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MC Phono Pre Amplifier suggestion needed

Nov 15, 2019
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After a deep research on the Internet, I still have no idea of which MC Phono can be the best for my situation. I am currently running a Linn Sondek LP 12 Majik, Changing to an Audio-Technica AT-ART7 MC Cartridge, using B&O Lab18 Sound Speakers. The Phono I am having is a non-brand DIY MM, 20 USD. I only listen to violin and piano music, or the two together. I believe that I need a much better MC Phono since the signal sounds too weak to me.

The AT-ART 7 MC Cartridge has a 0.12mV Output Voltage, 12 Ω Coil Impedance. I am wondering which MC Phono can be suitable for it regarding a 700-1200 USD budget. Thanks.
 

Al ears

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Could recommend a few if you were in UK but have no idea what you have access to wherever you are. It would also depend on whether you are ever likely to want to fit a Moving Magnet cartridge to your system.
That's one very low output cartridge you have so have a word with a local dealer would be my advice.
Where in the world are you?
 
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Paul Clarke

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As mentioned, that is a very low output. Could give Graham Slee a look. They have some fantastic phono stages in and around the top end your price range. I've used their products previously and have always been very pleased with the results.
 

Al ears

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As mentioned, that is a very low output. Could give Graham Slee a look. They have some fantastic phono stages in and around the top end your price range. I've used their products previously and have always been very pleased with the results.
Always assuming he can get them whenever in the world he is these are an option.
 

Paul Clarke

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Yes. Agreed. USD is mentioned as curency, but I'm not sure if GS are available for the US market. They are very helpful, so I guess a quick email to them would help.
 

Pueblo_Boy

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I was about to receive a Moon phono amp, but the lockdown stopped that from going ahead, so I bought a US made box instead - a Hagerman Bugle 3. It has had some rave reviews and appears to be great value for money, way cheaper than your budget. I've only just received mine, so can't make too much comment yet, but since you appear to be in America, maybe you should check it out and let us know?
 

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