Need help finding a new phono stage.


I just purchased the Marantz tt-15s1.
It has a dynavector 10x5 installed on it.
I have a Cambridge audio cp1, and it sounds great. Which I'm not fully understanding because I thought that stage was for mm only? Can someone help explain this?
My amp is set 3/4 the way up for the volume level I like.. but even at full tilt it doesnt sound distorted or anything!
I guess my main question, and my next step is what is a good phono stage to upgrade to??
For now though I am happy. 
Thanks in advance.
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Which I'm not fully understanding because I thought that stage was for mm only? Can someone help explain this?
The 10x5 is a high output moving coil which works directly into a MM phono stage.
Would help to get an idea of your budget?
As there are literally thousands of options out there.
SS or tubes?
MM only or MM and MC?

With a bit more info I am sure we can come up with great ideas.
What noromance said. 
What noromance said. 
Hi I own the Parasound Halo JC3 Jr. I looked hard at the Gold Note PH10. I liked the variable EQ curves of the GN and its aesthetics more. I found the Halo to be the best of the dozen phono amps I tried at limiting rfi (we live near a tower) and in the real world is extremely quiet. 

In the end, I don’t have a ton of records using the older Decca curves, etc. so the advantage of rhe GN in that regard didn't matter to me. While specs are not everything, i find Halo’s to be very honest and kore granular. I have included rhe GN also. I don’t think you could go wrong with either. 


Parasound JC3 Jr specs:

Frequency Response: 
20-20Khz, +/- 0.2dB

Total Harmonic Distortion 
< 0.02% at 1 kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio, 40 dB Setting 
>85dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted 
>80dB, input shorted, unweighted

Signal to Noise Ratio, 50 dB Setting 
>89dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted 
>84dB, input shorted unweighted

Signal to Noise Ratio, 60 dB Setting 
> 94dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted 
> 91dB, input shorted, unweighted

Inter-channel Crosstalk 
>80 dB at 1 kHz

Input Impedance 
MM or MI: 47k Ω 
MC Variable: 50- 550 Ω

Output Impedance 
Unbalanced: < 100 Ω 
Balanced: < 100 Ω per leg

Input Capacitance 
150 pF

Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz, 4mV Input 
40 dB: 4 mV for 450mV output 
50 dB: 4 mV for 1.4 Volts output 
60 dB: 4 mV for 4.25 Volts output

Input Sensitivity at 1 kHz, 1V Output 
40 dB: 9 mV for 1.0 Volt output 
50 dB: 3 mV for 1.0 Volt output 
60 dB: 0.9 mV for 1.0 Volt output

Total Gain 
40 dB / 50 dB / 60 dB (unbalanced output) 
46 dB / 56 dB / 66 dB (balanced output)


Gold Note Ph 10 specs

Subsonic filter: 10Hz/36dB octave
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20KHz
[Enhanced 20Hz – 50KHz] @ +/- 0.3dB
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): <0.05% MAX
Signal to noise ratio: -89dB
Dynamic response: 105dB
Output impedance: 50Ω


AUDIO INPUTS

Input sensitivity: from 0.1mV MC to 7.0mV MM
Input impedance: 9 selectable options [10Ω, 22Ω, 47Ω, 100Ω, 220Ω, 470Ω, 1000Ω, 22KΩ, 47KΩ]
Input capacitance MM: 220pF
Gain: 65dB MC - 45dB MM with 4 options [-3dB, 0dB, +3dB, +6dB]




The goal of the Gold Note PH-10 is two independent phono stage in one box, each input can be set up for MM or MC with many load options and gain options. The most user friendly phono stage and fully adjustable.

The different curves is a bonus, personally i use RIAA, the benefit of the Gold Note is not curves, but a optional loading (imo).

I am a big fan of JLTi phono stage, the sound quality is amazing, the design is pretty simple, optional loading with RCA plug resistors. Great price in AUD ! With the right cartridge this phono stage can be better than Gold Note PH-10 ! 
ASR Basis Exclusive with battery power supply introduced new
models nearly each year. The consequence is that the ''older
models'' can be get for cheap. For those who live in Europe I
can recommend ''audio-markt.de'' site as ''place'' for search. 
second the gold note ph10. But if budget is smaller then id say the ifi Iphono 2 is killer, for the money, $500 phono stage.
Thanks for the replies.
I'd say budget is 500 to 750.
Just wasnt sure about mc or mm. High vs low output and all the technical stuff.
Would a different stage help with gain? Or volume. It just feels like I shouldnt have my amp turned up so high.
Absolutely it will.
A lot of even budget phono stages have gain options, have to if capable of mm and lomc operation really.

Course if you had a mm cart with 4 to 5mv output it would likely be fine.

An oldie but a goodie especially suited to your cart would be a Dynaudio P3.
Lots of option internally configured with easy to use jumpers.
The new mk4 is about 1k, but you can find the mk3 for $500 or less lightly used.
Highly recommended with your cart imho.
As long as it is driving the speakers to your satisfaction, there is no issue with turning it up so high. Remember, in most cases, a volume control reduces the volume by offering progressive resistance to the signal such that full volume is the actual gain of the amplification stage. So the less resistance used by the volume potentiometer, the better the sound.
You might be able to find a used Nova Phonomena within your budget. Excellent phono stage. If you prefer new, check out the Parks Puffin.
Used PH10 if you can find one....so versatile

I likely sold the cheapest ph10 few days ago and that was still above ops budget at $976 plus shipping.

Great phono though I have to agree but it was time for a change....
Really appreciate all the feedback. Thank you.
First real system and starting to truly shape up.
Every component has been purchased used but well taken care of and I've saved a ton from what I'm told.
Got the azure 740 a for $350
The cp1 for $100
The Tt-15s1 and dynavector 10x5 for $1400
Starter table was a new Rega Planar 1 with Nagaoka mp-110 I believe it's called.
All Canadian currency.
   three easy payments probably has the best advice. A high output MC and MM carts can be used with a phono stage with just a MM capable phono stage. If you want to go with a strictly standard (low output) MC cart be prepared to look at $$$ for one of those of quality.

   Turntable setups are one of the most challenging in the world of audio. Equipment and room have so much to do with sound quality that's it's impossible to follow suggestions from anyone. But, that's what these forums are for. To point out blaring "stay away froms" and intricate points based on personal opinions.

   If you have determined to use a particular cartridge, do some research on that. Don't rule out the used market either for a phono stage. I was able to obtain one. It is a Graham Slee at a reasonable price ($700). If you Google that you'll find gobs of info. Important about the Slee units is to use his dedicated power supply (PSUI).

   I'm sure others have suggestions based on there own experience. Good luck to you.

Schiit Mani $125! Would be a good match for your setup!
Try the Mobile Fidelity . I have one on loan at home waiting my costly pre to be fixed. Very very good. Timbrally well textured, balanced and dynamic. Music flows easily. It’s very surprising.
If you want a Schiit Mani I will give you mine for a song!
The HI-VI analog guy on YouTube (Ian) likes the Schiit better than the Mo-Fi. I believe he has a video where he compares them head on. Good stuff
I feel your content with your set up, and the costs attached with achieving the level of performance your receiving.
If you do get the itch to change Phonostage, have a look at the Mr Nixie DIGNA.
I am a owner, and this is one that thoroughly satisfies my requirement.
It has multiple user settings as well,  the options to make changes, when using a MC have a great effect on how a cartridge interfaces with a system and the SQ.
In your budget the Ifi Iphono2 is very flexible and sound quality punches way above its price point. I used one for a short time before i got the Gold Note PH10. its surprisingly good google it.  Mike Fremer analoge plannet gave it a very good review. does MM, MC and has multiple settings for almost any cart. even has different curves for older records. 
My local dealer recommended a musical fidelity v90-LPs.
Going to bring home to try it out. Only a cost of $100 dollars after trading in my CP1
I had Jasmine LP2.O for a year.  Read the reviews, but easily below $600 if you can find it. I really enjoyed the flexibility and musicality of thos.phono pre-amp. Phillip Holmes tweaks the $639 Jasmine LP2.0 SE phono preamp - Dagogo https://www.dagogo.com/phillip-holmes-tweaks-the-639-jasmine-lp2-0-se-phono-preamp/

PS I had this until I found something significantly more musical - the Manley Labs Chinook phono pre amp.
I use a Clearaudio Nano V2 with my Rega P3 and Dynavector 10x5. 46dB of gain and it sounds great. $450.00 https://clearaudio.de/en/products/electronics-nano_phono_v2.php
 
Dynavector p75; trichord Dino; Graham slee jazz. A better phono stage massively lifts ur system. Whilst ur current stage keeps you happy stick with it. Save up to 1000usd and u get a much better choice both new and second hand.