Top 10 Best 12AX7 Phono Preamps
for September 2021

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JJ 12AX7 / ECC83 Preamp Vacuum Tubes (Three Pack)

JJ Electronic JJ 12AX7

ECC83 Preamp Vacuum Tubes (Three Pack)

by JJ Electronics
What We like

It allows for more clean head-room than higher gain 12AX7s

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Product Features

  • This tube has a well balanced, colorful tone with strongly defined lows, mids and smooth highs
  • When pushed into overdrive it offers clean distortion with well balanced lows and mids
  • In overdrive, it is smooth and strong with well defined lows and mids
  • The JJ 12AX7 is well suited for all types of music and playing styles

When pushed into overdrive it offers clean distortion with well balanced lows and mids This tube has a well balanced, colorful tone with strongly defined lows, mids and smooth highs In overdrive, it is smooth and strong with well defined lows and mids The jj 12ax7 is well suited for all types of music and playing styles

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Pair of JJ ECC83s/12AX7 Preamp Vacuum Tube

TubeDepot Pair of JJ ECC83s/12AX7 Preamp Vacuum Tube

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Pair of Tung-Sol 12AX7 New Production Preamp Vacuum Tube

TubeDepot Pair of Tung-Sol 12AX7 New Production Preamp Vacuum Tube

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Genalex Gold Lion 12AX7/ECC83 Gold Pins Preamp Tube

Genalex Gold Lion 12AX7/ECC83 Gold Pins Preamp Tube

by New Sensor
What We like

Great tone and low noise

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Product Features

  • Best current production 12AX7
  • High gain preamp tube

High gain preamp tube Best current production 12ax7

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Pyle Phono Turntable Preamp - Mini Electronic Audio Stereo Phonograph Preamplifier with RCA Input, RCA Output & Low Noise Operation Powered by 12 Volt DC Adapter (PP444)

Pyle Phono Turntable Preamp

Mini Electronic Audio Stereo Phonograph Preamplifier with RCA Input, RCA Output & Low Noise Operation Powered by 12 Volt DC Adapter (PP444)

by Sound Around
What We like

CONNECTS TO TURNTABLES: Connect any turntable to modern sound equipment without specialized phono input for amplifying music For the receiver, this can be connected to speakers, computers, laptops and more

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Product Features

  • CONVERTS PHONO SIGNALS: A turntable preamp that converts phono signals to Line Level Signals This state-of-the-art circuitry phono preamp can accommodate magnetic pickups with an input sensitivity of 3mV at 50K Ohms
  • SIMPLE PLUG & PLAY: This mini preamp has stereo RCA inputs and stereo RCA outputs Connect the turntable to the RCA inputs and ground Then, connect the amplifier receiver to the RCA outputs
  • LOW NOISE OPERATION: Offers outstanding performance with its Low-Noise Audio Operational Amplifiers The output is 2V max (P-P) at 10K Ohms Its better to position the preamp close to the source to reduce unwanted noise and interference

Simple plug & play: this mini preamp has stereo rca inputs and stereo rca outputs connect the turntable to the rca inputs and ground then, connect the amplifier receiver to the rca outputs Converts phono signals: a turntable preamp that converts phono signals to line level signals this state-of-the-art circuitry phono preamp can accommodate magnetic pickups with an input sensitivity of 3mv at 50k ohms Low noise operation: offers outstanding performance with its low-noise audio operational amplifiers the output is 2v max (p-p) at 10k ohms its better to position the preamp close to the source to reduce unwanted noise and interference

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Three Pack of JJ ECC83s/12AX7 Preamp Vacuum Tube

TubeDepot Three Pack of JJ ECC83s/12AX7 Preamp Vacuum Tube

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ART DJPREII Phono Preamplifier

ART DJPREII Phono Preamplifier

by ART
What We like

Dimensions: 1.75 H x 4.2 W x 3.5 inches D (44.5 x 107 x 89mm)

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Product Features

  • Power: 12V DC (Adapter included)
  • Dual RCA-type outputs
  • Dual RCA-type inputs
  • Ground terminal

Dual rca-type outputs Ground terminal Dual rca-type inputs Power: 12v dc (adapter included)

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Riverstone Audio - Tested/Matched Pair (2 Tubes) 7-Pin GE JAN 5654W Fully-Tested Vacuum Tubes - Upgrade for 6AK5 / 6J1 / 6J1P / EF95 - JAN 5654W Platinum Grade Pair

Riverstone Audio

Tested/Matched Pair (2 Tubes) 7-Pin GE JAN 5654W Fully-Tested Vacuum Tubes, Upgrade for 6AK5 / 6J1 / 6J1P / EF95, JAN 5654W Platinum Grade Pair

by GE
What We like

***IMPORTANT*** AMPLIFIER DAMAGE CAN OCCUR IF YOU SUBSTITUTE THE WRONG TYPE OF TUBE. 5654W tubes should only be used to replace 7-Pin 6J1, 6J1P / 6J1P-EB / 6Zh1P-EV, 6AK5, 6AK5W and EF95 tubes. DO NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR ANY OTHER TYPE OF 7-pin tube.

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Product Features

  • RIVERSTONE AUDIO utilizes the best available equipment (Amplitrex AT1000) to test and match audio tubes. THE VACUUM TUBES WE SELL ARE 100% TESTED WITH DOCUMENTED TEST RESULTS ATTACHED TO EACH TUBE BOX. Our experienced engineers match vacuum tubes for BOTH plate current and mutual conductance. All tubes we must also pass a specialized life test and an audio sound test. ***All vacuum tubes sold by Riverstone Audio will have the "Riverstone Audio" name, logo and QC label on the boxes***
  • TESTED and MATCHED Pair (2 tubes) of low-noise 7-Pin NIB/NOS GE JAN 5654W Vacuum Tubes. Considered one of the best of the 5654 / 6AK5 / EF95 family of tubes for audio use. These vintage US manufactured GE tubes are Mil. Spec. (JAN) Electron Tubes - Higher Durability and Life. The 5654W tubes are NOS and were obtained from factory-sealed military surplus boxes.

Tested and matched pair (2 tubes) of low-noise 7-pin nib/nos GE jan 5654w vacuum tubes. considered one of the best of the 5654 / 6ak5 / ef95 family of tubes for audio use. these vintaGE us manufactured GE tubes are mil. spec. (jan) electron tubes - higher durability and life. the 5654w tubes are nos and were obtained from factory-sealed military surplus boxes. Riverstone audio utilizes the best available equipment (amplitrex at1000) to test and match audio tubes. the vacuum tubes we sell are 100% tested with documented test results attached to each tube box. our experienced engineers match vacuum tubes for both plate current and mutual conductance. all tubes we must also pass a specialized life test and an audio sound test. ***all vacuum tubes sold by riverstone audio will have the "riverstone audio" name, logo and qc label on the boxes***

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Genalex Gold Lion 12AX7 / ECC83, Matched Trio

Genalex Gold Lion 12AX7 / ECC83

Matched Trio

by Genalex
What We like

Great for use in both Hi-Fi and guitar amps

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Product Features

  • Matched for both gain and conductance
  • Nice balance of base, mids, and smooth highs
  • Matched Trio
  • One of the best current made production tubes available today

Nice balance of base, mids, and smooth highs Matched for both gain and conductance Matched trio One of the best current made production tubes available today

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Sovtek 12AX7LPS Vacuum Tube (Original Version)

Sovtek 12AX7LPS Vacuum Tube (Original Version)

by Sovtek
What We like

For more information about our 12AX7 tubes, see our tech corner article on 12AX

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Product Features

  • In overdrive, it is not quite as defined as the 12AX7-S-JJ, but it offers more crunchy fizz
  • This Russian tube is full bodied and well balanced
  • It has a high gain with a very smooth presentation
  • 9 pin miniature preamp tube (Amplification Factor = 100)

9 pin miniature preamp tube (amplification factor = 100) In overdrive, it is not quite as defined as the 12ax7-s-jj, but it offers more crunchy fizz This russian tube is full bodied and well balanced It has a high gain with a very smooth presentation

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