Like headphone sections in most common products, the phono stages built into amplifiers are not usually of the highest standard. Then there are the amplifiers which have no phono stage at all! To get the best that vinyl has to offer you need everything to be up to par, including the phono stage. Lehmann's Black Cube looks minimalist, just a black box. But hiding inside are all sorts of goodies to help your record replay achieve star quality. This product has been in production, with modifications, for 20 years. It has been warmly recommended by everyone as a lively, truthful renderer of vinyl sound. Whether you have moving magnet (MM) or a moving coil (MC) pickup, the Black Cube's internal dip switches can be set to the correct gain for it.
There are several variants of the Black Cube available, but the pricing now starts at a lower level than you may have been used to seeing.