Recommend a good budget phono pre

Discussion in 'Advice Threads' started by Kernel Kurtz, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Kernel Kurtz

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    I've pretty much achieved the 2-channel system I enjoy for my CD collection at this point, now thinking about dabbling in some vinyl again. Still have the turntable I had when I decided to go all in on digital back in the early 90s, a Sony PS-X800 Linear Biotracer, and it appears to still work OK mechanically, which is good because I know these get finicky when they get old with all the tiny wires for the servos getting brittle. I know the Shure V15 type IV needs a stylus, and that looks like it may be a bit pricey.

    Divested myself of all my vinyl many years ago but I know they went to good homes. I expect to still mostly listen to digital, maybe will just buy a few of my fave albums on vinyl again, so I don't want to spend a whole lot on this project for now (we all know that could change LOL). Previous preamps all have had phono stages, but with the Freya now I'll need to buy a separate. Schiit Mani seems the obvious choice given the rest of my system, but there is certainly a large selection to choose from so just looking for opinions on alternative choices in the same price range.

    Any thoughts from the good folks here are always appreciated. TIA!
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018

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