Originally posted by fewtch To tell the truth, this new Denon turntable has better detail & less rumble than what it's replacing (Sony PS-J11)... but I think the Sony has the better built-in preamp (frequencies are more balanced, bass is better). Maybe I'll have to save up for a better preamp, but I don't know what I would get.
Originally posted by bryant I had never heard of that Techlink preamp, but I can't imagine it sounding that bad unless it isn't working right. Maybe you could ask them if it's supposed to suck... The NAD is generally considered to be a good little phono preamp, and it sells on eBay for under 0:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...item=1355128981
BTW, I have never actually seen a turntable with a built-in preamp (although I know they exist), but how can you use an external preamp with such a turntable? Does it have two sets of outputs?
Originally posted by 2Bdecided I wouldn't swear to the accuracy of this, but from your audio sample it's possible to make a rough frequency response measurement of both units. And looking at that, it seems that the HF RIAA equalisation is completely absent from the Techlink. In other words, they don't know how to design a phono pre-amp!
Originally posted by JonPike Well fewtch.. welcome to the "keeps huge amplifier just for tiny included preamp" club..;-)Actually I do use mine for amplfying and driving speakers now and then.. As for the hum.. if you're motivated, you might check your grounds (all those RCA plugs making good sheld connection?) or even the internal wiring layout.. possibly there is something too close to something else, and moving wires away from transformers or power leads might help.