10 Best Phono Preamps
Rega Aria V2
The flagship Rega Aria V2 pairs all-analog quality with high performance and versatility, albeit at a price. It supports both moving coil and moving magnet cartridges and boasts separate bespoke preamp circuitry and dedicated inputs for each of its stages.
- Anti-interference aluminum casing
- Simple setup and operation
- Zero signal degradation
Rolls Bellari VP549
Thanks to its rumble filter and cartridge load capacitance switch, the Rolls Bellari VP549 can tackle signals from just about any turntable you throw its way. It also has a 3.5mm auxiliary output, so you can plug in small speakers or headphones.
- Warm and deep audio
- Handmade in the united states
- Very durable construction
Music Fidelity V90-LPS Stage
Rather than offering a single switchable pathway, the Music Fidelity V90-LPS Stage provides separate RCA inputs for moving magnet and magnetic coil cartridges. That allows each channel to be optimized for the clearest audio.
- Bright green ground connector
- Solid metal case
- Very simple operation
iFi Audio Zen
The aptly-named iFi Audio Zen is extremely quiet on either of its moving magnet or moving coil inputs. It can be customized to work with a range of turntable setups, with four adjustable gain settings of between 36 and 72 decibels.
- Attractive metal casing
- Sub-sonic noise filter
- Pentacon and balanced rca outputs
Musical Fidelity M6 Balanced
If you’re a professional DJ in search of a performance-ready option, the Musical Fidelity M6 Balanced could be a good choice. It can accept inputs from up to three turntables at a time, with the ability to switch or combine signals.
- Intuitive interface
- Wide overload margin
- Very expensive option
Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 Ultra
The Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 Ultra utilizes high-performance polystyrene capacitors to achieve audiophile-quality results at an affordable price. Its high-end circuitry delivers an 89-decibel signal-to-noise ratio and its solid metal casing reduces electrical interference.
- Four gain settings
- Uncomplicated design
- Power supply is not the best quality
Cambridge Audio Alva Duo
The British-built Cambridge Audio Alva Duo features moving magnet and moving coil cartridge compatibility, as well as a balance control and a subsonic filter. This eliminates undesirable low-frequency noise that can be generated by worn or imperfect vinyl.
- Integrated headphones amplifier
- Impressive build quality
- Volume knob only affects headphones
Art USB Plus
The Art USB Plus comes with software that lets you transfer music from vinyl records to a computer. You can monitor its output in real time to ensure the sound quality is up to snuff and trim your gain with a dedicated knob.
- Effective low-cut filter
- 45-decibel line boost
- Doesn't include a power supply
The Technolink TC-756USB RIAA is convenient choice for backing up your favorite records as high fidelity digital files. It features an auxiliary input and USB output, as well as attenuation controls to dial in the sound quality.
- Works with pcs and macs
- Selectable sampling rate
- Only compatible with moving magnets
Those looking for a basic line-level amplifier with no bells and whistles would do well to consider the Pyle Mini . It features simple RCA input to output connectivity and yields surprisingly good results, especially when considering its affordable price tag.
- Can run on 9-volt battery
- Mains power adapter is included
- Doesn't have an on-off switch