The 9 Best Phono Preamps

Updated June 19, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

9 Best Phono Preamps
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We spent 20 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. With vinyl enjoying a resurgence in popularity, those of you with a significant collection may be looking to buy one of these phone preamps to boost your record player signal up to line level. We've included models suitable for moving magnet or magnetic coil cartridges and both, so even gigging DJs will find a good selection here. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best phono preamp on Amazon.

9. Behringer Microphono PP400

The added 1/4" TRS output on the Behringer Microphono PP400 lets users feed their signal out of the preamp and into an amplifier that might not have an RCA input. There's a little too much hum from both of the outputs, however.
  • bright power indicator
  • designed in germany
  • low resolution conversion
Brand Behringer
Model PP400
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

8. Tec 753LC

For listeners who run their turntables through a preamp and directly into powered speakers without a receiver, the Tec 753LC comes with an RCA/AUX channel and the necessary RCA-to-3.5 mm cable to connect other audio devices that already hit a tenable line.
  • switch-select input
  • 200pf phono input impedance
  • hiss at the highest levels
Brand TEC
Model 753LC
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. Phono Preamps TCC TC-750LC

Doing away with the majority of bells and whistles to bring an easy-to-use, inexpensive unit to the market, the Phono Preamps TCC TC-750LC simply has RCA ins and outs, a ground wire terminal, DC input, a gain knob, and a little red light to let you know it's on.
  • riaa curve graphic
  • available in black or silver
  • shoddy ac adapter
Brand Phono Preamps
Model TC-750LC BLACK
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Rega Fono Mini A2D

The Rega Fono Mini A2D can't provide enough of a boost to be compatible with magnetic coil cartridges, but for an MM-only preamp it delivers a good quality signal in an incredibly small package. It also has a USB out that allows you to backup your vinyl to computer files.
  • simple level dial
  • audio editing program included
  • too fragile for gigging djs
Brand REGA
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. Music Fidelity V90-LPS

Rather than offering a single switchable channel, the Music Fidelity V90-LPS provides you with distinct RCA inputs for signals from moving magnet or magnetic coil cartridges. That separation allows each channel to be optimized for the clearest audio relay.
  • bright green dedicated ground
  • transparent connections
  • lower top gain than other preamps
Brand Musical Fidelity
Model Musical Fidelity V90-LP
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Schiit Audio Mani

The Schiit Audio Mani combines precise 2% film capacitors and 0.5% thin-film resistors with a fully passive RIAA network to eliminate poles in its feedback loop and deliver gain stages with little to no noise in the signal.
  • mm and mc compatibility
  • made in the usa
  • no soft start feature
Brand Schiit
Model SCH-18
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Pro-Ject Audio Phono Box S

The four adjustable gain levels on the Pro-Ject Audio Phono Box S are located on the underside of the unit itself, which creates a sleeker, more minimalist outward design, but makes it more difficult to dial in your line if you put a record on with very different grooves.
  • impedance and capacitance switches
  • polypropylene capacitors
  • expensive for its quality
Brand Pro-Ject
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. ART Pro Audio DJPRE II

While the ART Pro Audio DJPRE II hovers between MM and MC cartridge support, it allows you to push the preamp in either direction with an input capacitance button set to either 100 or 200 picofarads. Combined with a -10 dB to 8 dB gain trim, you can dial in the line.
  • compact in design
  • included 12v dc adapter
  • led light for signal clipping
Brand ART
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

1. Emotiva XPS-1

Operating within +/-0.25 dB of the standard RIAA curve, the Emotiva XPS-1 brings your phono signal up to line with unparalleled clarity. It can switch between moving magnet and magnetic coil on the left and right channels, each of which offers four impedance selections.
  • gold-plated connectors
  • high signal to noise ratio
  • great analog sound
Brand Emotiva Audio
Model XPS-1
Weight 10.4 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

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Last updated on June 19, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.

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