Phono Preamplifiers

PhotoModelFeaturesPrice
Audio-Technica AT-PEQ3 Phono EqualizerAudio-Technica AT-PEQ3 Phono Equalizer (Japanese Import)- Rated input @1kHz: 2.5 mV
- Rated output @1kHz: 150 mV
- Maximum allowable input: 60 Mv
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- S/N ratio: 80 dB
- Input impedance: 47 kOhms
- Power : 15V DC, 300 mA (AC adapter 100V supplied)
- Dimensions (HxWxD):30x70x92mm
- Weight: 160g
$77
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Bellari Mm Tube Phono Preamp Usb OutputBellari MM Tube Phono Preamp USB Output
The VP530 preamp has the sweet luscious sounds of the VP129 but adds a USB connection for converting your LPs to digital. A sophisticated Burr-Brown PCM2901EG chip is incorporated into the smartly designed Bellari circuit. The VP530 lets you select RIAA equalization, and you can output a flat data stream and set whatever curve you wish. You can also choose your own sampling rate and format.
- Compatible with MM and MC phono cartridges
- Burr-Brown PCM2901EG (16-bit, 44.1 kHz) analog-to-digital converter
- USB output
- Audio recording software inuded
- Inputs: RCA
- Outputs: RCA, 1/4" TRS, 1/8" Stereo Headphone, USB mini
- Input Sensitivity: 30 dB gain @ 1kHz
- Input Impedance: 50k ohms
- Output Impedance: 8 ohms Headphone, 100 ohms RCA
- Max Output Level: >10dB @ 1kHz at at .1% dist.
- RIAA equalization accuracy: +/- 1.5 dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
- Tube Complement: 12AX7 (Single)
- Rumble Filter: 20Hz
- THD: .02% @ 1KHz
- S/N Ratio: >80 dB unweighted
- PWR: PSU115 (15VDC @ 700mA)
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 2.5 x 6 x 5.4"
- Weight: 2 lbs
- Indicator: 1 Power LED
$369
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Bellari VP130 Mm Tube Phono PreamplifierBellari VP130 MM Tube Phono Preamplifier With Headphone Amplifier
The VP130 is a tube preamplifier with a built-in headphone amplifier for use with moving magnet cartridge-equiped turntables only.
- Variable Level Control
- Input Connectors: RCA
- Output Connectors: RCA & 1/4'' TRS Stereo
- Output tubes: 12AX7 (single)
- Input Sensitivity: 30 dB gain @ 1kHz
- Input Impedance: 50k Ohms
- Output Impedance: 8 Ohms Headphone, 100 Ohms RCA
- Max Output Level: >10dB @ 1kHz at.1% dist.
- RIAA equalization accuracy: +/- 1.5 dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
- Rumble Filter: 20Hz
- THD: .02% @ 1KHz
- S/N Ratio: >80 dB unweighted
- PWR: 12 - 18 VDC
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 6 x 2.5 x 5.4"
- Weight: 1 lb
- Indicator: 1 Power LED
$229
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Cambridge - 540P Outboard Audiophile MM Phono StageCambridge - 540P Outboard Audiophile MM Phono Stage
Entry-level high quality Moving Magnet preamp, featuring single-ended 'Class A' gain stage and discrete transistors instead of the more common integrated circuits. This design gives less cross-tlak and interference across the signal path, an advantage reinforced by the gold plated input connectors on the rear pannel. The 540P uses an active RIAA equalization system.
- Weight: 1.8 pounds$159
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Cambridge Audio - Azur 551P - MM Phono PreampCambridge Audio - Azur 551P - MM Phono Preamp
Based on the award-winning 540P, the 551P offers smoother styling (rounded edges) and improved eco-friendly power supply (power switch on the face). The build quality and finish is sensational for a budget phono preamp, with aluminium front pannel and all-metal casing. The system is the same as the 540P (single-ended "Class A" gain stages, discrete transistors, RIAA equalization), qnd the input connectors are gold plated as well.
- WIMA capacitors for superiour sound quality
- Improved power supply (eco-friendly)
- Single-ended "Class A" gain stages with discrete transistors
- Gold plated RCA jacks
$139
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Cambridge Audio - Azur 651P - MMMC Phono PreamplifierCambridge Audio - Azur 651P - MM/MC Phono Preamplifier
The 651P adds weight, scale and detail to your music, by upgrading the design and circuitry of the award-winning 640P. It will improve any turntable on the market, thanks to a sophisticated electronic circuit that accomdates both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridges. It's perhaps the most performance-enhancing preamp from Cambridge Audio. The multi-parallel capacitors achieve close-to-perfect RIAA accuracy and almost-inexistent distortion and noise, while the subsonic filter removes unwanted effects of low-frequency energy. Its environmental credentials are backed by power switch with allows you to save energy when the preamp is not in use.
- Max power consumption: 5W
- Gain @1kHz: 39dB (MM)/55 dB (MC)
- Input impedance: 47 kOhm (MM)/100 Ohm (MC)
- Input capacitance: 220pF
- Nominal output: 300mV
- Sensitivity for nominal output: 3.35mV (MM)/0.5mV (MC)
- THD: <0.005% (MM)/<0.002% (MC)
- RIAA curve accuracy: 20Hz-50kHz
- S/N ratio: 86dB (MM)/72dB (MC)
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 46 x 215 x 133mm (1.8 x 8.5 x 5.2")
- Weight: 900g (2.0lbs)
$229
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Conrad-johnson ET3 Line Stage Vacuum-Tube PreamplifierConrad-Johnson ET3 Line Stage Vacuum-Tube Preamplifier
The ET3 is Conrad-Johnson's entry-level version of its flagship line-stage preamp, the GAT, and a great one to boot. With voltage gain provided by a triode vacuum-tube, the zero-feedback line-stage circuit of the ET3, along with its DC voltage regulators, closely replicates the GAT's circuit. Noteworthy as well is that the ET3 features a relay-operated discrete stepped attenuator level-control circuit found on the more costly models (but without the balance control function). Additionally, the ET3 provides 6 separate line-level inputs plus a theater loop that facilitates the use of this pream in a home theater system. You can select input resistive loading over a range from 200 Ohms to 47 kOhms, by the flick of a switch.
- Frequency response: 2Hz-100kHz
- Gain: 25 dB
- Maximum output: 20V RMS
- THD: < 0.15%
- Impedance: 100 Ohms
- Tube: 1x6922
- Infrared remote control
- Dimensions (DxWxH): 13.125"x19"x3.315")
$2,500
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Emotiva USP-1 Stereo PreamplifierEmotiva USP-1 Stereo Preamplifier
Audiophile preamp with a true analog signal path, generating a rich tonal quality and amazing detail from your different phono sources.
- Compatible with MM and MC cartridges
- Input impedance: 47 kOhm (MM)/240 Ohm (MC)
- S/N ratio: 116 dB
- THD: < 0.005%
- Frequency response: 5Hz-80kHz
- Maximum line out level: 9V RMS
- Electrical power requirement: 115V AC, 60Hz or 230V AC, 50-60Hz (user selectable)
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 17 x 4.06 x 14.63"
- Weight: 13.2 lbs
- Analog bass management
- Home theater bypass function
- Headphone output
- Aluminum remote control
$369
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Little Dot MK2 MKII 6J1 X2 6N6 X2 Headphone Amp Amplifier Pre-Amp TubeLittle Dot MK2 MKII 6J1 X2 6N6 X2 Headphone Amp Amplifier Pre-Amp Tube
- Gold-plated RCA jacks and Headphone output
- Driver tubes: 6JI
- Power tubes: 6N6
- Frequency response: 20Hz-50kHz
- THD: 0.1% (50mW into 300 ohms)
- Input impedance: 50 kOhms
- Preamp output impedance: 600 ohms
- Preamp Gain: 3-10x
- Preamp voltage: 10V RMS
- Power consumption: 28W (228 V x 0.124 A)
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 21x11x13cm (8.26x4.33x4.18")
- Weight: 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs.)
- 1 year warranty
$195
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Music Hall PA1,2 MMMC Phono Pre AmpMusic Hall PA1.2 MM/MC Phono Pre Amp
Low noise high quality phono preamp that will play both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges. The beautifully finished extruded aluminum box safely provides a quiet environment for the sensitive electronic inside, providing you with the best sound possible from your record player.
- Gain: 40 dB (MM)/60 dB (MC)
- Input sensitivity @1kHz: 5 mV (MM)/0.45 mV (MC)
- Input impedance: 47 kOhms (MM)/100 Ohms (MC)
- THD: <0.01% (MM)/<0.05% (MC)
$160
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NAD PP 3i Digital Phono Preamp with USBNAD PP 3i Digital Phono Preamp with USB
The PP 3i offers audiophile-quality transfer of your LPs to the digital format, by combining a high quality Analog-to-Digital converter with USB interface and NAD's award-winning PP-2i MM/MC phono preamp. The latter provides extraordinary performance and sound quality. By using less than one watt of power in standby, the PP-3i improves its "green" credentials over its predecessor. The new, shielded USB cable both reduces noise and improve the A2D conversion process. The included software package automatically adds track numbers and look up song metadata online, as well as other options (e.g. automatically add tracks to your iTunes music library).
- Compatible with MM and MC phono cartridges
- Enables transfer of vinyl collection to PC/Mac
- Line input for the transfer of cassette tapes
- Comes with new version of AlpineSoft's VinylStudio ripping software for both PC & Mac.
$200
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Pro-Ject Audio - Phono Box USB - MMMC Phono preampPro-Ject Audio - Phono Box USB - MM/MC Phono preamp
One of the best preamps for transferring your vinyl records onto your computer, thanks to the USB output. It works with both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges.
- Compatible with MM and MC phono cartridges
- Gold-plated RCA input and line-level output
- USB output
- Built-in Burr Brown PCM2904 analog-to-digital converter
$189
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Pro-Ject Audio - Tube Box S - Tube Phono PreamplifierPro-Ject Audio - Tube Box S - Tube Phono Preamplifier
The Tube Box S preamp has a tube output stage, offering unrivalled performance and unique flexibility at a very affordable price. If you want to enjoy the lush sound of vacuum tube phono gear, this is your chance. The sony quality of Tube Box S makes an impressive improvement over the built-in phono stage on many ampsnd receivers and offers the upgrade to your system that you've always dreamt of.
- Audiophile-grade ECC83 (12AX7) vacuum tube
- Dual mono configuration
- Switchable input impedance
- Three adjustable gain levels
$450
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Qinpu A3 Integrated AmplifierQinpu A3 Integrated Amplifier
Although small in size, Qinpu's A3 vacuum tube pream packs a might high-end sound, delivering a beautiful 8.5W/channel that will fill your whole room. The pair of 6N3 tubes contribute to the silky-smooth and detailed sound. You will rarely find such high quality at such a low price.
- Compact integrated amplifier
- Aluminum chassis
- Cherry wood panel
- Frequency response: 20Hz-40kHz
- THD @1kHz: < 1.5%
- S/N ratio: 71 dB
- Input sensitivity: < 420 mV
- Input impedance: 15 kOhm
- Tube: 6N3 x 2
- Output power: 2 x 8.5W (8 ohms RMS)
- Power supply: 110V, 60Hz
- Dimesnions (L x W x H): 10 x 5.5 x 4.3"
- Weight: 5 lbs
$199
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Rega Fono Mini A2DRega Fono Mini A2D- USB output
- Phono input (RCA)
- Line level output (RCA)
$175
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Rega FONO MM Phono StageRega FONO MM Phono Stage
Discrete component phono amplifier, with an extruded aluminium case and a new style over the Mini A2D. Still retains the Rega Fono design feel.
- All-discreet operation in an extrdued aluminum chassis
- Input sensitivity: 3mV for 200mV output
- Frequency response (50kW load): 17Hz-100kHz
- RIAA accuracy (50kW load): +/- 0.2dB 100Hz to 100kHz
$395
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TCC TC-750 BLACK Audiophile Phono PreampTCC TC-750 BLACK Audiophile Phono Preamp
The TC-750 specs are as good as pricier premaps from NAD or Cambridge Audio. Features a computer-designed PCB layout and 1% tolerance resistors, resulting in extremely accurate RIAA EQ and an great S/N ratio. Perfect for listening to your cherished LPs without background noise. You also benefit from a lifetime repair or replacement warranty.
- Available in Black or Silver
- 12 V DC operation (will work anywhere in the world)
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- S/N ratio: 85 dB
- Gold-plated jac and power indicator
- Includes AC adaptor, RCA cable, miniplug adaptor
$44
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TCC TC-750LC BLACK Professional Moving Magnet PreampTCC TC-750LC BLACK Professional Moving Magnet Preamp
The TC-750LC is the same preamp as the TC-750, but includes an Output Level Control, which make it the perfect phono stage for making archival quality copies of LPs. The adjustable output allows you to correctly set recording levels, something your burning software or sound card driver may have insufficient range to permit. When used with a stereo, the control allows the phono source level to be set to match other inputs such as CD or video, so that switching between sources requires little change in the stereo's volume control.
- Available in Black or Silver
- 12 V DC operation (will work anywhere in the world)
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- S/N ratio: 85 dB
- THD: 0.05%
- Input sensitivity: 3.0 mV
- Output impedance: 200 Ohms
- Input impedance: 47k Ohms
- Maximal output: 300 mV/1.8 V
- Dimensions (LxDxH): 14.2 x 73 x 37 cm
- Gold-plated jac and power indicator
- Includes AC adaptor, RCA cable, miniplug adaptor
- Output Level Control
$49
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TCC TC-754 BLACK RIAA Phono PreampTCC TC-754 BLACK RIAA Phono Preamp
This flagship model from TCC combines exceptional audio performance with 3 additional AUX level audio inputs and a variable output level control. Switches enable you to power the preamp on/off and select the source. When powered back on, the preamps selects the last-used source. The output level control allows you to fine tune the audio levels sent to your computer or receiver.
- Available in Black or Silver
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- S/N ratio: 85 dB
- LED source indicators
- 12 V DC operation (will work anywhere in the world)
- Gold-plated jacks and black anodized metal casing
- Includes AC adaptor, RCA cable, miniplug adaptor
- Power switch
- Variable Output Level Control
- 1 year defective exchange or repair warranty
$74
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TCC TC-760 Switchable Moving Magnet-Coil Phono PreampTCC TC-760 Switchable Moving Magnet/Coil Phono Preamp
The MM specs and sound quality are similar to the TC-750, but the TC-760 adds the ability to connect Moving Coil cartridges. This makes it a sound investment as it gives you flexibility for years to come, regardless of your future cartridges. Plus, you can connect two turntables at the same time, selecting between them by flicking a switch.
- Works with MM and MC cartridges
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- S/N ratio: 75 dB
- 12 V DC operation (will work anywhere in the world)
- Gold-plated jacks and black anodized metal casing
- Includes AC adaptor, RCA cable, miniplug adaptor
- LED indicators
- Power switch
$74
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TCC TC-760LC BLACK Moving Magnet-Coil Phono PreampTCC TC-760LC BLACK Moving Magnet/Coil Phono Preamp
The TC-760LC improves upon the TC-760 with superior specs (an output level control, selectable hi/lo MC input impedance) while retaining the ability to play both MC and MM-equiped record players, and swith between the two. It's also cheaper than the NAD PP-2 preamp, which has the same features.
- Works with MM and MC cartridges
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
- S/N ratio: 82 dB (MM) / 85 dB (MC)
- Gain: 38 dB (MM) / 58 dB (MC)
- THD: 0.005%
- Selectable hi range (100 Ohm)/lo range (20 Ohm) MC input impedance
- Input sensitivity; MC 600uV, MM 3.0mV
- 12 V DC operation (will work anywhere in the world)
- Gold-plated jacks and black anodized metal casing
- Includes AC adaptor, RCA cable, miniplug adaptor
- LED source indicators
- Output Level Control
- Power switch
- 1 year defective exchange or repair warranty
$74
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Zphono Phono Pre AmplifierZphono Phono Pre Amplifier
The Zphono preamp has ultra-low distortion and audiophile grade resistors and capacitors, making your vinyls sound as good as they were meant to. The bass is big and smooth, the vocals seem like they're live in the studio, and the top end is crystal clear. Meanwhile, the system remains ultra quiet the entire time. This Parasound box will make old turntables sound like high-end new gear, all for an entry-level $150. You won't find better preamp at this price...
- Switchable gain for moving magnet or moving coil cartridges
- Gold-plated RCA input and output jacks
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20 kHz
- Gain @1 kHz: 46dB (MM)/61 dB (MC)
- Input sensitivity @1 kHz: 5 mV in for 1.1 V output (MM)/9 mV in for 1.1 V output (MC)
- Input impedance: 47k ohms (MM)/100 ohms (MC)
- Input overload: 200 mV (MM)/36 mV (MC)
- S/N ratio: 84 dB (MM)/58 dB (MC)
- Power requirement: 115 V - 230 V, 60/50 Hz, 5 W
- Dimensions (LxHxD): 24.1 x 5.1 x 23.5 cm
- Net weight: 4 lbs.
- 10 year parts, 5 years labor warranty
$198
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