Try a DV P-75. Its much better than the one in the A5.
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I have the A5 int amp as well - but I don't hear the hum you are describing and I sometimes go higher than 10 o'clock.
The phono section of the A5 does an admirable job.
I once tried a Jolida external phono pre, but no matter what I set it to, could not get it to match the sq of the A5.
I'm sure there are other ext phono pres that would offer better sq, but you may want to solve the hum problem - which may not be the A5.
yesterday my buddy loaned me an '83 Audible Illusions Modulus MkII tube preamp/phono stage. while there was more 60 cycle hum and maybe a slight drop in detail, the improvement in dynamics, ceiling, soundstage, dimension, etc was staggering.
I realize i changed 2 variables (phono stage and preamp) but have to believe the phono stage was dramatically better, so i'm on the prowl for a reasonably priced phono tube stage and could use some input.
i'm currently targeting either the
Tube Box DS
or modding a Yaqin
I build Marshall plexis for fun so I'm tempted by the latter. something cool about having a hand in your tone.