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What is a Phono preamp?


What is a Phono preamp?

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The young people who have never used a turntable before expect that a turntable will just play, or at least simply connect to their existing stereo system or speakers. They may be not very clear if their turntables come with Phono Preamp or not.



They do not recognize the most critical points to any vinyl playback system - a phono preamp. The signal coming out of the cartridge on your turntable is around 1,000 times lower than the signal coming from a CD player or a streaming device. In order to hear music from vinyl through your speakers or stereo system, you first need to boost the signal. This is where a phono preamp comes in.


A phono preamplifier which is also called a phono stage is an audio component that amplifies the signal from your turntable to a level that allows you to connect it to your sound system the same way you would with any other audio source.


Another important job of a Phono preamp is to apply the RIAA equalization curve to the signal, reverting it back to the shape it was on the original recording, but if you’re just starting out, this may be a bit deeper than you need to go right now. The most important thing to know is that you will need a phono preamp in order to enjoy your vinyl records.


How to check if you already have a phono preamp or not?

Phono preamps come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. In fact, some are even built into components. While more serious audio enthusiast typical lean toward having a separate phono preamplifier, how much of a difference it makes will largely depend on the rest of your system.


Before you decide to browse through our curated selection of phono stages, make sure you don’t already have one! You can always come back and upgrade later to improve the sound.


First, let’s start with the obvious. If you have what looks to be a random box with one set of inputs, one set of outputs, a little ground screw, and it is labeled phono, you’re in luck! You have a phono stage.


The turntables with Phono preamps inside.

Some new turntables come with a phono preamp built-in. There is no real rhyme or reason to which tables have one built-in. We’ve seen very inexpensive suitcase turntables with built-in phono stages, but they’re also included in high-performance tables including the Shinola Runwell and the VPI Player.