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Phono Stage recommendations

Discussion in 'audio' started by rmcin626, Nov 29, 2021.

  1. rmcin626

    rmcin626 pfm Member

    I bought a Pathos Classic Remix Amp a few weeks ago, I am now thinking of a change to my Phono stage currently a Primare R32 , there is of course an obvious choice the Pathos in the Groove, which is around the £1500 mark.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions or recommendations around that price mark or ideally cheaper. The Primare R32 is doing a fine job by the way and will be an excellent purchase for someone very soon.

    turntable is Acoustic Solid with Ortofon Quintet Bronze
  2. leroyd

    leroyd pfm Member

    The R32 is a fine phono stage. I would suggest that if possible you do an A/B comparison with the R32 and any potential replacement, rather than assume that something new with rave reviews will better it. You might disapoint yourself.
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  3. rmcin626

    rmcin626 pfm Member

    You could be right, and yes the R32 is fine phono stage, if i thought something within budget would make a significant difference then I would be happy to spend the money.
  4. gerlando

    gerlando Prog Rocker

    Keep the R32.
  5. rmcin626

    rmcin626 pfm Member

    That might still happen
  6. jimification

    jimification pfm Member

    Combining the In the Groove with your Pathos Classic Remix would give you the option to go balanced, if that appealed. (I have no idea if there's any benefit to that in a typical domestic audio setting)
  7. rmcin626

    rmcin626 pfm Member

    Knew it was an option, and as you say not sure if that would be beneficial
  8. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    The OP will be welcome to try the demo Arkless GTi phono stage when it next goes on a round country tour in the new year. Well under budget too.
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  9. rmcin626

    rmcin626 pfm Member

    Many thanks, might take you up on the offer if I don’t empty my wallet before that.
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  10. Bairnstorm

    Bairnstorm pfm Member

    I would probably step up on the cartridge instead.
    Amber Audio likes this.
  11. rmcin626

    rmcin626 pfm Member

    Always open to suggestions
  12. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, delighted with mine on a 1200G.
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  13. rmcin626

    rmcin626 pfm Member

    Will have a look maybe upgrading the cartridge
  14. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    Musical Fidelity M6x is an excellent stage with 3 independent inputs - one balanced.
  15. rmcin626

    rmcin626 pfm Member

    Thanks will have a look at it
  16. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

  17. Birdseed007

    Birdseed007 Active Member

    Trichord make some nice stages at all levels from £600-£2000. I went for the Dino Mk3 with NC PSU, I'm delighted with the clarity, neutrality and very low noise floor.

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  18. rmcin626

    rmcin626 pfm Member

  19. rmcin626

    rmcin626 pfm Member

    Thanks for the suggestion, its good to have several different suggestions
    Rk19 likes this.
  20. Elephantears

    Elephantears Trunkated Aesthete

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