Acoustic Sounds

Features: Phono Preamplifiers

December 28th, 2022

Hagerman Audio Labs "Archiver" Spins 78s Correctly EQ'd, But That's Just For Starters

Does it All—MM, MC, single-ended, balanced, +

By: Michael Fremer

Even if you don't collect 78rpm records and can't understand why anyone would want to listen to crackling, breakable 3 minute obsolete antiques, consider that streamers and CD fans think the same of people who collect vinyl records. Of course, we know better, and you can believe so do 78rpm collectors.Regardless of your enthusiasm or not for 78s you are sure to enjoy Amanda Petrusich's book "Do Not Sell At Any Price" subtitled "The Wild,... Read More

September 12th, 2022

5 Inexpensive Phono Preamplifiers We Like

Priced From $99 to $1500

By: Michael Fremer

Priced from $99 to $1500, these 5 phono preamplifiers offer fine build quality and sound to match. Equally important: they are from stable companies that will exist when in the future you might need customer support. Of course, there are many others worth noting but we want to avoid a laundry list here. Meanwhile, as in “Miracle on 34th Street”, where Macy’s Santa sent people to Gimbel’s, please visit my “former endeavor” and scroll through the phono preamp reviews.... Read More