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gus6464
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Need some recommendations on a phono preamp

Well it all started with my wife getting all of her dad's old records as well as his TT but the TT didn't make it from storage (Technics SL-B2). So I started scouring around the forums trying to put together a nice budget setup. At first I wanted new gear but was recommended to search the used market as gems could be found.

So low and behold upon searching craigslist one day I came upon a man selling a lot of his gear so I called him up. Well needless to say I pretty much scored the deal of the century with the following:

Epos ELS-3 w/ ST35 stands
Rega Planar 2 TT w/ RB300 arm and AT140 cart
Price paid: $500

The speakers look brand new and the TT is in excellent condition. It was an older man who was loved his gear but had to part with it because he had to move. For right now I will be powering everything with an old Sony AVR until I can save some money to get some very nice electronics worthy of this gear. Now the Sony AVR does not have a phono input so I need a preamp. Wife says I can spend $250 max on a preamp so I want something that will last me after I get my new electronics. Right now I am leaning very heavily on the Parasound P3 preamp with the A23 amp so would like something that would be a good match. I have been looking around but don't really know what's good (Music Hall Bellari vp125?).

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Re: Need some recommendations on a phono preamp

I always thought these sound pretty good for the money.

http://www.rolls.com/new/vp129.html

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Re: Need some recommendations on a phono preamp


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I always thought these sound pretty good for the money.

http://www.rolls.com/new/vp129.html

Is that the same thing as the Music Hall Bellari vp129 that I was talking about in my first post? They look exactly the same. Or does Music Hall distribute the Rolls under their name?
http://www.musichallaudio.com/mmf_products.asp?show=true&prolook=bellari

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Re: Need some recommendations on a phono preamp

Music Hall is a distributor, it is the Rolls Bellari VP129.

Edit: Actually, it looks like Bellari is the manufacturer and Rolls and Music Hall are distributors.

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Re: Need some recommendations on a phono preamp

There are several great choices available.

The Clearaudio Nano sounds superb. I have spent time listening and it is quiet and catches mui mucho detail.
http://www.musicdirect.com/product/80783

The Creek OBH 18 MM is darn good, too. The Rega moving magnet cartridges all have adequate output to work with that phono-preamp quite nicely.
http://www.musicdirect.com/product/73360

A giant killer at 129.00 is the Pro-Ject Phono Box Mk2MM. I gots nothing bad to say about it!
http://www.musicdirect.com/product/74466

Bellari also came out with a sub-80.00 phonopre that is solid state, but I have not heard it.

Cheers!

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