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Thread: Budget MM phono stage recommendations?

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    Default Budget MM phono stage recommendations?

    A friend has about £200 to £250 to spend to better the MM input on his Marantz AV receiver.
    Deck is a Planar 3 (or whatever the new version is called) running a Rega Exact cartridge.

    Obviously 2nd hand will get a better deal.
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    If he can stretch to £299 new (obviously less preowned if he can find one) I highly recommend the Rothwell Simplex (http://www.rothwellaudioproducts.co....honostage.html)

    I am using one at the moment (with a Rothwell MC1-H) with HOMC Benz Micro Silver and Denon DL-160 into a Croft 25RSLS line stage and it is superb. Have used it with pure MM Goldring 2500 with equally good results.
    Always a little further

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    Longdog PH1 phono stage.

    Don't think you will get better for £200.
    I love Hendrix for so many reasons. He was so much more than just a blues guitarist - he played damn well any kind of guitar he wanted. In fact I'm not sure if he even played the guitar - he played music. - Stevie Ray Vaughan

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    The Longdog PH1 good then? I have never heard it.
    His other option at the moment is a Slee Gram Amp 2 SE for £150 used.
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    I haven't heard one but I know Nick would put money in the right places.
    Couple of good reviews about.
    I love Hendrix for so many reasons. He was so much more than just a blues guitarist - he played damn well any kind of guitar he wanted. In fact I'm not sure if he even played the guitar - he played music. - Stevie Ray Vaughan

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    I have one of yours for some time now and not willing to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    The Longdog PH1 good then? I have never heard it.
    His other option at the moment is a Slee Gram Amp 2 SE for £150 used.
    Yes it is, heard one a couple of times.
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

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    Thanks. He has gone for the Gram Amp 2 SE.
    I did feedback the comments on here...
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    The Schiit Audio Mani phono preamp is the best in it's modest price range.
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    Schiit shot themselves in the foot by using MC input resistance of 47 ohms. WHY?

    The industry standard for MC input is 100 ohms. I modified one and it sounded so much better, 47 ohms is too low for most MC carts.
    I love Hendrix for so many reasons. He was so much more than just a blues guitarist - he played damn well any kind of guitar he wanted. In fact I'm not sure if he even played the guitar - he played music. - Stevie Ray Vaughan

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