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Phono preamplifiers

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Rothwell Audio Rialto (£380)

Rothwell Audio Rialto (£380)

If you want a simple phono stage that sounds natural, smooth and musical, then the Rialto is an obvious choice

Audio Research LP1 (£1990)

Audio Research LP1 (£1990)

The affordable LP1 renders music in a highly believable, natural way

Canor TP306 VR+ (£2750)

Canor TP306 VR+ (£2750)

The Canor TP306 VR+ can make most solid-state phono amps sound a little cool and almost impersonal

Tron Seven Phono GT (£9950)

Tron Seven Phono GT (£9950)

The Tron Seven combines superb design, magnificent build quality and high quality components

Aurorasound VIDA (£2700)

Aurorasound VIDA (£2700)

This Japanese slice of analogue exotica is artfully engineered to give an incisive and detailed sound

Clearaudio Nano Phono (£255+)

Clearaudio Nano Phono (£255+)

This dimunitive design produces a very pleasing sonic performance

Lehmann Statement (£350)

Lehmann Statement (£350)

A product with performance that is hard to beat at the price

Primare R32 (£850)

Primare R32 (£850)

The full sized casework is matched by the large and lively sound

Astin Trew AT8000 (£880)

Astin Trew AT8000 (£880)

Some clever ideas but a little too laid back sonically

Musical Fidelity M1 ViNL (£700)

Musical Fidelity M1 ViNL (£700)

An immensely flexible design but somewhat sterile in use

Creek Wyndsor (£1500)

Creek Wyndsor (£1500)

An ultra- sophisticated interface is paired with strong sonics to good effect

Esoteric E-03 (£4795)

Esoteric E-03 (£4795)

Though celebrated for digital products, Esoteric cares more about analogue than you'd expect - the company's E-03 phono stage joins the ranks of the greats

Aesthetix Io Eclipse (£16,700)

Aesthetix Io Eclipse (£16,700)

A no-compromise design for those seeking the ultimate in vinyl replay

Trilogy 907 (£1795)

Trilogy 907 (£1795)

Matching clever technology with exacting build, the Trilogy is an engaging performer.

Air Tight ATH-2A, ATE-2005 (£2695/£5495)

Air Tight ATH-2A, ATE-2005 (£2695/£5495)

Active/passive - not behavioural therapy, but two of Air Tight's options for cartridge amplification: the ATH-2A step-up transformer and ATE-2005 phono equaliser

Avid Pulsare Phono (£3000)

Avid Pulsare Phono (£3000)

With a string of top flight turntables to its name, maybe it was only a matter of time before Avid branched into electronics, and this new phono stage sets a high standard

Icon Audio PS3 (£1699)

Icon Audio PS3 (£1699)

This striking, two-box phono stage truly punches hard for the money... certainly one for the wishlist, especially with upmarket MCs

Lehmann Black Cube Decade (£1350)

Lehmann Black Cube Decade (£1350)

Combining excellent build with sensible features this phono stage majors on precision, detail retrieval and a perfect balance in terms of frequency response

RCM Sensor Prelude (£1695)

RCM Sensor Prelude (£1695)

SME's Polish distributor is not only a big vinyl fan but the also the chief architect behind RCM Audio and its remarkably flexible MM/MC phono preamplifier

Audia Flight Phono (£3500)

Audia Flight Phono (£3500)

Designed to be a no-compromise 'statement' phono stage for high-end vinyl replay, the Flight Phono from Italy's Audia brand sounds every bit as good as it looks

Top 5 Phono preamplifiers

Edwards Audio MC1 (£250)

New phono stage heralds a 'budget' range of products from the stable of Talk Electronics

Aesthetix Io Eclipse (£16,700)

A no-compromise design for those seeking the ultimate in vinyl replay

Air Tight ATH-2A, ATE-2005 (£2695/£5495)

Active/passive - not behavioural therapy, but two of Air Tight's options for cartridge amplification: the ATH-2A step-up transformer and ATE-2005 phono equaliser

Clearaudio Nano Phono (£255+)

This dimunitive design produces a very pleasing sonic performance

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