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    Join Date: May 2016

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    Hi guys,
    So as the lovely TT and cartridge that I have hasnít sold Iíve decided to get back into the joy of vinyl BUT ! As the cartridge is MC and my amp only has an MM input which is my best option vs price , sound quality etc
    A SUT , a different preamp ( using my Roksan K2 ) or an MC phono stage?


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    Depends on the budget and the unit chosen. A good SUT might sound better than a pre. A better pre might sound better than a SUT and so on. You need tottery a couple of units in your system.

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    Thanks Dave , another member said a sut .
    Happy with the amp for now so sut seems the better option


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    Cheaper SUTs tend to be a disappointment and often outperformed by reasonable phono pre-amps, but my favourite is actually a good SUT into a decent MM phono stage.
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    Agreed - audio transformer design is a fairly esoteric subject and well designed transformers are expensive to manufacture. The better ones are made in Germany, Sweden, the US and Japan.
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    Thanks gents


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    A SUT will alter the sound of a cartridge slightly, as the loading is marginally different between each one.
    We are talking minor differences.

    Having a SUT will give you greater flexibility to try any MM only stage.
    I have a SUT that you can borrow until you find one to buy if you wish.

    Cheers,
    Alan
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    Morning Alan ,
    Thatís very kind of you , I may take you up on that offer but before I do I need to get other items to accommodate the TT such as a rack/table and more interconnects .
    Iíll be in touch mate.

    Cheers


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    And don't forget the headamp option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    And don't forget the headamp option.
    And the 2nd mortgage for new vinyl

    Oh wait....

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