Tag: Preamps

Purchasing Quality Preamps

Marantz 4240 AM/FM Stereo with Preamp

Many amplifiers and receivers (a receiver is an AM/FM tuner and amplifier built in the same piece of equipment) have phono preamps built into them.

Like all components of a stereo system there are significant variations in quality in the preamps, which has significant effects on the quality of the playback of your records.

Preamps can be purchased as a separate stand-alone component for as little as $20 or you can spend $3000 or more!  It should be obvious by now that a phono preamp is really, really important for proper playback of vinyl records.  So let’s discuss preamps for a while.