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Rogers PA-1A Phono Preamp - Highly Reviewed and Best Phono Pre Under $15k

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Rogers Pa-1A Phono Preamp - Highly Reviewed And Best Pre Under $15K Preamplifier

Rogers PA-1A Phono Preamp - Highly Reviewed and Best Phono Pre Under $15k

SkyFi 479

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479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


What a LOOKER.  We strongly think you'll agree!

While taking the photos for this listing we couldn't help and just stare at the beauty of this piece.  

The solid, almost glowing red, along with the red on the power button, contrasts against the beefy yet approachable feeling of the solid silver front panel and peak output voltage meters.

This phono preamp was fully tested in our lab and is working perfectly. 

In excellent overall physical condition, including the original box, manual, and power cord.

Snippets from a solid review by Jeff Dorgay over at AnalogAholic:

"As high-end audio continues to get higher priced, it is refreshing to find a company that is offering world-class sonics and state-of-the-art build quality at a reasonable price. Every Rogers component is built by hand, lovingly packaged, and even includes a nice card from the person who built it. The Rogers PA-1A is a great reminder that quality manufacturing is not dead in America.

The PA-A1 uses three tubes per channel, a 6GH8, a 12AX7 and the final gain stage uses either a 12AX7 or 12AU7. Rogers supplies both so you can adjust the gain to your taste. With the 12AU7, the PA-A1 has 58 dB of gain, which will be more than enough for MC cartridges having an output of around 0.5 mV. The 12AX7 provides about 10 dB more gain, but it’s slightly noisier, so it is a tradeoff.

Don’t hang too much on the ultimate gain figures, though; take total system gain into consideration before dismissing 58 dB as “not enough gain.” When using the Robert Koda K-10 preamplifier and the ARC REF 5 SE—which both feature 6 dB gain via the single-ended inputs (the PA-1A is a single-ended design)—I find myself cranking the volume a bit higher than I would normally with the ARC REF Phono 2 SE, but both of these linestages have a very low noise floor. The Burmester and CJ linestages at my disposal have 18 and 21 dB of gain, respectively, so the PA-1A’s 58 dB is enough even with low-output MC cartridges.

However, there is a Goldilocks solution. That second tube can be substituted for the NOS 12AV7, which offers a bit more gain than the 12AU7 and a lower noise floor. “The 12AV7 is a great tube,” says Gibboni, “but I didn’t want to build a product around tubes that are not readily available. I can sell you a pair of 12AV7s for about $90 while my supply lasts.

While the PA-1A technically has one input, if you were using a second table with a moving-magnet cartridge, you could plug two tables into the PA-1A—which is exactly what I do.

Thanks to front-panel loading and capacitance adjustments, it’s a snap to dial your favorite MM cartridge to your liking."

• Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB deviation from the RIAA curve, 10 Hz to 20 kHz
• Gain: 50 dB- 65 dB selectable thru input tube selection, both 12AU7 and 12AX7 supplied
• Input Impedance: Moving Magnet- 47 K ohm, Moving Coil-transformer input with front panel selectable cartridge loading. 100 ohm – 1 Meg ohm, 100 pF- 500 pF
• Input Jacks- unbalanced RCA
• Output Impedance: 1 K ohm- 1 Meg ohm
• Output Jacks- unbalanced RCA
• Noise Floor: 0.1 microvolt, input referenced, A-weighted and un-shorted
• Signal to Noise Ratio: 90 dB at 20 mV input
• Channel Isolation: 75 dB minimum
• Tube Compliment: 2- 12AU7, 12AV7 or 12AX7 (user selectable), 2- 12AX7, 2-6GH8
• Front Panel Controls: MC cartridge loading, MM or MC mode select, Mute switch
• Weight: 17 Lbs
• Dimensions: 18” width, 10” depth, 7” height
• M.S.R.P. - $7400

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SKU: 100597