Free UK DeliveryFinance at checkout30 Day ReturnsWorldwide DeliveryAudio Affair Facebook

Winter Bargains

Phono Stages - Tom Evans

The output level from a turntable is lower than other "line level" music sources (e.g. hi-fi streamer, CD player), so to use a turntable, your hi-fi amplifier needs to have a "turntable" or "phono" input, which indicates it has a built in phono stage. However, these are generally built to cost (a tick on the features list) rather than being optimised for performance. As such, we recommend using a dedicated phono stage for the best sound quality. We are passionate about vinyl and analog, so if you need advice on matching a phono stage to your turntable and cartridge, please call or e-mail for advice.


For 30+ years, Tom Evans have created some super fine audio equipment of the highest quality. The natural consequence is that they have earned themselves a global reputation as pioneers in audio design. Their stellar reputation carries forward into their current range which are already known for exceptional sound quality and dynamism.

The Tom Evans Audio Design’s selection of phono stages, pre amplifiers, and power amplifiers are marked out as being elegant solutions to complex problems. Each of their products are individually designed, with no-compromises, with the aim to be the best sounding product it possibly can. While other products may diminish overall sound quality in order to include features which add convenience, Tom Evans is all about sound. It is for this reason that a Tom Evans product will almost certainly belittle anything at its price point.

Listen to a Tom Evans system, and you will know that there has never been a better time to be in possession of a large music collection, once you've experienced the audio synergy and perfection that Tom Evans strives for.

Some turntables feature an on board phono stage, which will allow for direct connection to an amplifier. Many amplifiers also include a “phono” amplifier internally, enabling a direct connection from a turntable. However, as mentioned, there is a wide range of separate standalone phono stages available, varying in price, size and quality to suit every taste and budget. Using a good quality separate unit can have a profound effect on the overall sound and tonality of your system, and can also be used to augment and adjust a system which is tonally too bright or too lacklustre. For example, a system which is too bright may benefit from a valve-based phono stage to remove some harshness and to offer more tonal warmth to your music. We appreciate that matching your kit can be a complicated and daunting process, so our knowledgeable team is always happy to offer recommendations or to arrange a demonstration.

The separation of components and units is a key technique in hi-fi. Power supplies are typically noisy and produce unwanted resonance, which can interfere with audio signals and the sound you achieve from your hi-fi. Separate pre and power amplifiers are preferable to integrated amplifiers, as the separation of power supplies for the pre and power circuitry prevents unwanted resonance effecting performance. This same logic applies to a standalone phono stage, and is perhaps even more significant due to the analogue nature of vinyl records, and the adverse effect that any unwanted resonance or vibrations can have on a cartridge’s ability to track and play back vinyl records. By housing the phono stage in a separate unit, the stage’s power supply is essentially isolated from the turntable, making it easier to prevent any undesired effects of resonance on you enjoying your record collection.

It is essential to match your phono stage to your phono cartridge, in order to ensure that they are compatible. Some Moving Coil (MC) cartridges are very low output, and so will need a correspondingly high output phono stage able to boost the signals to an audible level. There are also some High Output Moving Coil cartridges, whose output levels are closer to levels found in Moving Magnet cartridges, and higher than those typically found in standard Moving Coil cartridges. Some phono stages are suitable for use with these High Output cartridges, but not every type of Moving Coil cartridge. It is vital to check that your phono stage matches the power output of your cartridge, although if you have a Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge then there should be no issues with pairing.

Phono Stages - Tom Evans

Showing 5 of 5

Set Descending Direction

Grid List

All Products

Showing 5 of 5

Set Descending Direction

Grid List

 
 
 
 
 

Contact Details

UK Local Rate Number
0844 50 403 50

Sales Landline
0121 224 7300/7401

Customer Services Landline
0121 224 7350/7351

As Featured On

Featured In

Mobile Site

Copyright © Audio Affair (Alexander Michael LTD) 2006-2020. Vat No. 913183835. All rights reserved.