Small form factor, SS phono preamp recommendation.


Hello all.... I've been using the very capable iFi Zen Phono as a place-holder for quite some time now. Using it's balanced output and upgraded power-supply I think it's a fantastic little unit. My 'table is a Luxman PD171A with a Jelco 850 10" arm and right now it's mounted with my Hana Umami Red. I also have an Accuphase E-5000 and will soon be taking delivery of a pair of Borresen Z5 Cryos. With my cabinet (which my wife calls "the Ark of the Covenant"), and the overall aesthetics of the room, I'm looking for a small, solid state, very high performing phono preamp. Since I just spent crazy money on the Accuphase and Borresens my budget is limited to $3,000 or so. I've been considering a Nova III with the upgraded power supply, a graham Slee Accession with upgraded power supply, an Accuphase AD-40 phono card, or a Whest. What am I missing? I'm to the point that I want to settle into years of stability with my stereo, and just enjoy mining my record collection and the many great record stores in Chicagoland. Thank you for reading,

~Oran

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How about the Gold Note PH-10? It's very versatile can accept 2 arms either MM or MC and sounds fantastic IMO. Just a thought.

Even as a phono guy, I’d be more than tempted to go the AD-50 Analog Record Input Board route. 1st - it’s Accuphase, 2nd - you could utilize full functionality of your E-5000, 3rd - it eliminates a set of cables & 4th - it so simple and elegant