Don't be discouraged or turned away by the low cost of this wonderful small phono stage preamp. It is well worth its cost. The increase in fidelity, especially the highs and backgrounds come to life with this preamp. There many more much more expensive phono stages out there, some costing in the thousands. But if you are getting back into vinyl, perhaps as I am with vinyl being a second source of music, moving my favorite "older" tunes to CDs so that they can be then ripped to my computer, this NAD phono stage is ideal. Although it has no capability for direct transfer of vinyl to the CDs, I do have a HHB CD Burner/Player connected into my music system which can receive the signals from the vinyl and burn them to CDs. A worthwhile project, indeed. Additionally, especially for my classical music collection on vinyl, this NAD phono stage is just the thing for bringing out all the special music that is not heard with a preamp phono connection. Listening is an entirely new experience for me. Many older receivers, integrateds, and preamps have only a phono connection for a Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge, the superb responses from a good Mocing Coil (MC) cartridge is not possible. This small NAD offers you the choice by a simple switch: either MM or MC. For beginning listening, beginning move to CD, for MC capability that is not there, the low cost of this NAD and its very good responses was just what I was hoping for when I bought it and installed it.
Pros: Moving Magnet / Moving Coil cartridge choice.
New realism in sound for older vinyl recordings.
Low cost for superior response, output and performance
Cons: No USB output present for transfer of signals --- to transfer music to CD, an external CD burner is necessary, attached to an output port (such as Tape Out) on receiver, integrated, or preamp