Mar 20

Why A Good Preamp Makes A Difference To Your Record Player

The best turntables would likely not include a phono preamp, because inbuilt preamps tend to be of a lower quality. It’s a lot like inbuilt speakers that you see in TVs or computer monitors nowadays. These do not produce the same level of quality than dedicated devices that come separately, mostly because there is a lack of space for an inbuilt version. Plus, the cost of such devices is obviously also a factor.

elac turntableReceivers or amplifiers that are suitable for a record player will range quite a bit. A lot of record player guides out there would advise that you spend at least $500 on a stereo for this particular purpose. In fact, more expensive amplifiers can cost up to $3,000. This astounding figure, added up to the base cost of a high end turntable, would be anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000. Is it necessary? Far from it. You could simply plug in a set of portable speakers and achieve roughly the same quality of music that you would get. The difference lies in the actual record player itself, not the receiver or type of phono preamp that you get. If you ask me, I would recommend the Onkyo A-9010 Stereo Amplifier, which only costs about $250. This device also includes both digital and analog outputs for other devices that you wish to use besides your record player.