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I have owned this preamp for several years. I'm upgrading to a Klyne SK5A. As a musician, digitally recreated music is what I hear 90% of the time. I can't tell you what a treat it is to take off my "work ears" and just relax with the rich natural sounds of my LP's coming through this pre-amp. A mute/operate switch is missing. It's a simple DIY replacement but it doesn't affect the performance. Other than that the unit is clean and completely functional.
Sonically, the PH1 is simply the most neutral device of its kind. Although solid-state in its architecture, the final design was realized for its sonic attributes - the way it musically involves the listener.
The purpose of a phono preamp is very simple. to deliver a lin-level output to the line-stage preamplifier, which is why the control functions on the PH1 have been kept to a minimun.
One Audio Research PH1 High Definition Phono Preamplifier
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