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Hey all! I'm not the most up to date person when it comes to this audio tech, but if I need a pre amp for my phono will these headphone amps help me out with my stereo as well? My receiver doesn't have a pre amp built in it for the phono so I need somethin
Nope, a headphone amp won't help, because: 1) it's an amp, so it's designed to work on much larger signals than a pre-amp; and 2) phono pre-amps have a non-linear frequency response to reverse the frequency response of the record groove (known as "RIAA equalization") so there's more than just amplification needed.
Thank you kindly, if you have any suggestions for a phono preamp I would be very grateful. Frys and Best Buy were 0 help. I expected it from BB but not Frys
Heh, it's ancient technology, the kids at Fry's probably didn't know what you were talking about. I bought a cheap one on Amazon (ART DJPRE II) and it worked, but I wasn't very happy with the sound quality so I don't have enough experience to recommend anything. Prices go from $12 to the upper 4-figures, and then there's kits. Or just find an old stereo receiver with phono input someone doesn't want anymore and run your turntable through that to get started.
Turntable & vinyl is far from ancient tech, more like a upscale audio niche these days. Don't know anything about turntable tech anymore, but I think this might be a good place to start some preamp research. http://store.acousticsounds.com/c/67/Phono_Pre_Amps