For MC cartridges, I would agree with you that one would need a phono preamp, especially to match the impedance of the cartridge. I wont go down that road of MC cartridges as its too much trouble for not very much return. My setup is very revealing and unlike a tuner working on cars, I'm very happy with stock. I rather get lost in the music than losing myself in the equipment like a lot audiophiles do. :)\n\nAgreed. Though I miss my Dynavector 10x2 on my old Thoren's TT back in the mid late 80s I will probably never go to an MC on my Rega planar 3. I'm happy with the MM carts with replicable styli. Been mostly listening to a WIIM Pro Plus streamer these days anyway.