Top 10 Best Phono Preamp Tubes
for September 2021

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Little Bear T7 Vacumn Tube Mini Phono Stage RIAA MM Turntable Preamp & HiFi Tube Pre-Amplifier (Black)

Little Bear T7 Vacumn Tube Mini Phono Stage RIAA MM Turntable Preamp & HiFi Tube Pre-Amplifier (Black)

by Douk Audio
What We like

Its mini size makes it more portable and be suited for a variety of scenarios and Its alluminum body makes it strong and elegant.

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Product Features

  • Its tube(6J1) can be directly replaced with tubes like 5654, 6AK5, EF95 .etc
  • This product can be used as a MM Turntable Preamp or a HiFi Tube Pre-Amplifier and can provide high fidelity and warm sound beyond your expectation.
  • Upgrades of the new version: The gain switch is moved from inside to outside. Customers can adjust its gain more conveniently; The circuit is optimized and the noise is lower.
  • Please do not connect T7 to any inferior Bluetooth digital amplifiers except Class T digital amplifiers, since all Class D amplifiers have very loud background noise.

Please do not connect t7 to any inferior bluetooth digital amplifiers except class t digital amplifiers, since all class d amplifiers have very loud background noise. Its tube(6j1) can be directly replaced with tubes like 5654, 6ak5, ef95 .etc Upgrades of the new version: the gain switch is moved from inside to outside. customers can adjust its gain more conveniently; the circuit is optimized and the noise is lower. This product can be used as a mm turntable preamp or a hifi tube pre-amplifier and can provide high fidelity and warm sound beyond your expectation.

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9.6
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Bellari VP130 MK2 Tube Phono Preamp/Headphone Amplifier

Bellari VP130 MK2 Tube Phono Preamp/Headphone Amplifier

by Bellari
What We like

I was surprised by how attractive and well balanced it sounded: smooth and warm, yet open and crisply detailed. The Bellari seemed to create a sound that was rich, natural and appealing. Surface noise was low, and the music emerged from a crisp, clean, quiet background. It was an excellent sound by almost any standards; one I was very happy to listen to. An excellent performer at a very reasonable price! Jimmy Hughes, HiFi

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Product Features

  • The Bargain of a Lifetime Tube Phono Stage. For (this price), the Bellari Tube Phonostage offers warm musical sound and may be just what the doctor ordered for those who want to get into analog without loading up the credit card. The Absolute Sound
  • Equalization: RIAA +/- .9 dB, 20Hz to 20kHz THD .05% @ 1KHz S/N Ratio: 103 dB, unweighted Crosstalk: -75 dB Size: 6w x 2.5h x 5.4d
  • It vividly and naturally recreates recordings and has a uncanny ability to compliment any turntable. The Bellari VP130 further defines its position as the price-to-performance world-beater, do-everything-well, high fidelity phono preamplifier. You need vacuum tubes in your life, and the 12AX7 tube in the VP130 is the perfect audio upgrade to your system.
  • Cartridge Compatibility: Moving Magnet or High output Moving Coil Gain: 38.9 dB gain @ 1kHz with 12AX7 Tube Input Impedance: 47k ohms Output Impedance: 8-200 ohms Headphone, 100 ohms RCA

It vividly and naturally recreates recordings and has a uncanny ability to compliment any turntable. the Bellari vp130 further defines its position as the price-to-performance world-beater, do-everything-well, high fidelity phono preamplifier. you need vacuum tubes in your life, and the 12ax7 tube in the vp130 is the perfect audio upgrade to your system. Equalization: riaa +/- .9 db, 20hz to 20khz thd .05% @ 1khz s/n ratio: 103 db, unweighted crosstalk: -75 db size: 6w x 2.5h x 5.4d Cartridge compatibility: moving magnet or high output moving coil gain: 38.9 db gain @ 1khz with 12ax7 tube input impedance: 47k ohms output impedance: 8-200 ohms headphone, 100 ohms rca The bargain of a lifetime tube phono stage. for (this price), the Bellari tube phonostage offers warm musical sound and may be just what the doctor ordered for those who want to get into analog without loading up the credit card. the absolute sound

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Nobsound Little Bear T11 6N2/12AX7 Vacuum&Valve Tube Phono Turntable Preamplifier; MM RIAA LP Vinyl Record Player Preamp; Stereo HiFi Audio Pre-Amplifier

Nobsound Little Bear T11 6N2/12AX7 Vacuum&Valve Tube Phono Turntable Preamplifier; MM RIAA LP Vinyl Record Player Preamp; Stereo HiFi Audio Pre-Amplifier

by Nobsound
What We like

On the bottom of the description, there is a few Q&A for buyers who might meet the humming problem. If you encounter a similar issue, please check those tips, which have covered most of conditions.

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Product Features

  • Supporting 6N2/12AX7 tubes, which offers many replaceable tubes for you like 6H2,6H2n (For 6N2 type) and 12AX7B,6N4(9PIN),ECC83,5751 (For 12AX7 type).
  • Little Bear T11 is based on T10 with improvement. Compared to T10, T11 has lower background noise at normal volume. Its sound performance is better with increased liveness.
  • Little Bear T11 is a pure tube phono preamplifier working with MM cartridge turntables only. Please make sure your turntable is equipped with a PHONO signal output instead of a LINE output.
  • Adopting a conventional active RIAA equalization phono stage circuit. There is 3 metal covers and 4 acrylic covers for those tubes. And you will be able to choose which type as you like.

Little bear t11 is a pure tube phono preamplifier working with mm cartridge turntables only. please make sure your turntable is equipped with a phono signal output instead of a line output. Little bear t11 is based on t10 with improvement. compared to t10, t11 has lower background noise at normal volume. its sound performance is better with increased liveness. Adopting a conventional active riaa equalization phono stage circuit. there is 3 metal covers and 4 acrylic covers for those tubes. and you will be able to choose which type as you like. Supporting 6n2/12ax7 tubes, which offers many replaceable tubes for you like 6h2,6h2n (for 6n2 type) and 12ax7b,6n4(9pin),ecc83,5751 (for 12ax7 type).

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Pro-Ject Tube Box S2 Phono Preamplifier - Black

Pro-Ject Tube Box S2 Phono Preamplifier

Black

by Pro-Ject
What We like

Fully discreet circuit design without OpAmps

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Product Features

  • Front-sided Subsonic filter button
  • Suitable for MM and MC cartridges
  • Precise RIAA equalisation in two parts passive/active
  • 2x ECC83 tubes (replaceable)

Front-sided subsonic filter button Suitable for mm and mc cartridges 2x ecc83 tubes (replaceable) Precise riaa equalisation in two parts passive/active

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AIYIMA Tube T3 HiFi 6J2 Tube Phono Preamp Stereo Audio Tube Preamplifier with DC 12V Power Supply for Turntable MM Phonograph Record Player System

AOSHIKE AIYIMA Tube T3 HiFi 6J2 Tube Phono Preamp Stereo Audio Tube Preamplifier with DC 12V Power Supply for Turntable MM Phonograph Record Player System

by AIYIMA
What We like

*The mini tube Preamplifier build quality is surprisingly solid ,Metal shell,exquisite appearance design,Nice touch!Reasonable internal structure ensure HiFi sound quality and low noise,Let you enjoy sweet and warm sound quality

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Product Features

  • *It can be used as a MM phono preamp and a tube preamp, compatible with many audio devices such as MM record player, CD players, DAC, phone,TV, MP3 players, computers And so on. To meet different customer needs
  • *Multiple input methods to meet your needs,Our this Tube MM Phono Preamplifier have Two input ways:MM signal input(MM Turntable) and 3.5mm AUX input
  • *With DC12V power supply,With gain adjustment switch, convenient to match better with different audio signalsogy,with lossless transmission, perfectly suitable for MM record players and other audio sources

*it can be used as a mm phono preamp and a tube preamp, compatible with many audio devices such as mm record player, cd players, dac, phone,tv, mp3 players, computers and so on. to meet different customer needs *with dc12v power supply,with gain adjustment switch, convenient to match better with different audio signalsogy,with lossless transmission, perfectly suitable for mm record players and other audio sources *multiple input methods to meet your needs,our this tube mm phono preamplifier have two input ways:mm signal input(mm turntable) and 3.5mm aux input

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Phono Preamp for Turntable, SUCA-AUDIO 6J2 Vacuum Tubes MM RIAA Phonograph Stage Preamplifier Mini Hi-Fi Stereo Preamp for LP Vinyl Recorder Player Turntable Home Audio with 12V Power Supply

SUCA-AUDIO Phono Preamp for Turntable

SUCA-AUDIO 6J2 Vacuum Tubes MM RIAA Phonograph Stage Preamplifier Mini Hi-Fi Stereo Preamp for LP Vinyl Recorder Player Turntable Home Audio with 12V Power Supply

by SUCA-AUIDO
What We like

Vacuum Tubes Replaceable: Come with 2pcs 6J2 vacuum tubes, provides high fidelity warm, dynamic and soft sound beyond your expectation. Also, tubes can be replaced by 6K4 / 6J1 / 6J4 / GE5654 / 6AK5 / 6*1n and ect, you can DIY your stereo ststem with different tubes.

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Product Features

  • Tube Preamplifier: P4 is not only a MM phono preamp but also a tube preamp with 3.5mm AUX Input. It means that you can connect a MM turntable or CD, Smartphone, PC, MP3 player and etc as input devices to get a better sound quality.
  • Gain Adjustable Design : 39/42/45 dB gain levels switchable,different output gain is convenient to match different audio signal better, give a customizable control and great listening experience.
  • Tube MM Phono Preamp for Turntable: P4 Box Support MM Phono input. Adopt with low-noise integrated circuits and high-quality components that ensure a clear sound quality without low-frequency noise while using. Also, the built-in grounding post design can help to protect your turntable.

Tube mm phono preamp for turntable: p4 box support mm phono input. adopt with low-noise integrated circuits and high-quality components that ensure a clear sound quality without low-frequency noise while using. also, the built-in grounding post design can help to protect your turntable. Tube preamplifier: p4 is not only a mm phono preamp but also a tube preamp with 3.5mm aux input. it means that you can connect a mm turntable or cd, smartphone, pc, mp3 player and etc as input devices to get a better sound quality. Gain adjustable design : 39/42/45 db gain levels switchable,different output gain is convenient to match different audio signal better, give a customizable control and great listening experience.

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Bellari VP130 Mm Tube Phono Preamplifier With Headphone Amplifier

Bellari VP130 Mm Tube Phono Preamplifier With Headphone Amplifier

by MUSIC HALL
What We like

Headphone Output with variable Level control

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Product Features

  • Compact phono stage
  • RIAA Equalization
  • Output tube: 12AX7
  • For Moving Magnetic and high output cartridges.

Riaa equalization For moving magnetic and high output cartridges. Output tube: 12ax7 Compact phono stage

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Schiit Mani Phono Preamp for MC and MM Cartridges (Silver)

Schiit Mani Phono Preamp for MC and MM Cartridges (Silver)

by Schiit
What We like

Designed and assembled in the USA from high quality components

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Product Features

  • Four switchable gain modes: (30, 42, 47, and 59dB)
  • Accurate, quiet, passive RIAA Network
  • Consistent sonic performance, super low-noise. 115VAC, USA Plug.
  • Can be used with moving-magnet (MM) cartridges, moving-coil (MC) cartridges, or high-output cartridges

Four switchable gain modes: (30, 42, 47, and 59db) Can be used with moving-magnet (mm) cartridges, moving-coil (mc) cartridges, or high-output cartridges Accurate, quiet, passive riaa network Consistent sonic performance, super low-noise. 115vac, usa plug.

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8.5
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iFi Audio Zen Phono Preamp for Turntables / Record Players

iFi Audio Zen Phono Preamp for Turntables

Record Players

by Abbingdon Ltd
What We like

ACCESSORIES - Includes 5V DC power supply and RCA cable

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Product Features

  • INTELLIGENT - subsonic analog filter
  • CUSTOMIZE TO YOUR TURNTABLE SETUP - Ultrawide 36dB to 72dB gain
  • INPUTS - Selectable MM and MC cartridge input
  • OUTPUTS - RCA and Balanced 4.4mm Pentacon Outputs

Inputs - selectable mm and mc cartridge input Customize to your turntable setup - ultrawide 36db to 72db gain Intelligent - subsonic analog filter Outputs - rca and balanced 4.4mm pentacon outputs

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Douk Audio T3 PRO MM Phono Stage Preamp Mini Stereo Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

Douk Audio T3 PRO MM Phono Stage Preamp Mini Stereo Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

by Douk Audio
What We like

With gain adjustment switch(OFF-39dB-42dB-45dB), convenient to match better with different audio signals, the front panel are machined with wire drawing and frosted technology, looks more fashionable and distinctive.

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Product Features

  • Mini size with exquisite appearance, aluminum alloy chassis with better shielding performance and gold-plated terminals with lossless transmission, perfectly suitable for MM record players and other audio sources.
  • With MM signal input and 3.5mm AUX input(with priority), can be used as a MM phono preamp and a tube preamp, compatible with many audio devices such as MM record player, phone,TV, MP3 players, CD players, DAC, computers etc. to satisfy different demands.
  • Reasonable curcuit layout and concise wiring to ensure HiFi clear sound with low noise, adopting 2PCS 6J2 vacuum tubes(can be replaced by 6K4 / 6J1 / 6J4 / GE5654 / 6AK5 / 6*1n) to make sound warm, dynamic and sweet, bringing extremely high-quality listening experience.
  • Notice: this is only a preamp, which needs to be used with amplifiers or active speakers.

Reasonable curcuit layout and concise wiring to ensure hifi clear sound with low noise, adopting 2pcs 6j2 vacuum tubes(can be replaced by 6k4 / 6j1 / 6j4 / ge5654 / 6ak5 / 6*1n) to make sound warm, dynamic and sweet, bringing extremely high-quality listening experience. With mm signal input and 3.5mm aux input(with priority), can be used as a mm phono preamp and a tube preamp, compatible with many audio devices such as mm record player, phone,tv, mp3 players, cd players, dac, computers etc. to satisfy different demands. Mini size with exquisite appearance, aluminum alloy chassis with better shielding performance and gold-plated terminals with lossless transmission, perfectly suitable for mm record players and other audio sources. Notice: this is only a preamp, which needs to be used with amplifiers or active speakers.

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