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Time to upgrade Phono?

As it stands today, my setup is:
Integrated Amp: Cayin A-88T
Speaks: Usher CP-6311; REL Stadium III
Vinyl: JA Mitchell Tecnodec/Bellari VP-530/Dynavector 20X2

I have a nagging suspicion that the weak link presently is the phono preamp. I wonder if my sound would get a bit more POW with a juicier phono stage.

I started looking into DACs (I HATE that, btw... dealing with audio formats, DRM and the like is partially responsible for my love of records) and I noticed some had built in phono stages as well. This could be a method of justifying the purchase to wife, who wants to watch movies on some apple trash that only has a digital output, which my amp does not understand.

Or, then again, I can just do whatever I want and get a sweet phono amp and buy her some records and call it a day. Any suggestions for beefy-sounding phono stages? Preference given to tubes, because mmmm... tubes.

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Topic - Time to upgrade Phono? - Slippery Slope 13:22:27 04/10/17 (16)


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