I try to urge perspective to someone (including myself) who is tempted to
get something for almost nothing. Since Phillip Holmes' Rek-O-Kut article
talked about the Mac C20, check out what a $70 device would cost in 1960:
$9.62. What kind of phono preamp could you get in 1960 for $10? That you can
even get one today for that value is amazing, but not necessarily a good

Of the several units I've had at home in the past decade, the best value was
the Dynavector p75. I had the first version, and it was really very good
sonically, unperturbed by RFI or in any obvious way by overload. It has
gotten pricy - $850 - which in 1960 dollars is $116 - but you can find them
second hand for around $350.

Occupying the budget realm $150 - $200 is Cambridge Audio and Musical
Fidelity, companies that have a reputation for not making junk. I'd like to
hear one of Soundsmith's units, which are also reasonably priced. Man, there
are a LOT of attractive possibilities for not much dough.

Just suggestions. It's worth spending a little money on something important.
How often does one buy a phono preamp?


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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Phono Preamps

How accurate will the playback curve be when 10%/20%  off the shelf
components in the  feedback loop be ?  
I have 4 RIAA  Preamps from Op-Amp labs  here in  LA, that track within a
couple db off test records with Shure 55 cartridges in each turntable. They
cost like $40 each.  Op-amp labs made a lot of  plug and play  building
blocks  with  good results for those who didnt want to  hand build  stuff.
I would suspect  that with 1% components  the typical  data sheet preamp
would track pretty close to calculated values with off the shelf audio

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