A phono stage (also known as a phono pre) provides the connection between the record player and an amplifier. When vinyl was the defacto standard for audio recording, the phono stage was typically built-in to receivers and amps, allowing direct connection of a turntable.  By separating the task to independent boxes borth performance & reliability increased - have a look through the options below you'll be surprised at how much better a Rega Phono stage would enhance all aspects of your vinyl playback.