with USB output, a level control and so on. Works well even with low-output MC pickups.

 

Also very nice for little money is the YAQIN MS-22B, if you like tubes. Comes with cheap-and-cheerful Chinese 12AX7's in it, you can roll the tubes to your heart's content.  I like RCA 7025's in this preamp; they can be had for reasonable prices.

 

Going up the money ladder there are nice kit-built phono stages out there like the Hagerman Cornet ( check eBay  one for sale on there from a FANTASTIC seller....**ahem**)   and many folks love the Bottlehead EROS phono stage. Both of these are tube designs.

 

For pure DIY, the PASS DIY PEARL or PEARL II  are world-class solid-state designs.  ( http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/pass-labs/156397-pearl-two.html

 

 

Note:  I have owned / heard all of these preamps.

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by bacobits View Post
 

I have been through  a lot of Phono's the past 3 years. 4+X the price of this.

I highly recommend this> $300 excellent!

Completely adjustable.

http://vista-audio.com/products/phono-1mkII/index.htm

 

No affiliation.

Hi, I'm looking for a new phono.  The Vista looks interesting... do you still rate this unit or have you moved on?  Many thanks.

post #8 of 8

I still rate the Vista very highly for the $$ and also a iFI Phono too. Both excellent.

I am currently using a Modwright modified Monolithic Sound PS1 with custom Modwright power supply.

I had been looking for one of these and hence the sale of the other 2 above.

All excellent and recommended.


Edited by bacobits - 5/26/14 at 5:26am
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