My tube phono preamp provides 52 db gain on the MC input.With the preamp switched on I do hear a very slight buzz/shhh when the volume on my main integrated amp is in its normal 9-10 pm position. I assume this is circuit noise or just tube noise. When music is playing this is lost in background but it does worry me since there is no complete silence on quiet passages. My shelter MC cartridge put out 0.5 mv. I am wondering if the gain of 52 db is enough since it means I cannot turn down the volume on the main amp to decrease the noise from the preamp. What to do since I like all my components.??
Lundahl makes MC transformers that are 1+1 ;; 8+8. Wired for a gain of 8 times that's a gain of 18dB for a total of 70dB or 4mV output with your Shelter cart. K&K Audio sells a kit with a case and PC board and RCA jacks for a reasonable price.