Has anyone else used a different phono amp with the 225? Am I crazy? It seems a bit redundant to use an external phonoamp - especially a fairly pricey one - when my integrated has a "built in" phono stage already, but it just seems to really make a difference.
Well not with a Anthem 225 but with another quality integrated with a good MM/MC built-in phono stage. I have a Moon 110LP and wouldn't dream of using any other phono stage. It blows away the built-in MM/MC phono stage in my Marantz Reference PM15S2 LE.
I also use the LOMC capability the Moon 110LP offers and at 60db of gain, its as quiet as a graveyard. With this kind of totally black background, the details of the music really start to flow. So don't worry about how good or bad the Anthems phono stage is. Or if its redundant. Just be glad you have a Moon 110LP that is so much better.
Thanks guys. I appreciate the responses. Although this amp was good out of the box I knew there was something missing. I’ve done a few more records now back to back with the Moon and the built in phono. It really is apples to oranges. I’m so glad I didn’t get rid of the 110LP. I suppose I was just very surprised there could be this much improvement. I'm still relatively green when it comes to the amp game.
In the meantime I did come across a review that was diplomatically critical of the 225’s phone stage - basically nailing to a T its deficits. It really is an outstanding amp for the price outside of this problem.