"Economical"is a relative term. You might want to suggest a budget.
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$350 or so will get you a Pro-ject Tube Box SE or II.
Yes i have one for sale at AA but there is another one there cheaper than mine :)
I liked the sound and swapping tubes gives you some change.
if you want to spend around that but want a much better phono stage get a Bottlehead Seduction kit with the CS4 upgrade. Pretty much just a MM stage but the sound is so sweet. Its clean and sweet.
I just got a Wright PP200c and it is even more tube sounding than the Seduction.
I haven't owned the WPP200C for two years or so, but I remember it had a very three-dimensional, organic sound. It's top end extension and bass control were not the most refined I had heard, but the Wright made music in a terrific manner.
If you use MC carts, and if you need some loading plugs, I have a few pairs that I would be willing to sell (24, 200 and 380 ohms). You would also need three way RCA adapters, which I have as well.
since it is a vinyl only rig, the ps audio gcph has gain cell volume control that can feed directly to your mono blocs. i have tried it that way and it does sound quite good, albeit somewhat analytical. but, alas, i have a very good tube pre that, when in the chain, adds warmth and body; i prefer using a good tube pre.
You confirm what i hear. I have bright 12ax7 tubes in the WPP200c and it helps but it definitely has a bloom in the midtones that is different very rich and organic. I like this the best with classical and the least with rock. It is an amazing sound and very different from the Seduction I have.
I wanted one of these and finally got one (one of the last one made)especially for the two pots so i can adjust balance for my room.