Hallo all! My name is Leopold, and I have been a lurker for years. I hope it is OK to take advantage of the knowledge and opinion pool here, without actually contributing. I have profited immensely from reading hours worth of posts here about the best way to connect my streamers, I thank you all for that.
Today, I am hoping to get recommendations for a phono stage to connect between my freshly revised and new-to-me Dual 704 (oh heresy) with a Dual (Ortofon) M20E cartridge and my good old UnitiQute. This is my office setup and the Qute currently plays into Q Acoustic 3020. Should I ever slow down on watch collecting—my current obsession—I will get Neat Iota Alphas.
Due to being manically focused on watches, I am not that au currant on good budget MM phono stages that will be a sensible match for my setup.
I am in Austria, and thus far I have found
iFi Zen Phono
Lehmann Black Cube Statement
Rega Fono MM
NAD PP2, (e), (i)
Pro-Ject (but which one? S? S2? SE?)
Cambridge Azur 551p, 651p, 640P-S
Musical Fidelity V90-LPS, X-LP, LX-LPS
Thorens MM 002
all of which I can get for around 80-200 euroquid on the second hand market here. I don’t want to spend more. I am genuinely uninterested in MC cartridges, so will not need that functionality. Of course any alternative suggestions are welcome!
I am looking forward to your answers.