Do I need a phono stage and a headphone amp?
Nov 30, 2009 at 3:04 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 3

El Bishop

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Thinking of taking the plunge and picking up a turntable. Can I go straight from the turntable to a headphone amp (then to RS1s) or do I still need a phono stage to amplify the sound sufficiently from the turntable?

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EB
 
Nov 30, 2009 at 4:56 AM Post #3 of 3

Uncle Erik

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Yes. A phono stage is more than a preamp, it also applies the RIAA equalization curve to the playback.

In short, there are a number of technical reasons why a record has to be cut the way it is. The best solution to several limitations was to steeply attenuate part of the recording.

So, a phono preamp is a lot like a graphic equalizer. The difference is that it is permanently set at a particular level.
 

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