I have a very modest turntable setup, and I got a Yamaha receiver a couple weeks back new for dirt cheap. I like it's features and sound with CDs, but the phono stage leaves much to be desired. When I did an A-B comparison between a CD and a clean copy of the same album on vinyl, I found the CD to be much more enjoyable - volume notwithstanding.
So I'm thinking of getting a turntable preamp for an AUX input to bypass the Yamaha's phono input.
- Amp: Yamaha R-S500
- Turntable: Pioneer PL-S50
- TT cartridge: Shure M97xE
- speakers: Advent Legacy III
Music listened to: Mostly early to mid 70s hard and prog rock, and some light rock, classic jazz, and blues.
Any suggestions for a phono preamp that's not overkill that would bring out the Shure cart better than the Yamaha?
A friend suggested a nice, low-end tube amp like the Bellari VP130
. I love the idea of adding a warm, vintage sound to this setup, but unfamiliar with tube setups. My fear is this preamp wouldn't drive the Yamaha enough and I would have to turn the main up beyond it's comfortable level to get good volume.
Another thought is the NAD PP2e
. Seems simple, has auto-shutoff, and has good reviews. Would this make more sense with the rest of the system?
Or would I really be best with a simple "Rolls" Bellari VP-29
or other Rega, Pro-Ject, or Music Hall box for around $100?
I would love to hear any thoughts or suggestions - thanks!