Cost of Turntable vs. cost of Phono Stage

Is there such a thing as keeping the costs relative to one another? I'm sure there will be some variance because not all equally priced Turntables are of same quality as each other and the same will go for comparatively priced Phono Stages, but generally speaking I'm curious about this. 

I just ordered an EAT C MAjor and I am looking for a comparatively equal quality Phono Stage. Thoughts?


Try EAT's own phono stage - i've heard great things about it. That aside think about the cartridges you have at your disposal when you get a phono stage and the kind of sound you want. In terms of budget I agree with the sentiment of several posters - don't think it must be XXX of your budget. In the high end world stages can and often are the same price as anything else in the chain. Keep an eye out for a dream component - i did with my favourite of 2 stages i have (Vendetta SCP2A) - if you buy second-hand send it to a tech to replace all the electrolytic capacitors - (I have the scars for not doing so)

I should have just said upgrade. I was thinking that I would probably change to different tubes so I said upgrades.


If you want a musical phono stage and ultra resolution ain't your goal consider an EAR 834P - they have a musicality and delivery that in many ways transcends price in many ways you avoid the box-swap game. Also Tron (convergent) is a really good sounding stage. Many good shops will lend you a phono stage - i did some reviews about 15 years ago in which I tested a load of similar priced phono stages - there was a great variety in terms of sound, build, and features. Goin on recommendations can take you only so far - for instance i could not love the Tom Evans Groove, Pathos, or Klimo Viv - i could hear what they did. Whereas i loved the Whest, Graham Slee and Paul Hynes - all for different reasons.