phono preamp to power amp

It is probably a dumb question, but I am ignorant, why should I pretend.  :)

Long story short, I gave away my integrated and bought a power amp. I am planning to buy a second one and use them as monos. For now (and then) can I plug my phono preamp to the power amp? Or I need a preamp? I googled and the answer was mostly "it depends"


You should be able to use the Denon Reciever as a preamp only. If there is a preamp out (or line out) of the Denon… then you plug the phono stage into the Denon and the preamp out from the Denon into the amp.


We all started with modest systems at one time… well, at least most of us.

When I first heard of Schiit I was dead set against even considering any of their equipment. But a few years ago I was helping a friend put together a modest system and was unable to avoid the name. They have made a real mark by making budget gear with very high performance for the money. I ended up with a couple pieces and my friend ended up with a Yggdrasil DAC… very excellent performance for the money. 


@yogiboy I have seen Bellari and wondered about it. I also see Lounge Audio LCR MKIII for under $150.

@ghdprentice yes my Denon premamp has preout - that why I bought it.

I did have a modest mid-fi system, maybe hifi to some extent, but I gave it all to my kids. Way more important that they enjoy it than my selfish needs.

So now I am back to buying and trading 90s consumer level stuff, hoping to make a few hundred bucks than will let me play some vinyls.

At the end I could have 2 bridged power amps, the Denon as a preamp, a phono stage into the Denon and I’d be all set!

And to come full circle, that's my question: better to use a mediocre preamp between power amp and phono stage or OK to go from phono stage to power amp?

  1. Turntable with Integrated Phono Preamp: If your turntable has an integrated phono preamp, you can connect it directly to a power amplifier. In this case, the phono preamp in the turntable acts as the preamplifier.

  2. Turntable without Integrated Phono Preamp: If your turntable doesn't have a built-in phono preamp, you'll need a separate phono preamp. You can connect the turntable to the phono preamp, and then connect the phono preamp to the power amplifier.

  3. Using a Receiver as a Preamplifier: If you have an AV receiver, it likely has a built-in preamp. You can connect your turntable to the phono input on the receiver, and then use the pre-out or line-out connections on the receiver to connect to your power amplifier.

  4. Using a Dedicated Preamplifier: Alternatively, you can use a standalone preamplifier between your turntable and power amplifier. This gives you more control over your audio setup, and some audiophiles prefer this approach for better sound quality and flexibility.

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