Outboard phono preamps - Parasound, NAD or Rotel?

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  1. RayJK

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    If you had to choose which of these three would you take and why?
     
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    I did choose between those and got the Rotel. The reason was because it was reviewed more favorably in a handful of sources and I didn't want to go to the next level of expense (past $200) to get a phono preamp.

    I was able to purchase one used -- from someone on this forum as I recall -- which put a mint condition unit in my hands for about the price of the NAD.

    I also needed a unit that did BOTH MM and MC carts, which I don't think the NAD does. (But you should check my memory on that...)

    I'm quite happy with the Rotel, overall. I do have a VERY low output MC Sumiko cartridge, so I find it works best when I use my Levinson head amp ahead of the Rotel, and then run the Rotel in MM. However, the Rotel works fine without the head amp, even on the Sumiko.
     
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    None of the above, and they all were on my list. I chose the Creek OBH-8SE:

    http://www.creekaudio.co.uk/products/obh/obh_8_9.asp

    Quality analog electronics from England... [​IMG]

    IMO, the NAD is a particularly bad choice, because the cables are too short, and are integrated into the unit (you can't swap them for a longer, better set).
     
  4. RayJK

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    Bob_L, Thanks for the post, the only thing I have against the Rotel is the size. I'd have to put it a few feet from the player. Since you can find all 3 in the $90-110 area cost doesn't enter into it.

    Kevin, The Creek is the next step up and I don't know if I want to double the expense. It does look to be a nice unit though.
     
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    Ray- Look around, I got mine used for $175... [​IMG]
     
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    Now, let me first say that I have a budget vinyl set-up. My turntable is just a $200 Sony PS-LX350H manual unit, and I have it paired with an NAD PP-1 phono pre-amp that connects to an NAD C 370 stereo integrated amp. For the money, I have no complaints with the NAD phono pre-amp. I got a new unit from Sound City (authorized dealer) for just $85 about two years ago. It is true that the cables are hardwired and are short, but it works for me. Admittedly, I did not compare the PP-1 with other phono pre-amps. I bought the PP-1 based on price, reputation, and my own good experiences with other NAD products.

    If I upgrade my turntable one day, I will look at the Creek phono pre-amps. For now, though, the NAD unit is working just fine.
     
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    No experience with the Rotel or NAD, but I picked up the Parasound PPH-100 when my pre-amp's internal phono section failed a couple years ago. It is paired with a Rega Planar 3 fitted with a Sumiko Blue Point Special. Just wanted a cheap band-aid until I could justify a step up. At this point, I'm in no hurry to upgrade, as the Parasound exceeded expectations.

    Pros: very good dynamic range, clarity... very good tonal balance... decent soundstage... quiet... tiny footprint... tiny price.

    Cons: output level is low in comparison to all other components.

    There are surely better phono sections for more money, but the PPH-100 holds its own.
     
  8. Jeff Kleinberg

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    Hi,
    Just want to add a second reccommendation for the rotel. I have been using it for about a year with a grado blue cartridge with excellent results. .http://www.ecoustics.com there are many reviews of preamps
     

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