What is a Phono Stage or Phono Preamplifier?
A Phono Stage or Phono Preamplifier takes the very low level output from your turntables cartridge and amplifies it to a level were a standard line level input on your amplifier can be used. Moving Magnet cartridges have typical output levels in the region of 3 - 5 mV, while moving coil cartridges have even lower outputs in the region of 0.2 - 0.5 mV. A typical line input on an integrated amplifier will have an input sensitivity of between 200 - 500 mV.
Do You need one?
If your amplifier or preamplifier does not have a dedicated Phono stage - either MM/MC or both and your turntable does not have a built in phono stage then you will need one to use your turntable with your HiFi System.
At Dooleys HiFi we are able to offer our customers a range of Phono Stages at a wide range of price points (£70 to over £3000) from Pro-Ject, Musical Fidelity and Lehmann Audio.
At Dooleys HiFi we can supply our customers from Pro-Ject"s entry level Moving Magnet Phono Stage to the RS Reference Phono Stage with dedicated external power supply.
Regardless of the price point Musical Fidelity has gained a reputation of designing some of the most accurate and musical sounding phono stages available to day.