Phono Preamplifiers

The signals coming out of your turntable are the most delicate of audio sources. A Phono Preamp or Phono Stage takes these tiny signals and boosts them into something more robust for your amplifier to work with. A great phono stage will bring you detail and dynamics without adding noise and hiss.

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  • Pro-Ject Phono Box E Phono Preamplifier

    Most of today's amplifiers are built without a specific phono cartridge input. The Phono Box E is an ideal phono preamplifier for these hi-fi systems, accepting MM cartridges. The analogue output of the Phono Box E can easily be connected to the line-input of your amplifier.

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    Regular Price: $139.00

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  • Pro-Ject Phono Box Pre Amplifier, MM and MC capable!...Black

    This is our most affordable phono stage that is capable of being used with a Moving Coil cartridge as well as a Moving Magnet cartridge.

    Perfect for a quick cheeky upgrade to a Moving Coil cartridge.

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    $169.00

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  • Rega Fono Mini A2D

    This is a cost affective version of the MM Fono and based on the phono amplifier as used in the Mira amplifier.

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  • Cambridge Audio Alva Solo

    A good quality phono stage is often the neglected stage in a Vinyl lovers system that can turn a good setup into an extraordinary one.

    Cambridge Audio have long understood this and a good quality, relatively affordable Moving Magnet phono stage has always been in their range. 

    The Alva Solo is no exception, replacing the Solo and updating its aesthetics to match the Cambridge Audio's new sleek styling throughout the rest of the range. It has also upgraded a couple of elements in teh circuitry design to reduce inherent noise floor even further.

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  • Rega Fono MM Mk 3

    The new Fono MM phono stage has been designed to be effective, easy to use, and above all, to reproduce music. The Fono MM uses a fully discrete, cascaded, complementary amplifier input stage, a configuration designed to optimise the performance of your moving magnet cartridge. Now housed in a brand new redesigned case to match the new Fono MC and Rega's latest range of electronic components offering a modern and sleek look guranteed to integrate in to any hi-fi system.

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    Regular Price: $479.00

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  • Pro-Ject Phono Box DS2, phono preamplifier, MM & MC with adjustable loading and gain in black

    The Pro-Ject Phono Box DS2 is a handy little unit. Capable of being used with a Moving Magnet and a Moving Coil cartridge and with adjustability for different gain and loading settings. 

    Black is the standard colour but silver with wooden side panels is available for an extra $100

    It's perfect for one of the cheaper Moving Coil cartridges like a denon DL103 or an Ortofon Quintet. Anything more than that and you'll want something with a bit more class and musicality to get the most out of the cartridge.

    Great for a stop gap and to fulfill a purpose though

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    Regular Price: $549.00

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  • Rega Fono MC Mk2 moving coil phono stage

    A moving coil catridge is a tough thing to amplifiy. They are very low level electrical output and come in a very broad range of loadings and capacitances.However a properly set moving coil cartridge is one of the most rewarding musical experiences and should be the end game for a vinyl enthusiast.

    The Fono MC is an exceptionally high quality MC phono stage designed to maximise the potential of any MC cartridge.

    Although specifically to compliment the latest Rega range of  moving coils you will find full adjustability for loading is available via dip switches conveniently placed on the rear panel with two different gain settings located on the back panel making the Fono MC compatible with most low output MC cartridges.

    Rega Fono Official website.

    "The Ear" on the Fono MC and the Ania cartridge.

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  • Cambridge Audio Alva Duo

    Alot of Vinyl lovers forget the importance of a good phono stage in their system for making an ordinary system into an extraordinary one.

    The phono stage does the crucial initial bit of amplification of the very low and sensitive electrical signal produced by the cartridge. Any adulteration in the signal here affects the whole chain.

    Cambridge Audio have always seen the importance of the separate phono stage in a Vinyl lovers system and that's why they've always offered a range of high quality phono stages.

    The new Alva Duo is capable of accepting Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridge inputs and its internal circuitry has been upgraded to further decrease the inherent noise floor in the unit. It's also undergone an aesthetic transformation keeping it in line with the sleek chassis of the new Cambridge Audio line. And to top it all off, it has a headphone output too. So listening to records up late without disturbing the rest of the household is now a none issue.

    Have a look at this review from Major Hi-Fi USA:

    https://majorhifi.com/cambridge-audio-duo-mc-mm-phono-preamp-review/

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  • Musical Fidelity MX Vinyl

    The MX-VYNL is a fully balanced, very high performance phono stage, able to operate with virtually any moving coil or moving magnet cartridge. With both traditional RCA inputs and our unique XLR fully balanced connection the MX-VYNL can be connected to 2 turntables simultaneously.

    The MX-VNYL offers a wide range of input impedance settings for moving coil cartridges as well as several capacitance settings for moving magnet units. Unlike many of our competitors units the MX-VYNL allows easy adjustment of these settings while playing. This allows easy experimentation and tuning to find the optimum setting for all your equipment.

    The MX-VYNL also includes our renowned RIAA correction that offers extremely accurate results to beyond 80kHz. That may sound extreme, but there is a good deal of information above 20 kHz that needs correction. If it isn’t corrected, it will show itself as ringing and overshoot.

    With both extraordinarily low noise and exceptional overload margin the MX-VYNL can comfortably handle even the most demanding of cartridges and satisfy the most discerning of listeners

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  • Blue Horizon Profono

    High quality analogue phono amplifier

    Profono is a discrete high quality analogue turntable cartridge amplifier which is installed before your pre-amp or integrated if you do not have a built in phono stage, or if the phono stage is of low quality. For improved sound, dynamics and a greater detailed performance connect your tone arm cable directly to Profono, and then connect to the auxiliary of your pre-amp or integrated amp using RCA inter connecting cables.

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    $1,429.00

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  • Chord Huei Phono Stage

    Typically known for their digital products in particular their DACs, Chord has surfaced with a product for all of those Vinyl enthusiasts that are jealous of their friend's aircraft grade aluminium DACs. Like their digital products, the Huei not only has that super cool casing, it also has the pretty LED lights and funky buttons...

    ...but of course the aesthetics of the Huei aren't the only important thing here!

    The Huei is a MM/MC phono stage with all of that tinkering capability for any type of cartridge. Impedance, Gain and Rumble (!) settings are all at your fingertips (coressponding to different coloured lights in the chassis). It also has Balanced outputs for those who are serious about Hi-Fi...and not just the coloured lights...

    It produces an incredibly clean sound almost completely devoid of noise floor resolving the image beautifully.

    We would recommend it to go with Soundsmith, Rega and Van den Hul cartridges.

    Click here for Chris Kelly's glowing review in The Ear 

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  • Cyrus Phono Signature ... one of the very best value Phono stages

    Once upon a time Cyrus made a phono stage in called the Phono X, a very adjustable and sensitive line stage for adding a high quality record player to a Cyrus system encasd in their characteristic magnesium alloy chassis. It wasn't cheap, but it was simply fantastic to listen to with a sub zero noise floor and acute but sweet detail presentation.

    They stopped making it in fairly short order, acceding to the then prevailing market wisdom that turntables were primitive tech doomed for extinction. Oh how we cried ... and Phono Xs became sought after and highly collectible.

    Welcome to 2016 and Cyrus have risen to the call of born again vinyl and released the Phono Signature, and it is fantastic.


    "What H Fi?" on the Phono Signature".


    "Hi-Fi Choice" on the Phono Signature".

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  • Musical Fidelity M6x Vinyl, completely balanced Phono Stage

    This phono stage hold the incredible electronic pedigree of Musical Fidelity and the M6 range...so it's gotta be good. 

    It offers three different inputs for those of us who like to swap and change Record players and/or cartridges. And all three inputs have the kind of flexibility of loading and gain that's only found on the very best. In essence, there's not a cartridge out there that the M6 won't be able to handle.

    In creating this beauty, Musical Fidelity's main motivation was to create a phono stage that 'got out of the way' of the music. It doesn't aim to add flavour, it aims to be true to the source. And it's achieved that aim and the music comes through in all its sweet sweet glory.

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    $2,650.00

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  • PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamplifier

    We are Vinyl lovers at Carlton Audio Visual. The people who work here love Vinyl and without exception have a record player at home...most have multiple! Our customers have also held the torch for vinyl through the long dark years of the nineties and early 2000s when most had forgotten about the joys of a Turntable, we had a dedicated and passionate team of clients and staff who loved their LPs. Since then Turntables have become trendy and people have rediscovered why they were loved for so long.

    And when customers are at a point in their journey where the lifelong admiration and obsession with vinyl and HiFi has taken hold, we recommend the Stellar Phono Stage. It will last a lifetime of cartridge upgrades and swaps. It will extract the most out of a $8499 cartridge (Van den Hul Crimson Stradivarius MC is a sensational pairing with this unit) as it will with a $500 Moving Magnet cartridge.

    You'll hear control, detail and presence; There's a spatial awareness in the sound and transparency that reveals itself when you plug this into any system. And it performs well above its pay grade. We really believe to better this you'll have to pay $17K for some Audio Research gear and hell...even then, I'd say some people will still prefer this phono stage for it's clarity in the mid range.

    The only thing that we find annoying about it...it requires a remote control to operate. You'll need that in the very first instance to turn its mute off in order to get any sound. And then of course all its plethora of settings that give it such versatility for all cartridges are adjusted on the remote. So don't...like us...loose the remote! *

    Also, you need to be patient with this machine and run it in. It really is night and day the difference that makes. We even have some Blue Horizon RIAA filters to use as burn in tools on new units so you don't have to put hours on your cartridge burning in the phono stage. We can do that in store for free, for you.

    See the PS Audio official site here

    Read Stereophile Review here

    And one from theaudiobeatnik here

    *Remote was found...and we now tape the remote to the unit :/ 

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  • Synthesis Roma 79DC All Valve MM-MC Phono Stage (Hand made in italy)

    The all important component of this of this line stage comprises of two ECC83/12AX7 and one ECC82/12AU7 are run by a multi stage fully regulated power supply.
    To back this up the design has an over size shielded power transformer for reduce the interference. An array high grade metalized polipropilene capacitors controlling the audio signal circuits. The MM input stage uses a low noise JFet with a separate regulated power supply with extensive filtering for reducing the interference and noise. Using an ECC82/12AU7 tube on the output stage, gives this unit a very low output impedance without losing signal.
    The Roma79DC has easily selectable capacitors (MM) and impedances (MC) for cartridges by a front mounted knob selector which is also shown on the front LCD display.

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    $4,399.00

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  • Chord Symphonic Moving Coil Phonostage

    Nestling in the Choral range, the Symphonic is our flagship MC phono stage, offering a range of advanced features over the entry-level Dual.  The high-performance Symphonic uses our latest high-frequency power supply technology to exploit vinyl’s full potential, along with many new key features, to bring the performance levels in line with the Choral range, home of the DAVE DAC/preamp.

    The Symphonic offers an almost infinite number of input impedance and gain options as well as balanced and unbalanced input options to the cartridge, making it a highly flexible device for integrating high-quality turntables into Chord systems. The comprehensive settings options are all externally selectable, with selections signified internally with illuminating LEDs.

    A rumble filter removes unwanted low-frequency rumble signals appearing on both channels. The Symphonic Phono stage conforms to the RIAA curve without the IEC roll-off when the Rumble filter is set to ‘off’ Preamps: CPA 2500, CPA 3000, CPA 5000, and CPA 8000. Preamps: CPA 2500, CPA 3000, CPA 5000, and CPA 8000.; this is commensurate with the high calibre of Chord amplification. The IEC curve response can be added by setting the Rumble filter to ‘on’. According to the wiring of the tone arm on the turntable used, the Symphonic can be operated in either an unbalanced or balanced mode.

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    $6,200.00

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  • Rega Aura Regas Ultimate MC Phonostage

    The reference Aura MC stage is the culmination of decades of electronic design development. We have created the ultimate, fully adjustable, three stage, all symmetrical pre-amplifier designed purely to extract the very best performance from your moving coil cartridge and vinyl playback system.

    Built into a completely re-designed custom case, the Aura is dedicated to moving coil cartridges and stays clear of any compromises. We have avoided including any superfluous functions as they obstruct the signal path and degrade the sound quality. The Aura phono pre-amp incorporates remarkable and innovative design ideas. If you are a vinyl connoisseur, then the Aura MC is an absolute must for demonstration.

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    $8,499.00

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  • Van Den Hul The Grail Phonograph Preamplifier....Now on Display

    Now available for Audition in our 164 Lygon street showroom

    With this product you will be the owner of one of the most innovative and advanced phonograph preamplifier's available at the moment.

    “The Grail” is a really dulcet phonograph preamplifier, specifically designed bearing ultimate performance and reliability in mind.

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    $11,490.00

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  • Audio Research PH9

    The PH9 phono preamplifier is a great pairing with most cartridge and turntable combinations.

    A trio of 6H30 vacuum tubes are at the core of a simple and clear signal path to provide the most transparent preamplification possible.

    Five different impedance settings allow for cartridge loading, which can be changed on the fly with the included metal remote. Cartridge impedance, tube hours, auto shutdown, and other features are included in the menu system.

    The PH9 forms an integral part of our reference system and sits alongside the Audio Research Ref 6 preamp and 160M Monoblocks that power the Sonus Faber Aida 2s.

    We currently run the exceptional Acoustic Signature Ascona Mk3 Turntable with this system.

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    $16,995.00

  • Van Den Hul The Grail SB Fully Balanced Coil Based RIAA Phonostage

    The van den Hul Grail phono stage is a product where everything has been put into the sonic performance - better instrument separation and better mid and high. The ‘normal’ Grail is single ended only, with RCA and XLR inputs and outputs. The van den Hul “The Grail SB” takes it to another level as one of the most innovative and advanced phono preamplifiers available. The most distinctive part of The Grail SB is the RIAA correction circuit that uses coils instead of resistors and capacitors

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    Regular Price: $21,990.00

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