The PH9 phono preamplifier is a great pairing with most cartridge and turntable combinations. A trio of 6H30 vacuum tubes are at the core of a simple and clear signal path to provide the most transparent preamplification possible. Five different impedance settings allow for cartridge loading, which can be changed on the fly with the included metal remote. Cartridge impedance, tube hours, auto shutdown, and other features are included in the menu system.
±.2 dB of RIAA, 5 Hz to 20kHz; 1 dB points below 0.3Hz and above 80 kHz.
Less than .015% at 3V RMS 1kHz output.
55 dB at 1 kHz
Selectable loads: 47k, 1000, 500, 200, 100 Ohms.
200 ohms. Recommended load 50k-100k Ohms and 100 pF. (10k Ohms
minimum and 2000 pF maximum).
80 mV RMS at 1kHz.
0.5V RMS 10 Hz to 60 kHz, into 100K ohm load (maximum balanced output
capability is 0.46V RMS at less than 0.5% THD at 1kHz).
6 Push Buttons: Power, Menu, Option, Enter, Input, Mute.
Electronically regulated low and high voltage supplies. Automatic 2 minute
warm-up/brown-out mute. Line regulation better than .01%.
>77 dB, shorted inputs.
(3)-6H30P dual triodes, plus (1 each) 6550WE and 6H30P in power supply.
100-125VAC 60Hz (200-250VAC 50/60Hz) 120 watts maximum. Standby: 2
Width: 19” (48 cm)
Height: 6.5” (13.7 cm)
Depth: 13.7” (34.8 cm)
Handles extend 1.6” (4 cm) forward of the front panel.
Weight: 15.4 lbs. (7 kg) Net; 23.5 lbs. (10.7 kg) Shipping.
Combining a quintessentially sweet and powerful tube sound with a modern user interface – alongside a number of handy facilities – the Audio Research PH9 will catch the audiophile’s eye and ear. For purity of sound, it’s one of the finest phono stages around. more...
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