• April 20, 2024 at 1:17 pm #235721
    Marc Henshall
    Keymaster

    What’s your current phono preamp: let’s discuss what the best versions are currently on the market!

    April 20, 2024 at 2:33 pm #235736
    solarcoreg
    Participant

    I use the phono preamp in my Yamaha RX-A780 receiver. I tend to purchase things one time and use them for many years so if I upgrade to a separate preamp I will need to do a lot of research and it will be a somewhat stressful decision. Currently I’m thinking about the Mani 2 or the other one I read about on this site that is a good competition for it. I like the idea that the Mani is made here in the US but that’s not always a necessity. Just a nicety.

    April 20, 2024 at 3:32 pm #235747
    Marc Henshall
    Keymaster

    Cool. Yea, the Mani 2 is great. A little emphasized in the low frequencies and the upper mids, which can suit some cartridges well. The Spartan 15 is worth a look, too, at that price, plus the iFi Zen Phono. All were reviewed at Sound Matters previously. Thanks for your contribution.

    April 20, 2024 at 5:31 pm #235800
    UrBer
    Participant

    Pro-Ject, Tube Box DS3 B.

    Best regards.

    April 20, 2024 at 5:37 pm #235807
    solarcoreg
    Participant

    that one looks amazing but way too expensive for me.

    April 20, 2024 at 5:38 pm #235810
    solarcoreg
    Participant

    Thanks Marc. I’ll look into both.

    April 20, 2024 at 11:24 pm #235870
    KrazyKat
    Participant

    I use a Mani version 1. Is the upgrade to 2 worth it?
    I also have a Fosi Audio Tube MM

    April 22, 2024 at 10:18 am #236003
    Marc Henshall
    Keymaster

    @KRAZYKAT – I’ve reviewed the Mani 2. It has more control over loading than the original, though I think the circuit is more surface-mount technology than the Mani 1, which means it’s less repairable if it goes wrong. If you’re happy with the Mani 1, I’m not sure I can say it’s that much of an upgrade. I’d hold off and save for something that might be more of a leap for you.

    BTW: That Fosi pre is pretty amazing for such a cheap pre!

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