Review: Musical Surroundings Phonomena III

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One or Two Phono Preamplifiers?

The Musical Surroundings Phonomena III, priced at $1,200, is the latest in a series of well-received phono stages designed by Michael Yee in California. This phono preamp offers a versatile range of adjustments, making it adaptable to various vinyl setups. Its low noise floor and flexibility with resistive and capacitive loading, as well as gain settings, make it a standout choice for audiophiles looking to fine-tune their systems.

Read the full article on the Tracking Angle

Adding the Linear Power Supply

The inclusion of an optional Linear Power Supply ($1,000) takes the Phonomena III’s performance to another level. It enhances clarity, dynamics, and bass control, resulting in an even more refined listening experience.


The Phonomena III impresses with its ability to handle different genres, offering versatility and excellent harmonic expression. Its upgrade path, including the LPS and the possibility of dual mono operation, provides an appealing journey for enthusiasts seeking to enhance their vinyl setup.

The Hana Blue sounded wonderful running through the Phonomena III.


Whether priced at $1,200 or $2,200 with the LPS, the Phonomena III competes effectively in the sub $3,000 phono stage market. Its adaptability, sonic performance, and upgrade options make it a strong contender for vinyl enthusiasts looking for a high-quality phono preamplifier.

This review was condensed from Dean Cacioppo’s review the Phonomena III on the Tracking Angle

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