What is a good phono stage

I am getting back into records and am looking for a good phono stage. I have seen the commercial reviews for the Graham Era V and the EAR 834.

Has anyone had any experience with the Bryston BP1.5?

I have all Bryston electronics (SP1.7 processor and 3B SST amp), so I thought it would be a good choice. However, it is about twice the price.

Will this give me any better sound over the other two?
What do others recommend?


What's your current turntable and what's your pricerange?
Hi, Michael:

I replaced my Lehmann Black Cube SE phono preamp about 8 months ago with a Bryston BP-1.5, and frankly was quite startled at the improvement in performance with the Bryston. The most immediate difference I noted was in the transient response and dynamic range -- lots more "oomph", particularly in the lower frequency range -- and improved transparency. After more extended listening, I also realized that the soundstaging was wider, deeper, and more realistic than the Black Cube.

I have not heard the EAR 834, but I have listened to a friend's Graham Era V, and I think the Bryston is markedly better than the Graham. I bought my BP-1.5 from another A-goner for $1200. The question of value vs. cost always involves personal priorities, but I have been VERY pleased with the BP-1.5.

One other phono preamp in the same general price range that deserves consideration is the Sutherland/Acoustech PH-1P, which is sold by Acoustic Productions. At $1500 (retail), it compares very favorably with much more expensive phono preamps.

Best regards,

Scott C-
My turntable is a VPI HW-19 IV. My price range for a phono stage is under $2000. I am also looking at upgrading to a VPI TNT in the near future.

I have owned the Jolida 9A for about three months now and can highly recommend this excellent phono stage. BUT you have to change the tubes. I am running Tung-Sols now and the detail and extension are impressive.
Under $2000 you should consider Decware ZP 1.5 or 2.0, K&K, and my favorite, the Hagerman Trumpet. All are tubed and come with a 30 day trial period.