I went and got my records from my dad's house. I'd like to be able to listen to them. When I got the bug in my head to do that, I bought a random preamp off amazon based on reviews. Well...apparently the amazon reviewers don't have a clue how things are supposed to sound. I'd probably be okay with it if I listened to music I didn't know well, but...it sucks. A lot. Among other things, the high's are rolled off more than they should be, it's hot as hell (even with the gains turned all the way down, it's clipping inputs on some records), everything sounds "warm" to the point of being muddy (super loud low-mids), bass extension sucks...it sounds like it's putting a frown EQ on everything. And there are literally no adjustments. The cartridge I'm using isn't particularly nice, and it is fairly hot. But, it's not this bad. I'm used to the sound of records (with these cartridges, turntables, speakers, and room) through my Rane DJ Mixer, but I don't want to DJ with them anymore, and I don't want to set up all that stuff just to listen to records. I just want to listen and maybe digitize some of my dance records that I don't have digitally. I also destroyed one of my styli by fumbling with it...man, I'd forgotten how much of a PITA records are. Anyway...anyone have any recommendations in the $35-50 price range...I'm looking for something that's as close to dead-flat as possible in the price range, maybe with a gain control. I'm not opposed to digital or class-D hardware (at all), but I'd have to look into how that will change the rest of the setup.