Pro-Ject Phono Box MM
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Simple to set up, works great
Item # 252PBMMB | MFR # PhonoBox MM-BK
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Do you have a turntable, but no phono input on your receiver or shelf system? No problem — just hook up the Pro-Ject Phono Box MM preamplifier inline between your record player and any of your receiver's aux inputs, and you're ready to enjoy your LP collection all over again. This preamp's clean, simple design takes advantage of high-quality, low-noise circuitry to give you the warm, richly detailed sound that vinyl is famous for, at a bargain price.
This phono preamp does not come with an RCA cable to connect to your receiver or amp.
Simple to set up, works great
Anonymous, Canandaigua, NY
Average Customer Review(s):
Simple to set up, works great
I ordered this Phono Pre-amp to listen to my old records on my current Receiver. It works great and sounds great as well.
My daughter has been bitten by the vinyl bug. I decided to set up an old system of mine from the late seventies in her bedroom. I had an old SAE 50wpc power amp and a Nikki pre-amp and technics automatic turntable not being used for years stored in the basement. After setting everything up, I discovered that the phono section of the preamp had a bad right channel. I decided to purchase the Pro ject phono preamp and run it through the Nikko's aux. input to bypass my preamps phono stage. Everything worked perfectly, the Pro ject provided a clean signal with no added noise, and the turntable grounded to it with absolutely no hum. My only problem now is my daughter "borrowing" my records. Actually that doesn't bother me at all , I'm glad to see her appreciating good music on a good format for a change!!
Pros: Small size,no noise introduced to system.
Excelent audio reproduction. It does not clip loud passages. Uses almost no power. Connected to linear tracking rurntable with mm cartridge, Sony STRN 1080.
Pros: Accurate, Excelent dynamic range, very low power consumption.
The Pro-ject phono box MM gave good boost, smoothness and clarity to my receiver and turntable. The receiver already had a phono input, but I was not happy with it's out put. The phono box pre amp gave it a much improved lift of sound fidelity to my vinyl. I was happy to see that I was not the only one who bought the phono box even though I already had access to a phono input in my receiver. I was about to get a whole new turntable. It was recommended that I try this first and the results were quite satisfying. Thank you Crtutchfield! I am so happy with the quality of suggestions I get from your team of audio technicia
Pros: Audio improvement - smooth, clear and improved power out put.
Cons: Takes up a set of RCA outputs - worth it though. No on and off switch which leaves you wondering if you should unplug it after each use or if it turns off when you power down your turntable. But the improvement = 5 stars for me anyway.
Worked perfectly. was able to connect turn table to new Bose wave system to listen to old favorite vinyl records.
Great product. Worked flawlessly.
It works as designed. I did need to purchase the ground wire to eliminate the hum. For the price, I think they could have included a 4' ground wire.
Worked as described and expected. Decent product for older turntable and newer stereo equip.
Pros: Easy to use and setup
As usual prompt service got it two days later easy to hook up only problem is no connecting cables from the box out to my receiver didn't realize till I got it home then had to go buy cables all in all sounds great makes my turntable work with my new receiver awesome
Wasn't sure how I was going to play my records until contacting Crutchfield and talking to a pro who directed me to what I needed. Now, I'm listening to records I haven't heard in awhile. Thanks guys!
Easy to connect.
Pros: Works fine.
Easy setup vinyl records sound amazing
Perfect. After some careful thought I decided not to get rid of my collection of vinyl. I had replaced most of my 33-1/3s with CDs but not all. After 15 years or so I dusted off my old Pioneer turn table and fired it up. To my surprise my current Pioneer VSX-D711 amp does not have a phono input. Of course the next step was to visit Crutchfield.com. As usual I found exactly what I needed. A phono preamp. I believe it was delivered the next evening. You can't beat that.
Pros: It's what I needed. Compact unit that doesn't take up a lot of space.
Cons: There are none.
Very easy setup. Vintage vinyl LPs sound great.
Pros: Easy setup, great sound
Listening to my vinyl again! Does the job as advertised. I am not an audiophile so it sounds great to me :-).
Cons: So far none.
This phono box works great! The Crutchfield website was so easy to use and the suggestions were very helpful such as the one for this phono box. My stereo system I recently purchased sounds amazing and I will be buying more and recommending more from Crutchfield. Thanks!!!
Pros: Easy to buy. Easy to hook up. Sounds great.
Does the job. Well constructed and easy to set up.
Pros: Sturdy, small and easy to set up.
Made a big difference in the sound of my turntable. simple to install.
Solid. Does what it's supposed to.
Needed just a bit more than the preamp built into my turntable provided, this unit did the job perfectly.
DOES THE JOB
This guy does exactly what he says he'll do, so no complaints there. I wish he had a bit more punch, but perhaps that's a product of my daisychained turntable to old Bose wave radio set up. Probably, it is. On the front side, crutchfield yet again nails the service, advice, shipping, etc. fantastic five star company.
with all of the technology available, it would be wishful thinking for a preamp to alert you that your turntable isn't compatible.
worked great right out the box,!
Pros: easy in/out ...basic operation just like a phonograph player: turn it on and let the music begin!
Great product. Performs as expected.
Bought for my daughter to use with her new Yamaha Adventage receiver, and Monitor Audio S1 speakers. Turntable is an old A-T Linear Track SL5, cartridge is an A-t an A-T P-Mount AT-331LP. Sound is good thought the phono pre, actually, better than I expected for the price (open box). Not as refined as the Cambridge Audio 651, but hey, that's twice the price. All in all, a good option for a low cost Phono pre. I would recommend it to anyone looking to move up from a built-in phono pre for the price.
Pros: Good Sound, easy installation, Open Box saves even more.
Cons: None at this price.
Does what it is supposed to do without a footprint of it's own
Pros: Small. Easy setup. Solid.
Exactly what it said it would be good price good product
Strait forward setup. Works great.
It does exactly what its suppose to do without vacuum tubes and high price. Ta-da.
Bought this to go with a new Pro-Ject turntable. Assumed my amp. had a phono stage, but it didn't. Didn't want to spend a lot, but didn't want junk either. This unit fits the bill perfectly. Performs great. This unit was $99, but it can be found for less. Completely satisfied.
Pros: Quality, performance
I own a Yamaha R-S700 receiver with which I'm very happy. I thought I could bump the performance of the phono stage a bit with this product. Although the preamp did increase the volume slightly, the quality of sound/fidelity was noticeably worse. I suppose I could spend more on a different/better preamp, but I"m happy with what I have, knowing what I know now.
Pros: Slightly increased volume.
Cons: Degradation of sound quality.
I purchased a turntable to use both as a devise to transfer vinyl recording to digital format and for playback connected to a receiver, unfortunately the info regarding the turntable did not mention that it did not have a built in preamp. This amp provided the perfect solution - small, easy to hookup and a good price.
Pros: Small size fits easily with my system, quick and easy to install and price didn't break the budget.
The product performs as stated. Great price point. I can now listen to some of my old favorite albums as they were intended.
Pros: Small, easy to set up. Easy to hide behind system.
Cons: Should have purchased this a long time ago.
The phono preamp was exactly as described and functions perfectly. Delivery time was good, very good sale in my opinion. I'm a satisfied customer.
Pros: As described on website, quick delivery.
Nice, simple box. Does what it's supposed to do. Not too exciting, but, it's not supposed to.
Pros: Does the job. Very compact.
Cons: Not much excitement.
This is my first phono pre-amp. Sounds great, easy setup. Pairs well with my Pro-ject Debut Carbon. No problems with hum, since i connected the turntable ground to the amplifier ground.
Pros: Easy to use, economical choice for debut carbon owners. Good sound.
Cons: No Support for moving coil cartridges.
This was exactly what I needed for my vintage Dual 1245. My new receiver did not have the phono inputs like my old Akai did. The unit is simple, without any need for me to access it regularly and without a large price tag.
After getting a new av receiver I new I needed this product to play my vinyl albums. It was simple to connect and so far so good. small enough to hide.
Pros: compact size. good performance.
Cons: nothing bad about the pro-ject, but its a shame you must go out to purchase additional amp to play old phono's on todays new receivers. vinyl is still great to play and has superior sound quality over cd's.
I've found the phono stages on modern receivers to be weak (not nearly as loud as the other input signals) and even though my present receiver has a phono input I figured the Phono Box would be an upgrade over what was in the receiver, and for the price, why not give it a shot. It was a definite improvement in signal strength. My turntable is the Project Debut III and it is a perfect match. If you decide to do this upgrade do not plug it in to the receiver's phono jack, plug it in to the DVD, Aux, Cable, Tape input, etc. As usual Axel my Crutchfield rep was great.
Pros: Improves signal quality and strength
I had been searching for a reasonably priced AV receiver which included a phono pre-amp. Yes, I actually do still play my vinyl. Much to my disappointment there are few, if any, offerings. It was suggested that I consider an outboard photo preamp and the Pro-Ject was selected. The device works perfectly and provides appropriate RCA in and out jacks, a phono ground and power connection. It is solid, with a metal case and appears to be well constructed. The attractive thing is its size; it is a small unit which I was very easily able to tuck into my cabinet, behind the receiver and out of sight. There are no controls on the unit, so there is no need for access. It was also reasonably priced. The Pro-Ject that I selected is for moving magnet cartridges, but I saw other options for those who use moving coil, or want both.
Pros: Simple, solid design. Size. Price.
Cons: None that I could identify
This is the best money I've spent in a long time! The unit is compact (I keep it on a shelf behind the CDs) and extremely easy to hook up. More important - and I am thrilled by this - it has enhanced the sound of my LPs and I'm talking late 60s, early 70s recordings: Beatles, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks as well as Maria Callas and Glenn Gould! I'd recommend not thinking twice about this product. I trust you'll be as delighted as I am. Happy Listening! As always, great service from the Crutchfield folks.
Great product! It exceeds its price range. Sturdy build. Greatly improved the sound of my system.
Pros: Great sound at a reasonable price.
A snap to hook-up and it works perfectly.
Pros: Easy to install
Cons: Lacks an on/off switch
Excellent product; hookup a piece of cake; works flawlessly with my Onkyo 414 and turntable
Easy to hook up and records sound as great as i remember.
Excellent service and prompt delivery. Just what I expected from Crutchfield ! Thanks, JPB
Phono (MM) Preamp: The Pro-Ject Phono Box MM allows you to connect a turntable with a MM (moving magnet) cartridge to a home receiver or amplifier without a dedicated phono input.
Metal Case: The Phono Box MM's metal case shields the electronics from vibration and electromagnetic interference.
Dual-Mono Circuitry: The Phono Box MM provides optimal channel separation through dual-mono circuitry and low-noise ICs.
RIAA Equalization: The Pro-Ject Phono Box MM provides amplification and RIAA equalization for MM cartridges.
RCA Connections: The Phono Box MM features gold-plated stereo RCA connections. A stereo RCA input connects your turntable, and a stereo RCA output connects your home receiver or amplifier. RCA cables sold separately.
Ground Terminal: The phono preamp also has a turntable ground, in case your turntable has a separate ground lead. This provides shielding to the tone-arm and the sensitive circuitry in the turntable.
Outboard Power Supply: The Pro-Ject Phono Box MM is powered by the included DC power supply. The external power adapter is separate from the phono preamp to further improve sound quality.
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Per adviser Tine saying it will work with my MMC EN20 B&O 3400 Turntable. [ Patrick O. May 08, 2018 ]
Needed for new Sony A/V receiver. Phono preamp is no longer on the back of the unit. [ Mark Mar 21, 2018 ]
I do have a receiver with phono input. However I found that when I play a record, I lose volume / out put power when compared to audio out put of the other components like the cd player or satellite radio, tuner and dvd. It was suggested that I get an independent phono pre- amp and plug it into to the reciever as one would do as if the receiver did not have a phono input. So I am waiting fot this project pre amp to see if I get a fuller sound as I do with my other components. Hope it works! [ CHRISTOPHER Mar 10, 2018 ]
Price and need for a preamp [ Ken Mar 05, 2018 ]
Upgraded to modern receiver and receiver did not have phono jack. [ Gerald Jan 25, 2018 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield advisor [ RICHARD Dec 27, 2017 ]
The preamp I bought from Amazon was just too cheap and hideous [ Ivan Dec 20, 2017 ]
Great Christmas gift for my son. Thanks for the great prices & service! [ LISA Dec 07, 2017 ]
I am going to add a record player [ Carlos M Nov 30, 2017 ]
Hopefully a cheap and easy fix that will allow me to utilize an older turntable with an updated system. We will see! [ John Nov 21, 2017 ]
A price-minded phono preamp purchase. [ John A. Nov 03, 2017 ]
Because I am old school and still use a turntable. [ keith Oct 31, 2017 ]
to be able to use my turntable with my receiver [ William Oct 11, 2017 ]
Just bought a new receiver without phono input. Was looking for a reasonably priced phono pre-amp. I found that this pre-amp has received high ratings from many websites. It is considered to be one of the best under $100 phono pre-amps. [ Vincent Jul 18, 2017 ]
Price was right and it's what I need. [ Joseph Fenwick Jun 20, 2017 ]
Price, quality and simplicity. [ Omar May 21, 2017 ]
No matter what I have purchased from Crutchfield they help make it work. [ John May 15, 2017 ]
It was recommended to hook up a record player to the receiver I chose. [ Phillip Apr 05, 2017 ]
Need to be able to play my vinyl! Have never used one of these but seemed to make good sense. [ William Mar 20, 2017 ]
Spoke with Buzz to confirm this is the preamp I needed for my turntable. [ Richard Nov 09, 2016 ]
Small compact and fit my needs. [ Richard Nov 04, 2016 ]
Upgrade to system; use turntable [ FRANK Oct 15, 2016 ]
pro-ject makes great products [ charles Sep 13, 2016 ]
Good Price [ Terry Aug 16, 2016 ]
I chose this product because so that I could listen to my vinyl collection from 60s and 70s. through my receiver/speakers. [ Pradeep S. Jun 29, 2016 ]
Value and reviews. [ Michael Jun 24, 2016 ]
I've bought one before. Great for the price. [ Alan Jun 02, 2016 ]
Least expensive phono pre-amp and seems to be most popular choice for phono pre-amp for receiver (Marantz NR1506) that does not have phono input/pre-amp built in. [ Andy May 13, 2016 ]
Reasonably priced solution to my phono preamp needs. [ E May 13, 2016 ]
Excellent rating [ Philip May 12, 2016 ]
High reviews and best seller. Also in my price range. [ CHARLES May 01, 2016 ]
Advice from my expert technical advisor, Ann. Ann's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=55 [ Elizabeth Apr 14, 2016 ]
I needed it. [ Walter Apr 11, 2016 ]
Yes. This box solved the exact same issue for me. [ DAVID Feb 01, 2018 ]
Yes, your Ortofon cartridge is a MM (Moving Magnet) cartridge. You need an MM phono pre-amp like this one (which is great, by the way). Plug your phono pre-amp into any of the line outputs (marked CD, Aux, etc.). You'll be off and running. [ Michael Jan 31, 2018 ]
Yes. I have the same turntable and a Yamaha amp and use thr same project pre amp. [ Paul Jan 31, 2018 ]
What input options does your receiver have? I previously used a Pioneer Receiver that has TV/SAT inputs, and I plugged my turntable into that. I would think you would be able to plug this into whatever input you had been using for a turntable. (Unless it's a USB only turntable?) [ Alicia Jan 31, 2018 ]
It looks like the R1000-EDT is a moving magnet cartridge, so this should work for you. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat first to double check though. [ Jeff Jan 09, 2014 ] Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on determining the type of cartridge your turntable has I would recommend trying an internet search for the model number. Yo could also reach out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to help determine the type of cartridge and help you get the best gear for your system. [ Jeff Dec 28, 2013 ] Staff