Well, that all got squished up due my cutting and pasting I think, so I'll give it another shot to see if it's clearer. Thanks.
--- On Wed, 2/15/12, Roderic G Stephens <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Roderic G Stephens <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Phono Preamps
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 6:50 PM
Well, the TLD is a bit out of my pocketbook, especially when you consider it MONO! As far as the NAD, this is from a comparison which mentions it this way:
"I’m not going to blab on and on about how this phono stage is a revelation, and kills phono stages costing thousands. The sound is very good. There are better sounding units, and they are all significantly more expensive. To compare it to a relevant “rival,” by price-point, I tried listening to the little NAD phono stage. The NAD can’t touch the Rek-O-Kut. The NAD was borderline unlistenable at times, where the Rek-O-Kut provided pleasurable listening."
I'm sure we could go on and on about which units are the best, but I think I'll settle on the bigger brother of the Rek-O-Kut ($10 more) with switchable EQ for LP or 78 disks.This customer review from the Needle Doctor's site. John, a customer says,I'm using this with an old (but good) ortofon VMS 20e cartridge, and the results are wonderful.
I was using an Apex ATP1 ( paid~$30) before. This one is better in the following respects
1.The noise floor is very very low, there are no random ticks and pops whatsoever.
2. There is audibly less distortion.
3. The lower mids sound more natural (probably due to the better RIAA spec).
It's in an attractive case. It's also small enough to stash out of site behind your amp or something.
The price is right too. It comes with a good quality RCA cable and a female RCA to male 1/8" TRS jack (for standard sound card use).
So, I think I'll probably go with the switchable EQ version. Thank to you all for your usual excellent input. Rod Stephens