The Gruvy Awards Phono Preamps
Phono Preamps $500-$2000
Audreal LP-2 (MM)
This $1295 vacuum tube base MM phono preamp was a quiet, smooth operator and exceedingly well-built with a particularly robust power supply. Mate it to a slightly aggressive high output MC cartridge and I bet they make beautiful music together, though even a warmish sounding MM cartridge sounded great.
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