From Florence comes news of a new high-performance phono stage from Gold Note. The PH-1000 is a full-width component that puts a digital interface in front of an all-discrete Class A phono pre-amplification circuit for up to 74dB of gain, loading from 10 Ohms to 100 kOhms, capacitance up to 1000pF, a 10Hz/36dB rumble filter, variable stereo/mono mixing and L/R channel swap.
Old school bragging rights come by way of a whopping 18 EQ curves – ideal for anyone rocking records dating back to the first half of the last century. (However, the industry-standard RIAA curve will be more than sufficient for 99% of vinyl enthusiasts). And yet Gold Note take it further still with user-determinable EQ curve customisation.
From the press release: “There are 4 EQ curve setups that can be manually adjusted by acting on three main parameters (turnover bass, bass shelf and treble cut) using exclusively analogue technology. Each curve can also be further customised using the proprietary “Enhanced” function which comes from the Neumann Cutting Lathe project and provides superior dynamic and high-frequency extension.”
The front panel’s 6.4mm headphone socket is connected to the PH-1000’s dedicated headphone amplification circuit that offers low or high gain modes. On the back panel, we note three separate phono inputs, two of which come with a choice of single-ended RCA or balanced XLR connectivity. A third RCA pair (or the second XLR pair) can talk to Gold Note’s optional line-level module.
The PH-1000 will sell for €9600. The line-level module adds €3900 to the asking price. Your choice of gold or black.
Further information: Gold Note