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  • Ijon_Tichy
    Junior Member
    • Dec 2003
    • 12

    Phono Stage Question

    I am looking for a phono stage to go with my rsx-1055.

    I thought about buying a used RC-8xx or RC-9xx preamp with a phono stage instead of a new RQ-970. The RC's can be bought at a much lower price than the RQ and they include headphone output as well.

    Is there any reason why I should go with a RQ instead of an RC (like tge RC-870BX)?
  • Green
    Junior Member
    • Dec 2003
    • 8

    #2
    Look at the Sumiko phono box, inexpensive and sweet sounding

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    • eelco74
      Senior Member
      • Dec 2002
      • 394

      #3
      Hi Ijon,

      The 970 phono pre-amp is a fully discrete phono amp, capable of MC and MM elements. If you own a nice turntable like a pro-ject rpm-4 or a rega, I would invest in a 970 pre-amp. In combo with a Ortofon MC element (X3-MC or MC1) you can get excellent results.

      The phono stage in a pre-amp is not nearly as good as a seperate phono stage. Most of them are only suited for MM elements. So if you have an older Dual turntable with a Ortofon OBM5 or 10, that will do.

      Pro-ject makes some fine phono stages ( www.project-audio.net) as well as musical fidelity.




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      • gd
        Senior Member
        • Jan 2003
        • 583

        #4
        Another option:

        Parasound PPH-100.

        It nicely outperforms its $120 price point.
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