Phono Preamplifiers MC

A phono preamplifier needs to amplify the tiny .2-7 millivolt* cartridge generated electrical signal up to the voltage level your preamplifier or integrated amplifier is expecting.  

An MC phono preamplifier is needed for Moving Coil type cartridges. If you are getting into very high performance MC cartridges with low output(.25-.35 mV) or Low-Medium outputs (.35-.7 mV) you need to have a phono stage that can amplify that low output signal without introducing distortion. If you have a high output MC cartridge like the 2 mV output Hana H Series Cartridges you can use one of the lower cost, generally sub-$1500 phono stages.