Best phono preamps?

What Hi-Fi? write: A phono stage (or, if you prefer, a phono preamp) boosts the signal from a turntable to a workable level – if your stereo amp or record player doesn’t have one built-in, you’ll need a dedicated box. Ideally, your list of potential purchases should include one of these. They’re the best you can buy […]

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Best phono preamps?

What Hi-Fi write: A phono stage (or, if you prefer, a phono preamp) boosts the signal from a turntable to a workable level – if your stereo amp or record player doesn’t have one built-in, you’ll need a dedicated box. Ideally, your list of potential purchases should include one of these. They’re the best you can buy […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Gyro to Orbe upgrade; is it sensible in this system?

Can you advise me in my quest to enhance my current hi-fi system please? It looks like this: Michell GyroDec + Rega RB600 + Sumiko Blue Point Special cartridge. The phono stage is a Clear Audio Basic MM/MC. Loudspeakers are Linn Ninkas and CD player a Linn Genki. The power amp is a Linn LK140 […]

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SONY VINTAGE: The ‘compact lifestyle’ system, Sony vintage and the Rega RB300

I read a feature on the Sony vintage amp and tuner combo and it has rekindled my interest in a vintage receiver for a non-serious system. I’m talking a silver fronted, wood panelled, yellow backlit hernia-inducing beast I’ve realised how good some of these are and how much some manufacturers put into them which now […]

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Best turntable system under £2000

One of the many things that makes vinyl a unique format for storing and playing back music is how wildly variable performance can be. What you use to play your records can make a huge difference to the sound you end up with. The widespread resurgence of vinyl’s popularity undoubtedly has as much to do with fashion […]

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REGA: Apollo-R- Inherent Glitch?

This is my second Rega Apollo-R….Lovely CD Player! This example was built around early (ish) 2017. So probably, one of the last batches made. It’s replacement is now the curved looking Apollo (non R). Like the first Apollo-R I had prior, this one also sometimes freezes. Switching the unit off/back on etc the oddity disappears. […]

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