Phono Preamp Recommendations to compliment Nighthawk?
Having heard how good vinyl can sound with Raven Audio, I want to step up my phono preamp. But each piece of kit has its own unique sound and qualities. Any recommendations from the Raven Heads as to best preamp (USA) around $1000 to fit with my Klipsch LaScalas and Nighthawk? The turntable and cart will be upgraded AFTER I choose amp to match my Nighthawk and LaScalas. (Now I own U-turn Orbit with Ortofon Blue...its OK until....I go to VPI)
I've recently added Schiit Mani units on my solid state receivers and it was a good result. Inputs from Dual 606,607 and 1219 tables. Cant speak to the tube amp just yet, but their "stuff" has impressed for far less than a g note.
Thanks Joey, have looked at Schiit stuff before. Does indeed get great reviews for the very reasonable prices. Was also looking at Parasound Halo Jr, 3. I'm wanting to know I've done all I can do on that piece before I move to next weakest link. Lehman box also in the running. Channel Island is in the front running too. If Raven had one I'd probably already own it.
I use a Ray Samuels F117 phono stage with a SoundSmith cartridge on a VPI Classic turntable.
I use a tavish vintage tube phone stage amp that is in your price range.
Now THAT is a fabulous setup~! That turntable is fabulous, and I have a custom made high output MC Soundsmith Paua myself. So I know what Peter is capable of.
I just have a Zephyr MIMC *. Nothing special.
Hi. I'm currently using a Cambridge Audio Alva Duo ($300). Works with either MM or MC cartridges. Very quiet. Good soundstage for the cost. Happy so far. Have read good things about Simaudio "Moon 110LP v2" phono preamplifier ($475). Sutherland has a KC Vibe Phono Stage for around $900. Also, Soundsmith cartridges start around $400 for their Otello MI.
Some places like Audio Advice have 30 day return policy. Not sure about "Moon".