Agree with Lounge Audio MM, though it is sensitive to noise if you use cheaper built rca cables. I have had several phono amps in my system over the years in your price range and for MM, the lounge audio topped them all.
Living Room Turntable: Pro-ject RM5 SE Cartridge: Denon DL 301 Phono: XPS-1 Processor/Pre: Sherbourn PT-7030 Apple TV 4k Speakers: Emotiva Stealth 8's
5.3 Home Theater Speakers: DIY HTM-10's x3, Volt 6 LX's x2 Subs: DIY 15" Dayton Ultimax's x2, DIY SI18DS4 x1 Amps: Emotiva UPA-500, Chane 3600 Pro amp x2 Processor: Sherbourn PT-7030 Sources: Oppo 103, Apple TV 4k Projector: BenQ 2050, DIY 125" acoustic screen
Either XPS-1 on battery power or the Vision Q from Van Alstine Audio. Product of the year for 2016 and only $500. It'll beat the pants off lots of contenders, lots of settings for all sorts of cartridges too.
Analog: VPI Classic 1 TT with Sound Smith MIMC Star, Tubes4HiFi PH-16 Phono Preamp DIY Digital: MB Pro, Audirvana, Oppo 203, Holo Spring DAC, Singxer SU-1, Intona USB Isolator Preamp/Processor: Emotiva XMC-1 Amps: Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 (2), XPA-3 Gen 2 Speakers: Genesis 6.1's, Genesis Reference CC, Genesis Reference SR's, Genesis G928 subs x3 DIY audio rack, amp and CC stands PS Audio P5 AC Power Regenerator, PS Audio Ultimate Outlets Epson 8700
I compared it to my phono input in my Yamaha A-S2100., and to my ears the sound was much better with the XPS-,..I am shocked. I am using my project esprit TT
That's what I would have done if I still had any interest in using the XMC-1 to play records. My former AV processor was one of the few high end AV units that had a raised phono input stage. (Sunfire Theater Grand II.) I bought that in Jan. 2001 and didn't play a single record with it for 13 years. Before pulling it to make room for the XMC, I whipped my AR XA TURNTABLE out of mothballs for old times sake. I spent about 4 hours spinning old favorites from my 2 box collection, then put it to bed forever. When first I removed the dust cover to get ready, my trusty discwasher had fused itself to the turntable base and I couldn't move it. Those were the days.
Allison IC-20's Allison Al 115 Allison NL 1440 Velodyne HGS 18 Emotiva XMC-1 Sunfire Signature 5 channel Amp. 3D Samsung BD-F7500 3D SONY UHP H1 Samsung 8000 3D 55" Denon cassette deck and VCR from the stone age!