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Phono stages.

Discussion in 'audio' started by mikegreenwood, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. mercalia

    mercalia pfm Member

    Too many rich people here lol I have to make do with the Musical Fidelity XLPs v3. Works well enough for me. Bought it from a SevenOaks branch closure long time ago for £140 new
  2. timeout

    timeout ignorance is bliss

    i am still using AuroraSound VIDA phono stage

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    The Vida is very good.
  4. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs frequently wrong.

    Arkless Turbo. Jolly good.
  5. misterdog

    misterdog Not the canine kind

    I moved up to an Arkless from my Dino, great VFM (I have it for sale, should anyone desire such).
  6. jamie123

    jamie123 pfm Member

    im using a Nakamichi ca5 pre amp,i bought it just for the phono stage.
  7. samz

    samz pfm Member

    I'm enjoying a Heed Questar with Heed Q PSU matched with a AT440MLb in my system, not sure how it stacks up to the opposition but would be interested to hear if anyone has made some comparisons.
  8. timeout

    timeout ignorance is bliss


    some say it make svinyl sound darker ;)
  9. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    I use an urika , certainly showed the difference when I changed my cartridge.
  10. Waxxy

    Waxxy pfm Member

    Over the past decade, I've owned a few outstanding phono stages including Eastern Electric, Moon and 47 Labs. I continue to use the EE Minimax and have no urge to upgrade...no urge to upgrade the phono stage anyway! ;)

  11. kasperhauser

    kasperhauser pfm Member

    How much would one have to spend to make a meaningful step up from the Cambridge 651 (for MM)?
  12. DavidY80

    DavidY80 Not RoHS Compliant

    In my case it was probably around £150 in parts, going the DIY route with Rod Elliot's phono stage.
  13. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

  14. F1eng

    F1eng pfm Member

    Goldmund PH2
  15. gx502

    gx502 pfm Member

    If staying with MM cartridges, the njc stage is excellent. I believe it would be a very large upgrage from the Cambridge 651 (good though the 651 is at its price point).

    The NJC stage costs 495GBP, but I believe they only ship within the UK.

  16. kasperhauser

    kasperhauser pfm Member

    Looks quite nice, but you are correct about UK only.
  17. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    You certainly can't complain about the parts quality with the NJC - I don't think I've ever heard it though:

  18. FireMoon

    FireMoon pfm Member

    Phono Clone.... love it.
  19. yuckyamson

    yuckyamson pfm Member

    FWIW the ones that I've noticed coming up consistently from this group were:

    1) Arkless 640/651 Turbo or Turbo++. I realize there was at one point some bloodshed on this issue but people seemed to really love the product.

    2) The Paradise which, if I'm not mistaken Simon built like 10 of. They are supposed to be great. Certainly some of the pictures would indicate a serious phono stage, again, never heard it.

    My question to you guys with experiences on the above was what about the:

    3) Firebottle

    It something designed in a similar vein (not technically, but spiritually) as another DIY project somewhere else out there in the Ether-Sphere-Webs and I'm curious how it stacks up to these.

    I can only speak for my own DV P-75 which, I think is quite good and having gone up to the Mk. 3 now they are really quite solid.
  20. martin dawson

    martin dawson pfm Member

    I think you'll find Simon has built at least 16 to my knowledge as my one was no14.
    It is a very serious phono stage but you have to have 4 boxes a la Naim 110. It's a mono format with a dedicated power supply per channel, easily out classing my previous phono stage Whest Audio 30R.

    Simon once told me that a friend of his had a Tom Evans top of the range phono stage circa £10K and there wasn't much in it.



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