Friday, April 9, 2010

Vincent Audio Debuts PHO-8 MC/MM Phono Preamplifier

Vincent Audio Debuts PHO-8 MC/MM Phono Preamplifier

Vincent PHO-8 Phono Preamplifer. High resolution photos avilable here.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (3/30/10) - Vincent Audio has introduced a high quality, affordably priced, two-piece phono preamplifier designed to extract the ultimate sound quality from high end moving coil (MC) and moving magnet (MM) phonograph cartridges. The Vincent Audio PHO-8 phono preamplifier consists of two matching, but separate components -- one a very high quality phono preamplifier section, and the other a physically isolated high performance, low-noise power supply.

When dealing with the vanishingly small signal levels generated by today's high performance moving coil phonograph cartridges, the high-gain signal preamplifier circuits can be extremely vulnerable to noise, especially from the power supply circuits, and this problem is solved by housing the power supply in separate chassis and carefully shield both the power supply and the preamplifier.

The Vincent PHO-8 power supply has a large transformer, large filter capacitors, and a precision voltage regulator that completely eliminate power line ripples. This carefully filtered DC is delivered to the phono preamplifier stage over a shielded cable and a five-pin DIN plug.

The precision phono stage preamplifier uses only the highest quality parts throughout in order to achieve extremely low noise operation. The MM section delivers a greater than 84 dB signal-to-noise ratio, while the MC section delivers greater than 71 dB ratio, with total harmonic distortion of less than 0.02 percent. The preamplifier chassis has two RCA inputs and a ground connection, and two RCA outputs. A two-way front panel switch is used to select MC or MM gain levels. It uses a detachable IEC-style power cord, and is offered in either black or silver finish.

The Vincent PHO-8 is currently available at a suggested retail price of $399.95.

Vincent Audio manufactures high-end audio components that use vacuum tube and hybrid tube/solid-state technology to produce sound that is powerful, accurate, and texturally satisfying. The brand's exclusive North American distributor is WS Distributing, LLC, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information about Vincent Audio, visit WS Distributing's web site at

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Vincent Audio PHO-8 Phono Preamplifier Specifications:

· Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 20 kHz +/- 0.5 dB
· T.H.D.: < 0.05 % (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
· Input Sensitivity: MM 58 mV; MC 6.8 mV
· S/N Ratio: MM > 83 dB; MC > 70 dB
· Input Impedance: MM 47 k Ohm; MC 100 Ohm
· Output Impedance: 250 Ohm
· Max. Voltage Output: 8 V (per channel)
· Amplifier Gain: MM 40 dB; MC 60 dB
· Power Consumption: 10 W
· Weight: 3.3 lbs (power supply); 2.6 lbs. (preamplifier)
· Dimensions: 4.5" wide, 2.3" high, 5.4" deep

WS Distributing, 3427 Kraft SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512 · Dealer Contact: Tom Myers 616.885.9809 · Fax: 616.885.9818 · Toll-Free/Alternate: 866.984.0677