Get the phono stage preamp right and you'll realise just how special your vinyl is...
We are one of the most prolific phono stage preamp manufacturers in the world and have been since 1999. What's more is we have a great reputation for delivering the best sound from vinyl you'll probably ever hear.
We only make phono stage preamps dedicated to one cartridge sensitivity group or another because a universal MM/MC stage is a jack of all trades - master of none. Often the moving magnet (high output moving coil) section is a compromise, so why waste your money?
|MM||Supporting the moving magnet and high output moving coil cartridge user - superb energy and expression no matter what the musical genre. Cartridge sensitivity range 1.6mV to 10mV.|
|MC||Put low output moving coil cartridges into top-gear/overdrive. Cartridge sensitivity range 0.1mV to 1mV.|
|EQ||Archival and RIAA: trusted by Libraries and Universities to archive 78s and older vinyls, and will also play all "modern" vinyl extremely well.|
|SU||Step-up low output moving coil to moving magnet level: the right way to have the best of both worlds.|
Where did the term "phono stage preamp" come from? Once upon a time when amplifiers had different input levels for different analog signals like tape head, tuner and turntable, they called these stages. The one the turntable was plugged into was called the phono stage. Inside the amplifier was a preamplifier for the phono stage: it is called the phono preamp. In 1982 the compact disc started to supplant vinyl records and very soon amplifier manufacturers saw no need to include an input for a turntable. Nowadays most amplifiers simply have a number of identical analog inputs, and so they aren't even "stages" anymore, and as such they don't contain a phono preamp. To play vinyl records on a hifi turntable you therefore need that missing phono stage as a separate box. That separate phono stage box has the phono preamp inside of it. They are one and the same: a phono stage is a phono preamp and a phono preamp is a phono stage - but because we are now living in the internet age we have to try to make it easy for machines called search-engines to find relevant pages like this - so we gather the terms in the correct sequential order to give the item the description phono-stage-preamp.