Originally Posted by m. zillch
Control amp and preamp are synonymous. Both take line level inputs and boost them (or sometimes reduce them) before the signal travels to the main amp or "power amp". Phono preamps are sometimes built in to control amps and boost the very low signal of cartridges up to normal line level.
Also, a dedicated Phono stage is more complex made to accommodate cartridges as opposed to a cheaply made phono input of some receivers, integrated amps or other audio gear. Some preamps even have separate volume controls, one for the left channel and one for the right channel to even the signal coming from the recording. I had the Audible Illuisions M3A tube preamp for many years, excellent preamp, the best in the world for it's phono stage.
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Last edited by isai95; 01-02-2020 at 12:21 AM.