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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
Poor Quality, SPEND MORE MONEY!
Very poor quality phono stage -- please take this tiny bit of advice, SPEND MORE MONEY... -- I think I was sucked in by the many 5 stars reviews, but I'm now realizing that folks that are giving 5 star reviews to this product actually don't know what should be coming from there speakers... and anemic, noisy, low output signal is not what should be coming out of my speakers(Focal Solo 6s being driven by a Benchmark DAC) -- I guess because I don't listen to vinyl a lot I thought I could get by, but after a year it has become unbearable-- Behringer's reputation always proceeds it for producing cheap, not great sounding stuff... if you need to accomplish something with audio, not worried about the quality and don't have a big budget Behringer is the way to go -- so they get a lot of the YAY!! It works crowd... or maybe people that just don't know how their old records should sound? I don't know -- it's fine to be on a budget but if you're playing vinyl these days I suspect you might care a bit about how it sounds -- and if this is all you can afford today, save up for an upgrade because you're being cheated out of full enjoyment of your music--
I've added photos from every gain stage in my system, you can see the fader rest at zero at the input and output stages-- you can see the DAC is turned to full blast, I should be pinned against the wall -- but this setting rendered sound that was comfortable to listen to... the sound stage is narrow and the bass is poor -- there's also quite a bit of self noise coming from the preamp when nothing is playing -- SOOOOOOO....
I DO NOT RECOMMEND...this one is whikkity whikkity whack!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Quite simply an amazing little pre-amp at an amazing little price!
By Billy B
Quite simply, I am blown away.
I am an Audiophile. That's not an elitist word. Webster defines it as someone who is enthusiastic about high fidelity sound reproduction. That's me in a nutshell. I have a large collection of vintage gear including vintage turntables, and I have some newer gear that I lovingly care for and enjoy music on daily. Every single day. It's a big part of my life and it has been since I was a young teen.
I have a newer Surround AV Receiver by Sony. 100 watts per channel and it obviously does not have a PHONO input. I decided to try this Behringer pre-amp and take a chance on quality since the price was right. To be honest, I did not expect much. I'm used to listening to Vinyl on a late 70's era Yamaha or Pioneer with a high end Moving Coil Cartridge. But I had a Pioneer PL-600 sitting around with an entry level Audio Technika Cart on it and decided to hook it up to the Sony with the Behringer.
I was shocked. Absolutely no hum, no distortion, plenty of pre-amp volume to match the other components, and quite honestly, I was delighted. It actually sounds great. Now, I can enjoy some Vinyl on the Surround Receiver when I'm in the TV Room and not have to move into the Living Room or the Den to enjoy my Vinyl collection.
For the price, I'm floored. This is a quality little piece. Metal cabinet, well put together, and apparently well designed. The amber power light is not too bright and it stays on all the time as there is no ON/OFF switch. It's too bad my Sony AV Receiver does not have a switched AC outlet on the back like my Vintage Receivers do, because that would solve the power light issue. But it's not very bright and does not bother me. It is small enough to hide behind the Turntable or the Receiver, or you can display it. The device is 110 volt compatible with an external wall mount transformer that is included with the pre-amp.
It also has a 1/4" Standard Headphone Jack on the back panel where the RCA Jacks and Power/Ground is located. I would think this could come in handy if you are buying this to RIP your Vinyl to Digital Files. This way you could monitor via the headphone jack and port the RCA Jack output directly to your Computer's Sound Card Audio Input Jack.
Quite simply, this is an amazing little pre-amp at an amazing little price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. See all 464 customer reviews...
An absolutely essential upgrade if you need to improve your turntable's sound quality
I recently bought a Audio Technica AT-LP60 Turntable. It had numerous issues, but the worst was that it had a horrible throbbing static when you turned on it's built-in pre-amp, and there was no ground wire connection to try to reduce EMI (electro-magnetic interference). I purchased this re-amp to try to alleviate the problem having no idea whether it would actually help or not.
Thankfully, this small, simple item COMPLETELY eliminated the problem. The sound on the turntable went from static-filled and distorted to so clean you could mistake it for a music CD if not for the characteristic naturalness of the sound and the deep, smooth bass.
The device DOES have ground wire connection, but I found I didn't even need it as the EMI was completely gone without a trace. There appears to perhaps be a very slight cut-off of range, but it's so small you'd have to have incredibly sensitive ears to notice it. The device also does not amplify as loudly as the built-in pre-amp does, but my stereo receiver can easily compensate for this by increasing the volume a tad, with no noticeable loss of clarity.
There is no power button/switch on this unit, but it always is cool to the touch so I don't see any fire hazard. You will hear a large thumping cackle if you move the device, so turn off your receiver or at least turn it down before moving.
All that said, this is an absolutely essential purchase if your receiver does not have a Line In or if you don't have any means of amplification (or if your built-in amp on your turntable is junk like mine was).