Its just terminology, as far as I remember. RCAs at one point were often called phono jacks/plugs. Specialized cables that use DIN to RCA are sometimes called "phono" cables because many tonearms with changeable interconnects use a DIN at the tone arm end. Whether or not an IC is good for your tonearm-pre connection is a matter to do with system synergy, not terminology, as long as you can make the right connections.
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