Denon AV Phono stage or Project Phono box???

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  1. petitor

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    Hi all,

    I've recently upgraded my AV receiver to the Denon X4400H. Its not exactly a budget AV and comes with an on board phono stage. My old Pioneer receiver didn't have this hence the need for the Project Phono box. I ran a Rega RP1 and Pioneer PL12D through that and enjoyed the sound.

    I am currently trying out the Denon's phono stage and have to say its pretty good. I may look to upgrade the Project at some but am not sure whether there is any point??

    What are peoples thoughts? On board or separate phono stage?

    Thanks
     
  2. Mark.Yudkin

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    I know this is heresy here, but the fact remains that the weakest points in all but pathological systems are the transducers, and that by a massive margin. IOW, you might achieve a marginal improvement with a Project Phono box as an electronics upgrade, but whether that would be a cost-effective upgrade is another question. Of course, if you have the itch, your best approach would be to ask your dealer to let you borrow a head amp on a "try and keep if like" basis.
     

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