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Why You Need A Phono Pre-Amp

The technologies of audio – both old and new – can often trip up the average listener who just wants to plug their stuff in and listen to music. With the resurgence in interest in vinyl, some old-school technical problems that most people have never had to deal with are suddenly back to annoy us and get between us and our music.

There are two commonly asked questions when it comes to turntables: Do I need a phono pre-amp? and Why do I need a phono pre-amp? The answer to the former is yes and the answer to the latter is (as usual) complicated.

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Good info though the author should have mentioned that many commonly available entry-level turntables come equipped with internal phono amps and have analog RCA line-level or USB outputs. Generally speaking, I find these should be avoided as a higher percentage of the low overall cost has gone into that amp and/or connections only to be deprived of good platter materials, drive system, tonearm and cartridge.
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