Great phono preamp for the money
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Very good phono preamp for the money (Mine was an open box for a lower price). Nice lively and dynamic sound. Nearly silent background. With no record playing there is essentially no noise coming from the speakers except a very faint hiss if I put my ear right up to the speaker. Sometimes tubes can be a problem in this area, but not in this preamp. So far I've used it only with an Audio Technica AT-150MLX mm cartridge so I don't know how well it works with low output mc cartridges, but now that I have a preamp that can be customized to work with just about any cartridge I'll probably experiment with some other cartridges just to see. Just because I'm neurotic I have to monkey with just about every audio product. I tried swapping out the tubes with some vintage RCAs. I think that resulted in a slightly quieter background and better tone, but the difference could be due to confirmation bias. The stock tubes are just fine.
Pros: very reasonably priced; sounds very good; customizable to just about any cartridge
Cons: tubes are kind of difficult to replace