Opions on the mac Preamp phono sections ?

What is the general opinion on Mac phono sections in their preamps ? My C712 pre is supposed to have a similar phono sections to many of the other Mac preamps. While it is MM only, I suppose I could use a HOMC also. Assuming I stick with a MM or HOMC, is there any advantage to buying a seperate Phono preamp. There would be quite a variety in the $500 used, such as the Monolithic phono preamp, Dynavector, etc...

I guess the main info needed is the opinions on the Mac Preamp phono sections. I really have nowhere to try any separate phono preamps, so before I buy something, I would like to get some opinions on the Mac.

Showing 1 response by aball

I have owned two C712s but never used their phono stages. However one of the guys I got one from did and he thought that for the money, it was quite good with strong bass, good coherence, and nice soundstaging - just like the line stage. Use it for a while and make your own decision.

Of course, if you spend more money on a separate one you can do better. But that is left up to you and your budget.