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Hi everyone, new to this forum, but I am also new to Klipsch so I guess it makes sense. I did a lot of research on a good bookshelf speaker for upgrading my record player setup (within my price range) and settled on the Klipsch R-15M.  My current setup is a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, into a Pro-Ject Phono Box MM, and as of now into a kind of crappy sound bar - so clearly pretty excited for these new speakers. I thought I was fine without any sort of power amp, but after revisiting I am not so sure. So, I was hoping you guys could clear up for me if I need any additional hardware to translate a 12 inch piece of black plastic into beautiful sound. 


Here are the components of my set up:


Record Player: https://www.crutchfield.com/S-p1Fg9GSeAZ2/p_252DBCDCGR/Pro-Ject-Debut-Carbon-DC-Gloss-Red.html


Pre-Amp: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_252PBMMB/Pro-Ject-Phono-Box-MM.html?tp=204&awkw=75621861865&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr=47439160225&awdv=c&awug=9010962&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6IP_ht_s2gIVBBgMCh0NBQPFEAQYAyABEgInzvD_BwE


Future Speakers: https://www.crutchfield.com/S-mkYWglngIs7/p_714R15M/Klipsch-Reference-R-15M.html


If I do need an amp to maximize this setup, I would love recommendations! Not too pricey though, I am definitely on a budget :)


Thank you so much!!!

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Hi Musicdude, welcome to the forum! You have a good system picked out so far. Here are some suggestions:


The pre-amp you have is only to bring the phono-level up to a line level signal so you still need a standalone amp.  So your chain will be:


Cartridge --> Phono amp--> Power Amp --> Speakers


Here is a good little Class D desktop amp for about $80 that would look nice sitting next to your turntable (it is out of stock but will be in next week):



Those R-15M speakers are rear ported so make sure they are at least 12'' from the back wall to maximize bass response. They wont dig deep but will have a snappy bass to them based on the reviews I have seen. If you want to add a sub, there are plenty of options as well.

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Yes, you need more.

Cartridge --> Phono pre-amp-->Receiver, or Integrated amp or Pre-amp and Power Amp --> Speakers

Many Receivers, Integrated Amps and pre-amps have a phono pre-amp built in, so you may not need the outboard phono pre-amp.  Receivers traditionally have an AM/FM section where the others don't. 


This should be a good integrated amp:


Shop around, Crutchfield is expensive. 


Pick a quality Receiver, or Integrated amp or Pre-amp and Power Amp with 25 to 100 watts/channel into 8 ohms with z% Total Harmonic Distortion from 20 to 20,000 Hz, both channels driven.  This is the old FTC rating system.  Other ratings are intended to fool you.  An amplifier section rated at 8 ohms can safely drive any load from 4 ohms to 50 or so, should a speaker ever be built that way.  Some will drive 2 ohms safely.  Don't worry about impedance ratings or "matching".  Most any amp you can find today is flexible enough and protected enough you won't hurt it. 

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