Small factor phono stage

I am putting together a small system for my second office.  Space is a bit of an issue.  Plan to listen to mainly vinyl ( no streaming ).

Looking for a small phono stage; one box ( ie no external power supply ), tube based preferably.  Price range 2-3 K.

Have an old Triode amplifier - to start with- but will likely upgrade down the road.


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Moon LP 110 v2. Unfortunately it's only $600 so it probably won't work for you

Is there a preference for which kind(s) of tube the stage uses? That would inform suggestions.

It’s not tube but the Nagra BPS is excellent and is very compact. I’ve not heard a phono stage reproduce instrument tone better than the BPS. 

Check out the Lejonklou Slipsik/Entity (mm/mc), very "tube like" sound, hard to beat for the price.

I don't know what look you are going for,  but the Tavish Designs Adiago is in your price range and a great phono stage. Good luck!


I am going to tell you. Unless you need a tube or tube hybrid I would go with Hegel V10. I have this and it does a great job. Even though it is small it has a linear power supply. The transformer is in the “wall wart” if you are ok with that you are good. There is a battery powered (rechargeable) phono stage that is under $1k. They are out of Skokie. IL. I bought my Hegel V10 at in Woodridge, IL. 

EAR or Hagerman.

I haven't heard but maybe Luxman or Zesto.  Also EAT Glo.

Tavish Adagio is really good too, but separate power supply.

+3 for EAR

I have been using an EAR 834p.  I love it for its amazing midrange and forward sound. Tube rolling made significant changes for me.  Compared to the other phono preamps I have from Pass, LAMM, and Hagerman, it holds its own merits.