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Okay, help me pick out a phono preamp

Botch

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S!
Superstar
Okay, I'm pulling together my components in a semi-permanent configuration (not exactly how I wanted to, but that'll be another thread) and will finally be setting my turntable back up. Unfortunately my new Yamaha receiver does not have a phono preamp, so I will need to add one. The two I've been looking at are a NAD unit:


http://www.crutchfield.com/p_745PP3I/NAD-PP3i.html?search=phono+preamp

And a Bellari unit:


http://www.amazon.com/Bellari-Tube-...?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1323651783&sr=1-43

I like the NAD unit for the price and, well, its made by NAD. The Bellari unit has a tube, I don't have any tubes in any of my signal paths and I'd like to, and its used by HT in their test lab so its probably no slouch. Both units feature a USB out, which is a must-have for me, I have a pretty large collection of Mobile Fidelity and Sheffield Lab premium vinyl (including direct-to-disk) that I want to digitize and save wear-n-tear on the originals.

Any recommendations? Other suggestions meeting the above requirements (and hopefully <$400) are welcome!
 

Zing

Retired Admin
Famous
I have it on good authority that Parasound's zPhono Preamp is an excellent component and an outstanding value at $199.



*EDIT* Disregard. I missed the USB requirement. :(
 

Rope

Well-Known Member
Famous
MM, MC, or do you want the option of using both? Have you selected a cartridge?

Rope
 

Botch

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S!
Superstar
MM, I have an ancient Shure V15 Type V that I had just refreshed with a new needle before I bought my first CD player; I don't anticipate buying another cartridge in my lifetime.
 

Rope

Well-Known Member
Famous
Phono Preamp USB

Unless you plan to upgrade down the road, and considering your current equipment. I don't know that I would sink a bunch of geeza in a phono pre.

Rope
 
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