best budget phono pre amp new or used under $400

just bought a JoLida sj801A gold tube amp and some sda 1c and need a phono pre


  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,639
    If you could stretch your budget a little...

    or find a used budgie
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,015
    Agree on the Puffin ^^^ but a used Dynavector P75 will also serve you well, and is within your budget.
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  • Dr_WuDr_Wu Posts: 163
    Been very happy with the MoFi StudioPhono.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,454
    A demo of a slightly tarted up version of the Lounge Audio LCR phono preamp here was pretty favorable. I liked the sound, and the price of the stock (base) version is pretty good (less than 400 smackers), if memory serves.


    I will offer one itty-bitty piece of unsolicited advice. When it comes to hifi (heck, most things) -- I am cheap. Really, incredibly cheap. But... I spent considerably more than 300 Samoleums on my phono preamp. One does tend to get what one pays for.

  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,461
    I've been very pleased with my Vista Audio Phono 2.
  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,815
    Doc Hardy beat me to it. A Lounge LCR is well within your budget (you might find one for around $200 - $250 used with a little patience). I'm very pleased with mine.
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