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You must be problem prone!

The biggest issue I've had with high-gain active MC stages is getting startled by them picking up "two-way radio" communications.

If I ever experienced that (which I haven't) I would agree.

I've also had several experiences with MC cartridges "dropping a channel" using active MC stages

Once again, you seem to experience more unusual difficulties than most.

I guess the fundamental question is: why buy (and invest in the added expense of a) a preamp designed for high gain if you're not going to use it?

My SP20 is a two stage preamp which offers plenty of gain for my mid output MC cartridge. I find that to be the most elegant solution without any of the weirdness you voice nor the added expense and cabling.

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