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Offline leehookem

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I need a new phono preamp
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:02:13 PM »
Whatcha say?

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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014, 10:02:30 PM »
lehman black cube

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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2014, 01:05:21 PM »
Bellari VP-130 tube phono pre....  275$  See "here"

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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2014, 01:55:52 PM »
For the uninitiated, what special qualities are you looking for in a turntable preamp? Looking at the bellari it certainly claims to emphasize the characteristics of a turntable vs another source. Do these aim to emphasize the warm/natural aspect that many people like about vinyl?
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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2014, 10:01:00 PM »
lehman black cube
The black cube is an excellent suggestion. I had aBellari for a little bit & maybe mine was just a mix match with my cart but I did not like it at all, certainly not worth the price for a new one. I bought one when they first came out so while it might have been a synergy issue with my system hopefully the latest model is a little more refined. There are plenty of plenty options in the sub $500 range. I'd check Agon, I'm sure you can do very well with your budget.
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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 12:57:00 AM »
Pro-Ject Phono Box S Phono Preamp for around $200 new?

Budget friendly, and probably has a decent resale if you want to upgrade...
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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 11:26:57 AM »
Anyone have experience with the Emotiva XPS-1?  Great reviews on audiokarma and one heck of a price point at 150 bucks.
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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2014, 02:02:29 PM »
In the $500 range the black cube is the way to go. There is a deluxe on eBay for less than $500 right now. the other preamps will give you a taste and some promise to move forward the black cube will get you there at under $500. It may be all the preamp you will need moving forward the others give a taste and  entre into "what do I buy to replace this preamp".  So, do yourself a favor and buy right the first time.
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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2014, 09:45:37 PM »
In the $500 range the black cube is the way to go. There is a deluxe on eBay for less than $500 right now. the other preamps will give you a taste and some promise to move forward the black cube will get you there at under $500. It may be all the preamp you will need moving forward the others artist entre into what do I buy to replace this preamp.  So, do yourself a favor and buy right the first time.

This, I wish I never sold mine.
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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2014, 02:22:13 PM »
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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2014, 11:40:04 PM »
So I picked up a new phono stage this week...

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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2014, 12:58:04 AM »
Nice find.  Pretty lights.  Bigger than what you might need but hey...
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Re: I need a new phono preamp
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2014, 02:08:59 PM »
Nope, nothing wrong with a vintage receive. I love my Sanusi AU but still use my phono amp. Enjoy! Great find.
I know you like, tape for people's approval and stuff, and wave your tapes around like they're your dick...  but even you can't actually think section tapes from philips sound good.  



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