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Top 5 preamps to buy

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Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic

This is an 8 channel preamp and interface. It is suitable for extending the input array of any studio and it is great for live. You get a combination of jack and XLR input connections. Two of the inputs are able to manage “high z” instruments as well, this will allow you to plug in instruments such as guitars, keyboards, and bass guitars.

For line outs, you also get 8 1/4inch jack outputs. You get 8 channels of AD/DA that can change up to 192khz. This ensures that any other interface is connectable through AD/DA. Some of the features include a compressor on each input which you are able to adjust right on the front of the preamp.

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Focusrite ISA One

This is a single channel transformer-based microphone preamp. If you have a look at the design it gets away with a vintage look and is pretty easy on the eyes.

In extension to switchable input impedance settings for the microphone preamp, the unit consists of a line input on XLR and TRS jack. An independent DI channel emphasis a dedicated gain control, active or inactive impedance switch a 1/4 inch TRS output for main line outs, and an independent XLR output on the back.

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Pro-Ject – Phono Box RS-MM/MC

This preamp blurs the lines between value for money. It features ultra-low noise and ultra-low distortion and is made for true audiophiles. The circuitry consists of a dual mono design.

You can use a fixed gain setting or shifting gain setting which can be set on the front panel. the infinite impedance control can be found on the front of the device and has a range of 10 – 1200ohms.

With all the features this device has, it has the ability to be adjusted to get a great performance from any phono cartridge.

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U-Turn Audio – Pluto Phono Preamp

This preamp combines high-quality components and good circuit design, and this, in turn, gives your turntable a serious boost. Its RIAA network features WIMA film capacitors and resistors for noise and distortion-free sound.

Its high-performance gain stage and sub-sonic filter minimize frequency noise. This will give you a bright, lively, and dynamic sound in the high frequencies, a smooth mid-range, and a nice full and heavy sound in the low frequencies.

It has RCA connections for both phone in and line outs along with a 9v power adapter.

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Denon PMA-60

This device highlights a class D amplifier section that incorporates signature technology to deliver a great sound with up to 25watts of power per channel at 8ohms. AL32 digital processing is used when it is connected to a PC or Mac to help you playback PCM audio files back at a staggering 384khz at 32bit.

This device enables you to input digital audio signals vie 2 optical ports and 1 coaxial port. It also has stereo RCA inputs which allow you to connect a phono device of your choosing. It also has Bluetooth connectivity and low latency.

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