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Turntable preamp question

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Thira, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. Thira

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    Just added the HK 7200 to my home theater. Previously I was using the Yamaha DSP-A1 which had inputs for my turntable.
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a preamp for my turntable?
    Secondly, which input should I connect the turntable to my HK 7200?
    Thank you
     
  2. Scott_N

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    What is your price range? What kind of cartridge are you using MM or MC? Any of the analog inputs on your reciever should be okay and I would use the stereo direct mode if your receiver has this.
     
  3. Philip Hamm

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    Parts Express has a phono preamp that looks nice for about $50 or so.
     
  4. Thira

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    I have a magnetic cartridge. I would like to stay under $250 and prefer a quality piece.
     
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    The Creek OBH-8 is a nice phono preamp in that price range. It retails for $199 and there many Creek/Music Hall dealers.
    Good luck with whatever you choose.
     
  7. gregD

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    Phono pre's at all sortsa price points, including 'insane':

    http://makeashorterlink.com/?I283424B7

    The one not shown that I use is a Parasound PPH-100... a real overachiever at $120.

    The Creeks are a good value.

    If you can spend a little more, the Lehman Black Cube is regarded as a world-beater at $470... have not heard it myself, however.

    Happy hunting.
     
  8. Scott_N

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    The Black Cube is a very good preamp for the money and Stereophile rated it Class B. One just sold on Audiogon for $300 so a used one might be in your price range. It has much better bass and detail than the Creek and compares with preamps twice it's price.
     
  9. NickScott

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    I just bought the NAD PP-2, you can use a MM and MC and I paid $150 can. for it. It sounds great and its a great price.
    It was rated the best phono preamp last year for the price in the UK. And I agree with that.

    Plus its really small, maybe 5 X 3 X 1.5", so you can hide it anywheres!
     
  10. Thira

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    Thanks so much for the direction in the worlk of phono preamps. I considered the Creek OBH-8 and Parasound PPH-100, and decided to purchase the Creek. NickScott, I might have been a bit too impatient as I went ahead and ordered the Creek. But the NAD PP-2 sounds very interesting and maybe for the price would have been my choice. The Black Cube was more than I wished to spend. Others in the thousand of dollar price range were a bit too outrageous for me. For the price of some, I could be listening to the waves of the Agean Sea on a Greek Island with some beautiful woman next to me. Just a thought. ANd another perspective!
    Thanks all!
     

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