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    budget turntable/phono stage

    I am a turntable newbie, but would like to add one to my system. Any suggestions for a budget turntable? Also, what is the function of a phono stage, and do I need/should I get one for my Cambridge 640A? Thanks for all ideas

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    Some budget turntable options:

    http://www.needledoctor.com/Rega-P1-...=2&category=46

    http://www.needledoctor.com/Pro-Ject...=2&category=46

    http://www.needledoctor.com/Music-Ha...2&category=351


    Some budget phono preamp options:

    http://www.needledoctor.com/Bellari-...2&category=401

    http://www.needledoctor.com/Pro-Ject...2&category=401

    http://www.needledoctor.com/Rega-Fon...2&category=401


    Unless your 640A has the optional phono stage, you'll need the phono preamp to get the turntable's signal up to the level your integrated amp can use.

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    Cambridge Audio also make a couple of phono preamps, the 540p and 640p. I have a 640p connecting a Rega Planar turntable to a Musical Fidelity amplifier. Seems quite good, but I'm not sure how well it compares to other brands.

    links on this page:-
    http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products.php#phono
    All we are saying, is give peas a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emesbee
    Cambridge Audio also make a couple of phono preamps, the 540p and 640p. I have a 640p connecting a Rega Planar turntable to a Musical Fidelity amplifier. Seems quite good, but I'm not sure how well it compares to other brands.

    links on this page:-
    http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products.php#phono



    I also own the Cambridge Audio 640P and it is good for the money. The 640P was very quiet with my low output moving coil. I also owned the 640A and you will need a phono preamp.
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