The Zphono is a major improvement over the phono preamps
found in stereo AV receivers currently on store shelves and it outperforms many phono preamps
embedded in expensive integrated amplifiers and high-end preamplifiers.
Use a good turntable and phono preamp
to ensure that the cartridge's sound will dominate.
By the way, in a future issue we will look at two low-cost, state-of-the-art external phono preamps
from Parasound ($150) and Rotel ($200).
If the ELP has an internal phono preamp
, the interconnects can go directly to the preamp inputs.
For all those music lovers who still enjoy LP records, there's a very capable phono preamp
that can add both sonic and visual appeal to your system.
The tube-powered Marchand Electronics phono preamp
requires an external transformer.
The unit has a phono preamp
. The phono preamp
design is consistent with other modern integrated receivers.
Provided the analog input signal level is not so low as to prevent more than about 12 bits from moving or too high to allow the DAC to clip any analog (analog tape, or external phono preamp
) signal should pass transparently.
Associated Equipment: My main system comprises a Bryston BP25 preamp, Parasound HCA-1000A power amplifier, Thiel CS2.4 speakers (and alternately Mach One M-2 speakers), WireWorld and Vampire interconnect cables, Mach 1 twisted pair speaker cables, and Thorens TD-320 Mark III turntable, Clearaudio Aurum Beta and Grado Platinum cartridges with Parasound P/PH-100 phono preamp
. My Home theater system consists of Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble (CSW) front main speakers with two CSW subwoofers and four CSW rear speakers (aimed toward the sides in bipolar configuration to disperse sound, Toshiba Pro Stereo VCR, Samsung DVD-611 DVD/CD player, Carver CT-26v A/V preamp-tuner, Carver TFM-55x THUD front amp and Carver TFM-42 rear amp.
Associated Equipment: My system comprises a Bryston BP25 preamp, Parasound HCA-1000A power amplifier, Thiel CS2.4 speakers, WireWorld and Vampire interconnect cables, Mach 1 twisted pair speaker cables, and Thorens TD-320 Mark III turntable with Parasound P/PH-100 phono preamp
Associated Equipment: Golden Tube Audio SEP 1 Preamp, Quicksilver Audio KT88 monoblocks, Cary Audio SLI-80 Integrated amp, VPI HW19 turntable, Audioquest PT 9 tonearm, Grado Reference Sonata cartridge, Musical Fidelity XLPS phono preamp
. Speakers: Vienna Acoustic Mozart, Michael Green Revolution 60s, B&W CDM1.
If I was going to indulge in vinyl while the Omega III EC was in the shop, then the acquisition of a phono preamp
was in order.
When I sent the Audio by Van Alstine Omega III EC preamp back to AVA for installation of tape buffers and a general upgrade, I needed a phono preamp
to handle vinyl with the Adcom GTP-350 preamp/tuner, which does not have phono circuitry.
Price: $2,995 as tested, which includes $500 for remote control, $500 for phono preamp
I wish it had a built-in phono preamp
and two-way tape dubbing, but those features are less important to many other audiophiles than to me.