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HEOS is a thing with Denon and Marantz receivers. That is their wireless solution (amongst some other features). I can’t speak for it I just know it exists.
 

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The Sonos products had a firmware update about 2 years ago and can now create their mesh network wirelessly.
Aha, didn't know that. Shouldn't have any speed issues at the turntable so this may be viable.

How do your Ones sound -- do they have any balls?
 

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HEOS is a thing with Denon and Marantz receivers. That is their wireless solution (amongst some other features). I can’t speak for it I just know it exists.
Thanks, good to know. Wouldn't work with my current amp (which I should have specified is a NAD D3020v2) but good to learn of that system.
 

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Aha, didn't know that. Shouldn't have any speed issues at the turntable so this may be viable.

How do your Ones sound -- do they have any balls?
i use them solely for tv so they don't really need that as they are satellite rears. The playbase has enough bass for films in an apartment where I don’t want to piss off my neighbours! My suspicion would be no, there is not much to them. That said I am a devout anti-sub for music anyway and prefer my bass natural, if the recording booms it does, if it doesn’t it doesn’t...

What i will say is that I am a fan of testing things before I buy. Lots of dealers and electronics shops sell Sonos, go down to one and try out the 1, 3 and 5 and see if they do it for you.
 
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That said I a devout anti-sub for music anyway and prefer my bass natural, if the recording booms it does, if it doesn’t it doesn’t...
I'm with you on subs for music.

Any recs for phono stages with two outputs that would be a noticeable upgrade over the internal MM stage in my NAD amp?
 

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I'm with you on subs for music.

Any recs for phono stages with two outputs that would be a noticeable upgrade over the internal MM stage in my NAD amp?
Id say any good phono stage will be an upgrade on the one built into the NAD. If I remember right they are quite small little amps, not much space for a decent stage. As for one with two unbalanced outs I’m not sure. Mine has two outs but one is balanced so that’d be no good to you. @HiFi Guy any recommendation?
 

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At the risk of losing a possible sale, lol, I'll say this. The MoFi is rock solid, you wouldn't be disappointed at all.....but the Musical Fidelity is paring quite nicely with my NAD, I gotta be honest. So if you want to save $100 to put towards something else, the MoFi will fit the bill, otherwise go with the MF 🙂

I want to add this as well, and I had this conversation with @HiFi Guy last night, both units are great, I'm liking the sound signature from the MF a little more, but I'm one who likes a warmer sound.
 
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At the risk of losing a possible sale, lol, I'll say this. The MoFi is rock solid, you wouldn't be disappointed at all.....but the Musical Fidelity is paring quite nicely with my NAD, I gotta be honest. So if you want to save $100 to put towards something else, the MoFi will fit the bill, otherwise go with the MF 🙂

I want to add this as well, and I had this conversation with @HiFi Guy last night, both units are great, I'm liking the sound signature from the MF a little more, but I'm one who likes a warmer sound.
Those musical fidelity are great phono stages, I love mine and from what I’ve read that one is built using the same principles/designs but with features pulled out to reach the lower price point. I’ve been reading that swapping the wall wart for a linear on mine raises the performance again so I’m eying an SBooster which I shouldn’t buy, because budgets but...
 

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Those musical fidelity are great phono stages, I love mine and from what I’ve read that one is built using the same principles/designs but with features pulled out to reach the lower price point. I’ve been reading that swapping the wall wart for a linear on mine raises the performance again so I’m eying an SBooster which I shouldn’t buy, because budgets but...
I'm a fan :)

I just always want to be careful recommending things, because we all don't use the same "universal ears", price points aside, there is no denying what sounds great to one person, can sound awful to someone else. I have one little.........ok, big, problem, lol. I like hearing things for myself, reviews and opinions are fantastic, especially from someone you trust, but hearing is believing when it comes to audio gear.

I'm fortunate that @HiFi Guy seems to have the same taste in "sound signatures" as I do and I've also heard his system, so when he says "This would work nicely" I take note, lol. That $300-500 price point has some real hidden gems in my opinion, it's just a question of trying them........both of these particular opportunities are just great at the "offered" price point right now :)

.................the multi-pronged, USB wall wart did throw me off on the MF, lol.
 

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At 50% off? Yep. It’s the answer!

You can get Y cables. I can’t think of any quality phono stage with two pairs of outputs at this price range.
Appreciate the recommendations.

Newbie question but I’m assuming I’m Ok plugging in the RCAs from the outboard stage to the phono input on my amp with the built-in phono stage? Or do I need to go through a different input so they’re not daisy chained?
 

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Appreciate the recommendations.

Newbie question but I’m assuming I’m Ok plugging in the RCAs from the outboard stage to the phono input on my amp with the built-in phono stage? Or do I need to go through a different input so they’re not daisy chained?
That is the only one to not plug it into! Basically a tt puts out a low level output and the phono stage applies an amplification curve to the signal so it’s at a level for an amplifier to use. If you plug a phono stage into a phono input you are applying that twice and it will cause a horrible distorted sound. You plug it into any other RCA input on your amplifier.
 

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That is the only one to not plug it into! Basically a tt puts out a low level output and the phono stage applies an amplification curve to the signal so it’s at a level for an amplifier to use. If you plug a phono stage into a phono input you are applying that twice and it will cause a horrible distorted sound. You plug it into any other RCA input on your amplifier.
Ah yes, makes sense. Thanks.

Bummer that this won’t leave any spare inputs on my small amp.
 
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