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#142733 - 06/28/06 11:58 AM phono preamp?
littleb Offline
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Registered: 08/03/03
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Loc: Moorhead, Minnesota/US
Being I have an HK AVR and I am an old f#*% with a large collection of vinyl, I was considering purchasing a phono preamp. I also read somewhere that there are some power amps that can be used for this purpose. Please advise one of the uninitiated old guys.

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#142734 - 06/28/06 12:19 PM Re: phono preamp? [Re: littleb]
alan Offline
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littleb,

This reasonably priced Project phono preamp at AcousticSounds.com should do the job just fine. Of course, you can pay thousands for tweaky high-end phono preamps and if you do so, you'll certainly "hear" the difference.

http://store.acousticsounds.com/browse_detail.cfm?Title_ID=13112&section=equipment

The little Project even gets the imprimatur of vinyl fanatic Michael Fremer of Stereophile magazine.

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#142735 - 06/28/06 12:29 PM Re: phono preamp? [Re: littleb]
inthedeck Offline
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Registered: 03/22/06
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Curious, but what if you tried to plug in a record player into another set of red/white jacks, for some other source (i.e. aux. or other)? Would the sound be heard? I.E. without a preamp, and an HK AVR, if you plug the record player into another set of RCA 'ins' will it play through the speakers?

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#142736 - 06/28/06 12:59 PM Re: phono preamp? [Re: littleb]
Ajax Offline
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Registered: 12/30/03
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You can find them even less expensive at Phonopreamps.com.

I have the TCC TC-750. Works fine.
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#142737 - 06/28/06 01:07 PM Re: phono preamp? [Re: inthedeck]
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The output level of a phono cartridge is much lower than "standard line level". A phono preamp is sometimes more accurately referred to as a pre-preamp.

There are also RIAA EQ curves applied in phono stages.

In short: You would hear something if you really cranked the volume, but it wouldn't be very good!
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#142738 - 06/28/06 01:28 PM Re: phono preamp? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
inthedeck Offline
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Registered: 03/22/06
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^^ Gotcha. I got it now.

And Ajax, thanks for the link. I might just have to invest in one of those little boxes...if I decide to hook the record player up to everything. I have tons of LP's that I wouldn't mind recording to CD...

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#142739 - 06/28/06 01:30 PM Re: phono preamp? [Re: inthedeck]
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De nada!
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#142740 - 06/28/06 05:13 PM Re: phono preamp? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
chrono Offline
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Registered: 06/24/03
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Loc: Toronto, ON
Quote:

The output level of a phono cartridge is much lower than "standard line level". A phono preamp is sometimes more accurately referred to as a pre-preamp.

There are also RIAA EQ curves applied in phono stages.

In short: You would hear something if you really cranked the volume, but it wouldn't be very good!




I have the TC-750 too and it's completely fine.. I'd recommend it.

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#142741 - 06/28/06 08:46 PM Re: phono preamp? [Re: littleb]
VikingShips Offline
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Registered: 01/14/06
Posts: 71
Loc: southern CA
Here's an on-line auction with many more inexpensive options:

phono pre-amp auction

This site might be better if you know exactly what you want... Good luck!
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#142742 - 06/29/06 12:30 PM Re: phono preamp? [Re: VikingShips]
littleb Offline
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Registered: 08/03/03
Posts: 1235
Loc: Moorhead, Minnesota/US
Thank you everyone for the info. I would have never found that on my own. I picked up a cheapo Philmore Pre-600 from a local shop. It works ok, but I can hear a pronounced, annoying hum in my speakers. It is kind of annoying. Now I remember why CDs were such a big deal.

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