This seems like a popular price range for a good phono preamp these days, the topic often comes up around here, so thought it may be fun to capture current thinking. Let's keep it to products that can be bought in new condition today for under $1000, though that upper limit isn't too firm for me, so use your own judgement. If you have a big favorite that may cost $1200, no biggie, go ahead. If looking to buy new right now in this budget range, I'd probably go with the Darlington Labs MP-7 and roll it with a good SUT in the $400 range, but paired with their new SU-7 would be a nice and flexible combo as well, albeit a bit over the $1000 budget. I'm partial to the zero loop feedback designs like the DL, and have also seen some good reviews for the Origin Live Discovery 1 phono stage. It sells for £990 direct + shipping for the UK, but just checked their site and delivered to the US is about $1158 (since VAT is removed). So could fit here with the previously stipulated limit extension. It's a MM/MC design with variable loading and gain in a compact package. Be interesting to hear from any users around here, if there are any, I think this new model is pretty new, just introduced last year. I'm also a big fan of the Phasemation EA-200, at least the design, I haven't heard it, but it's another compact MM/MC stage with built-in AC power supply. Hard to source in the US, and the price can get too high, but available from Japan for under $1000, and used on ebay and other places. It would require an inexpensive 100V transformer for the US, though. Was just checking their site and the EA-300 has now been updated to the EA-320, looks pretty nice, that would be a really good contender if the thread was under $2000.