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My current setup for vinyl is:
Project Debut III -> Art DJ Pre II -> Yamaha V673 -> DefTech Inwalls + ML Dynamo Sub

The problem I'm running into is that the Yamaha doesn't allow for discrete speaker level or EQ settings for each individual input. This is not a problem for my digital sources, which all sound good at the levels I've set, but I've found that the phono preamp is very light on bass relative to my digital sources. The result is that I need to manually turn up the sub a few ticks (which is across the room) when I'm spinning records, and then remember to turn it back down when I switch back to digital sources.

Is there a phono preamp out there with manual EQ settings, or even just a pair of treble/bass dials?

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First off, are you sure you don't just need to goose the volume a bit? There are phono preamps with volume controls, and some phono preamps might produce higher output levels than yours.

A phono preamp with tone controls is a preamp. You might look for a used integrated amp with pre-outs. Older NAD integrateds had well-regarded phono stages.

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First off, are you sure you don't just need to goose the volume a bit? There are phono preamps with volume controls, and some phono preamps might produce higher output levels than yours.

The total output level is fine - the preamp I have has a gain control, so matching the volume level to the other components is no problem. Once the levels are matched, though, the bass from the phono is significantly thinner and weaker than the same bass from my digital sources. If I goose the sub, the phono output sounds more natural, but half the time I forget to lower it back, and I'm greeted with thumping bass when I play anything else smile.gif Honestly, something as crude as a "bass boost" button would probably do it, although I'd obviously prefer at least a pair of bass/treble dials.
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A phono preamp with tone controls is a preamp. You might look for a used integrated amp with pre-outs. Older NAD integrateds had well-regarded phono stages.

I would love one, but unfortunately, no room in my budget (or my cabinet) for a full size preamp. Thanks though!

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My current setup for vinyl is:
Project Debut III -> Art DJ Pre II -> Yamaha V673 -> DefTech Inwalls + ML Dynamo Sub

The problem I'm running into is that the Yamaha doesn't allow for discrete speaker level or EQ settings for each individual input. This is not a problem for my digital sources, which all sound good at the levels I've set, but I've found that the phono preamp is very light on bass relative to my digital sources. The result is that I need to manually turn up the sub a few ticks (which is across the room) when I'm spinning records, and then remember to turn it back down when I switch back to digital sources.

Is there a phono preamp out there with manual EQ settings, or even just a pair of treble/bass dials?

An alternative approach would be to simply put an Eq between the Art Preamp output and the Yamaha AVR line input.

Candidate eq:

http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/FBQ800.aspx]



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An alternative approach would be to simply put an Eq between the Art Preamp output and the Yamaha AVR line input.
Candidate eq:
http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/FBQ800.aspx]


Thanks Arny, I think that's exactly what I'm looking for. Not pricey, either.

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