Best phono stage under £150

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  1. kstandsteve

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    As title really

    My system is Rega Planar 2, ortofon red cart, kenwood 3020se amp.
     
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    Musical Fidelity V-LPS is a good buy. Or the Project range. Or Rega.
     
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    Been looking at MF and Project ones MF is £120 Project is £79 question is the dearer one worth the extra?
     
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    You couldpick up an Sony ES amp with a better onboard phono stage than an offboard £150 stage. Also will upgrade your 3020SE (a nice old amp but one that could be improved upon by a Sony TA-F670ES/700ES/630ESD and a few more. Worth reading up on. Sony ES search the forum.
     
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    Just been checking noise floor of my offboard Creek OBH 8se, a pretty good moving magnet solid state phono stage. Surprised to find the Sony (TA F630ESD) was quieter! Difficult to to A B listening tests however.

    That said the amp cost a third as much as the Creek.
     
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    Cheers. Surprised to hear the Sony has a better phono stage than a dedicated unit. Had a look on auction site and non at the mo. there is a 542ES?
     
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    Not sure it's better per se - is a pig to change the RCA cables behind the unit - but it certainly is VERY quiet re hum and hiss!

    I've had a few integrated amps (NAD, Cyrus low to mid range) and it's quieter (noise wise) than all of them.

    That said it might have a lower output too (SNR relevant there)!
     
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    In my system the TA-F630ESD was better than a Naim Stageline MM (Linn LP12, Akito, Valhalla, Shure V15 III). I had previously a Moth 30 RIAA phono stage, CA 640P. The nearest to the Sony stage was the Moth 30 but there is a long distance between them time wise. The Stageline was used with a Primare A30.1 II. The Sony ES was a better match with my speakers.
     
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    Have a look on ebay or some of the HiFi forums for a 2nd hand Graham Slee. For £150 your looking at a fairly new Gram Amp 2 or possibly an older Era Gold.
     
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    I run a Creek OBH-8SE myself too. Cracking little phono stage for the money. Don't come up too often second hand mind. A new Creek phono amp is quite a bit more though.

    I wrote a article a while ago rounding up all the best choice phono amps for around a £100, both new and second hand. Have a gander.
     

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