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Phono amp to better Roksan Kandy??

I fancy a Cyrus 8 DAC to replace my Roksan Kandy LIII and Arcam rDAC, but the Cyrus doesn't have a built in phono stage. What dedicated phono amps should I audition to be at least as good or significantly better, if not too expensive, as the Roksan?

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You'll be hard pushed to better the Roksan built-in phono stage. They have a reputation of building excellent turntables, and this is demonstrated in their amps. Shame they didn't fit one to the Caspian...

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You'll be hard pushed to better the Roksan built-in phono stage.

OK, but I'll need one if I upgrade the amp, so what should I consider?

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You'll be hard pushed to better the Roksan built-in phono stage.

OK, but I'll need one if I upgrade the amp, so what should I consider?

Depends on your budget. The minimum for decent stage is http://www.richersounds.com/product/phono-pre-amps/cambridge-audio/651p/camb-651p, for a Cyrus. Or you could consider a Pro-ject phono box or this http://www.whathifi.com/review/heed-audio-questar-mm.

I've heard the Cambridge 640 which was good value for money.

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You don't say what your cartridge is but i am assuming its a moving magnet.

As the Plastic Penguin says you are going to have to pay some to beat the inbuilt stage in the Roksan.

It might be worth your while looking at this:-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tom-Evans-Microgroove-Phono-Stage-/190706124579?pt=Turntable_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2c66f88723

This will better the Cambridge suggested and is upgradeable to boot. 

 

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Thanks for the advice guys.

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Alears wrote:

You don't say what your cartridge is but i am assuming its a moving magnet.

Sorry, forgot to answer the cartridge question.  Yes, Moving Magnet; Goldring G1042.

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I fancy a Cyrus 8 DAC to replace my Roksan Kandy LIII and Arcam rDAC, but the Cyrus doesn't have a built in phono stage. What dedicated phono amps should I audition to be at least as good or significantly better, if not too expensive, as the Roksan?

I'd recommend a trichord dino - if you can get one second hand at a good price you can't go wrong. Also it will handle a MC cartridge when you feel like upgrading. I moved from my roksan kandy to trichord - night and day result Smile 
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I fancy a Cyrus 8 DAC to replace my Roksan Kandy LIII and Arcam rDAC, but the Cyrus doesn't have a built in phono stage. What dedicated phono amps should I audition to be at least as good or significantly better, if not too expensive, as the Roksan?

I'd recommend a trichord dino - if you can get one second hand at a good price you can't go wrong. Also it will handle a MC cartridge when you feel like upgrading. I moved from my roksan kandy to trichord - night and day result Smile 

Interesting.  What does your Dino feed?

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ifor wrote:

I fancy a Cyrus 8 DAC to replace my Roksan Kandy LIII and Arcam rDAC, but the Cyrus doesn't have a built in phono stage. What dedicated phono amps should I audition to be at least as good or significantly better, if not too expensive, as the Roksan?

I'd recommend a trichord dino - if you can get one second hand at a good price you can't go wrong. Also it will handle a MC cartridge when you feel like upgrading. I moved from my roksan kandy to trichord - night and day result Smile 

Interesting.  What does your Dino feed?

it's connected to a pro-ject experience 2 turntable with a Rondo Red MC. 
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I'll heartily second the vote for the Dino - I've tried a few phono amps over recent years, but love the Dino to bits.

In fact I've got two of them on the go at the minute - a Mk 1 and a Mk 2. If you go looking for a second hand one, I have to admit that I can't really tell the difference between the mk 1 and the mk 2 - but you'll likely save yourself a few quid on a mk1.

I've currently got two turntables on the go - but my favourite combination is my Systemdek with a Origin live modified RB250 and the Goldring 1042. I really don't know if its the Dino Mk1 or 2 I've got wired up currently (I tend to fiddle with my set up) but it sounds sweet.

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