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  • Rega - Fono Mini A2D - Phono Preamplifier / DAC

    The Rega Fono Mini A2D is a high quality phono preamplifier for use with any moving magnet cartridge. The addition of USB interface allows you to easily transfer vinyl to...
  • Pro-Ject - Phono Box - Phono Preamplifier

    Today, many amplifiers do not have a specific phono cartridge input. Phono Box is an ideal phono preamplifier for these Hi Fi system and accepts both MM and MC cartridges....
  • Pro-Ject - Record Box E - Phono Preamplifier

    Record Box E: Pure vinyl listening pleasure plus recording functionality! Record Box E is an high-quality phono preamplifier, that offers the possibility to convert your valuable vinyls into computer music...
  • Pro-Ject - Tube Box S - Tube Phono Preamplifier

    This new phono preamplifier with tube output stage offers unrivalled performance and unique flexibility, which never before was available at this price! Sonic quality of Tube Box S is extremely...
  • Thorens - MM 008 - Phono Preamplifier

    MM 008 / MM 008 ADC phono preamplifierMM and MC phono stage with brushed aluminium fascia. Available with integrated analogue-to-digital converter (MM 008 ADC). Specifications150 W x 50 H x...
  • Thorens - MM 002 - MM Phono Preamplifier

    MM 002 phono preamplifierCompact MM phono stage in high quality metal enclosure Specifications100 W x 45 H x 93 D in mm, 295g
  • Rega - Fono MM 2017 MK 3 (New) - Phono Preamplifier

    The new Fono MM phono stage has been designed to be effective, easy to use, and above all, to reproduce music. The Fono MM uses a fully discrete, cascaded, complementary...
  • Rega - Fono MC 2017 (New) - Phono Preamplifier

    The Fono MC is an exceptionally high quality MC phono stage designed to maximise the potential of any MC cartridge. Although specifically to compliment the latest Rega range of moving...
  • Pro-Ject - Tube Box DS - Tube Phono Preamplifier

    This precision tube phono preamplifier benefits from outstanding circuit technology from Dr. Sykora and uses ultimate components. For the first time a variable selection of input impedance for MC cartridges...
  • Thorens - MM 008 ADC - Phono Preamplifier w/ ADC

    MM 008 / MM 008 ADC phono preamplifierMM and MC phono stage with brushed aluminium fascia. Available with integrated analogue-to-digital converter (MM 008 ADC). Specifications150 W x 50 H x...
  • Rega - Aria - MM/MC Phono Preamplifier

    The Aria is an "all analogue amplifier" with no digital control circuitry.The fully aluminium case screens the internal circuit from any stray RFI signals. Our designers have avoided including any...
  • Pro-Ject - Phono Box RS - Phono Preamplifier

    Impedance adjustment can be done while playback! Due to use of best parts, like SSM2019 from Analog Devices as input stages and Linear Technology LT1010 as high current buffer stage,...

Phono Preamplifiers

If you have a turntable – especially with a moving coil or moving magnet cartridge – you’ll need a phono preamplifier. The reason is that the output from a cartridge is much lower than that from line level sources like a CD or tape, and requires an extra stage of amplification. Also, the recording process used to create records also adds equalisation which must be removed during playback to restore proper tonal balance. Long story short, if you’ve got a turntable, you need a phono preamp.

Sure, you can buy a turntable with a built-in preamp, and in some cases this will work, but for the best sound or digital copies from your records, you’ll want to have a separate phono preamp. Combo products generally give you the bare minimum of everything they’re composed of, so getting yourself a dedicated preamp will make a world of difference in your sound.

An important job of a phono preamp is RIAA equalisation, which restores the music’s original tonal balance during playback, and differentiates a phono preamp from those used for microphones or musical instruments. All phono preamps do this, although some models do it better than others.

How do you know which phono preamplifier to choose? Budget is usually (and obviously) one of the first considerations. The best preamps produce the most honest sound, and you’ll usually get what you pay for here. Also look at whether you need any of the extra features (like adjusting the loading) that some models offer, and whether you need MM or MC inputs.

We carry excellent phono preamps from Clearaudio, Plinius, Pro-Ject, Rega, and Thorens, and stand behind every piece we sell, knowing that they’ve been proven by critics and audiophiles alike. What Hi Fi calls the Clearaudo Nano “the one to buy”, and absolutely raves about the Plinius Koru, saying that “vinyl has rarely sounded this good.” And Audiophilia highly recommends the Rega Aria, calling it a “superbly built, finely tuned phono stage that has engineering found in much more expensive models”. You can’t go wrong with any choice, but if you need help finding just the right match for you, give us a call and we’ll help you narrow down your choices.

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