Eic, it really depends on the investment you've made (or plan to make) in a front end. Will your 'table/arm/pickup be a giant killer, or something musical yet modest? The phono stage in my Classe Model Thirty peamplifier is pretty good, very close in sound quality to my Lehmann Black Cube. Assuming your analog set up is sub-$1000 I'd go with the Classe phono section. Pretty hard to find a quality phono stage for $250, I'd buy the Classe and throw it in your preamp, you really don't have a lot to lose. If you have a $500+ budget for a phono section you'd likely be able to do better, but my hunch is the Classe phono stage will be more than adequate.
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