Best Phono Preamps

Updated May 2019
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There’s been a huge resurgence of vinyl records, and turntables are back in vogue. While the look, feel, and smell of vinyl is a draw, it’s the richer quality of sound that attracts users. However, the signal coming from the record player cartridge is a thousand times lower than a CD player signal, so to boost it through your speakers, you’re going to need to amplify it. Phono preamps do just this by plugging into the turntable via cables. There are 2 types of preamps that correspond to your cartridge, which will be either MM (moving magnet) or MC (moving coil), so check the manufacturer’s specifications to make the right choice. Phono preamps are a very affordable way to boost your vinyl listening enjoyment.

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