I'm using the '8801 with an older (about late '80s vintage) Yamaha belt drive turntable with a just as old Signet MM cartridge, and the phono pre-amp section sound just fine.
I play vinyl a few times a month, and it sounds great, but I still prefer the convenience of CDs or FLAC files...don't have to 'flip 'em over' every six tracks!
Hey MN, yeah it's hard to deny the convenience of CD's and music on a server. I was just wondering if I needed a phono preamp or if the 8801 would be ok. Thanks