More appropriate USB phono pre-amp recommendation for Rega RP1
On page 10 of the current - January 2012 - issue of WHF? (TDK ETVT 20102 USB turntable First Test) you recommend a Rega RP1 and Pro-ject Phono Box USB as a far better sounding alternative.
However, as the reviewer states, the Pro-ject Phono Box USB is £130.
Rega make their own Fono-Mini A2D (USB equipped) phono pre-amp for just £85. It would save a buyer £45 and is no slouch as a phono-preamp (I used the non-USB version with a Rega P2 and Ortofon 2M Blue into a Naim system and it sounded superb).
£45 is a lot of money when talking about a package to compete with the £299 TDK integrated USB deck. The Rega Fono-Mini A2D and RP1 package competes well at £310 (and can all be bought in the same shop), whereas a Rega RP1 + Pro-ject package would cost £355 and require the customer to find the items from two different dealers.
Why didn't the reviewer consider Rega's own USB phono pre-amp first?