I am looking to add a phono stage so I can get my vinyl out again. Im going secondhand and can get a NAD for around £40 or the Cambridge Audio for £55-60. What would be the way to go?
a new rega fono mini is a better bet
Is this far better than the other 2? Not quite as nice looking. Unfortunately this is a consideration!
its much better than the pp1 which sounds a bit closed in havent heard the ca but the rega is a lot cheaper
Cheers. Ill have a look at the Rega aswell!
Im still on the hunt for a phono stage. Ive got a choice of second hand Cambridge Audio 640P, brand new NAD PP2 or a Rotel RQ-970BX which although old is brand new never been taken out of the box. I cant demo any of these and I cant make my mind up. All are going for £60.
Please help because its driving me nuts!
I currently use the Cambridge 540p which is excellent, very rhythmic and musical sounding, it replaced the Rotel model you quote as the Rotel died, both were good, but I enjoy the Cambridge more, it feels more musical?
Whilst I haven't heard the current NAD, I have used the previous model alongside the Rotel on a trial and the NAD didn't impress, sounding boxed in.
Rega P3-24, Ortofon 2M Blue, Isokinetik Sub Platter, Rega TT-PSU, Original Rega Tungsten balance weight. Graham Slee Era V Gold with upgraded PSU.
Marantz CD6005, Audiolab 8000Q pre amp, 2 x Rotel 971B Power Amps bridged mono blocs, Sony 520 Mini Disk.
Pro ac Tablette 2000 on Partington Super Dreadnaught stands.
Various Chord Cobra, Silver High Breed Interconnects, Chord Odyssey speaker cables.
Spotify through Asus TF101 bluetooth connection to August MR220W Bluetooth audio receiver
I got a Cambridge 540P for Christmas and I'm very pleased with it. Its an excellent phono stage - actually better than my old Graham Slee Gram Amp 1 (which stopped working). I totally concur with gwynne61's description.
Sources: Rega RP3/Elys 2 - Roksan Kandy K2 CDS Phono Stage Cambridge Audio 540P
Amplification: Exposure 1010
Speakers: Dynaudio DM2/6
Listening to MUSIC!
© 2014 Haymarket Publishing