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The Era Gold V phono stage preamp is for moving magnet, moving iron and high output moving coil phono cartridges in the range 2mV to 10mV.

Now in its 9th year, it is one of the very few phono stage preamps ever to remain in Stereophile magazine's class-A recommended section for four years! It still features as a Stereophile recommended product.

The Hi-Fi News 2005 Award for best phono stage: Elevator EXP plus Era Gold VIt was also Hi-Fi News 2005 award winner along with the Elevator EXP. (click here for bigger image)

A fixed gain RIAA phono stage preamp, the Era Gold V marked a "sea change" in phono stage preamp design. The Era Gold V pushed bandwidth wide open, something phono stage preamps just didn't do! It brought high stability video frequency technology to vinyl to the surprise of many. Musical boundaries were broken down to reveal sound-scapes extending well beyond the listening room! And from normal commercial pressings at that!

It also brought about an understanding about "burn-in" that few hi-fi enthusiasts had known before. Burn-in was well understood by precision ADC (analogue to digital) chip technology engineers early in development history. Common electronic components like resistors had been found to take as long as six months to settle to the point of maximum accuracy. Those reviewers patient enough discovered the secret depths of the Era Gold V phono stage preamp, which after 3 weeks being constantly on, delivered hitherto unknown levels of vinyl musicality

Input range: 2mV to 10mV

Output (for input range): 252mV to 1,260mV (1.26V)

Maximum input: 39mV rms

Maximum output: 4.914V rms

Gain: 42dB (126) at 1kHz

Input impedance: 47k Ohms plus 100pf

Output (driving/source) impedance: 910 Ohm

Recommended load impedance: 10k Ohm or greater

Noise at output: -65dB CCIR Q-pk

Distortion: 0.02%

RIAA accuracy: <0.5dB

Channel balance: 0.2dB

Channel separation: 64dB

Size: (approx.) W: 107 x H: 50 x D: 180 (mm) inc. jacks

Brilliant mid-range phono stage

Graham Slee Gold Era V (with or without PSU1)