If your stereo amp or record player doesn't have the wherewithal, or if you like to keep different processes as separate as possible, a phono stage (or phono preamp, if you prefer) is what you need...

...and these are the models that bear strongest consideration. They're the best you can buy across a range of prices, including bargain models and money-no-object amps for seriously high-end turntables.

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Money-no-object

Aesthetix Io Eclipse

Reviewed on 28th May 2012 at
£16,790

Obviously it's suitable only for the headiest systems, but those whose set-up demands the very best need look no further.

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