Gato Audio PPA-1 Phono Preamplifier
High End Fully Balanced, 2-Input Phono Stage
" Transforming tiny vinyl grooves into a huge musical experience as the PPA-1 does, requires a sophisticated attention to detail. We did our utmost to bring forward such attention, drawing from all of our experience designing circuits, but we also consulted some of the brightest minds within analog design outside of our company to achieve this absolutely magnificent phono stage. It features a hybrid of discrete and IC based amplifier circuits, including a newly developed discrete push pull FET based balanced output stage !"
Our Reference in Vinyl Playback
One of 99 Originals - Limited Edition
For delivery in December 2023, we are building 99 PPA-1 phono preamplifiers. These are all limited edition units with an extended and transferable 10 year warranty, and a special One of 99 Originals engraving. If you preorder before July 1st, there is even a 165 euro saving!
Preorder Perks !
Be one of the first 99 original owners of the PPA-1 by preordering now. You will get a special edition with the following perks:
10 Years of Extended Warranty
Special Limited Edition unit marked with "One of 99 Originals"
Preorder now and save 165 EUR
Delivery in December 2023
Current Mode Moving Coil Input Stage
Consuming and amplifying the natural resource of an MC cartridge, the current, offers not only the automatically best load for each model of cartridge, but also ensures noise level and oscillation are at an absolute minimum.
MM Capacitive Load Setting
Load of the MM input is 47kOhm and the capacitive load can be adjusted between 100pf and 790pf via the knob at the front or the remote control.
Standard gain for MM inputs is 46dB and MC it is between 61-66dB, depending on cartridge impedance. A further gain control of a healthy +15dB is available for those low output cartridges that never seem to follow any reasonable output standards.
Two Inputs with Memorized Settings
The PPA-1 features two fully configurable inputs, with all settings automatically saved for each input. You can connect two of your favorite turntables, or a turntable with two arms, without having to compromise your selection of cartridge type or readjust settings every time you change from one to another.
Dedicated Headphone Amplifier
Enjoy the intimacy of the vinyl grooves directly in a pair of quality headphones via the front mounted 6.3mm jack. A separate discreetly built headphone amplifier with analog volume control will ensure top notch performance, while the line level outputs automatically deactivate.
Summary of Main Features
Two cartridge inputs, each with memorized settings
Low noise current MC input circuit
Capacitor load setting for MM input
Gain setting for each input
Balanced FET output stage
Volume controlled headphone output, 6,3mm Jack
12V standby trigger
Designed, developed and built in Copenhagen, Denmark®k
OUTPUT LINE LEVEL
Unbalanced: 2.2V (0dB)
Balanced: 4.4V (0dB)
MC: 61-66dB (depending on cartridge impedance)
0dB, +3dB, +6dB, +9dB, +12dB, 15dB
MM: 47 Kohm / MC: N/A
(MM) 100pf, 220pf, 320pf, 470pf, 570pf, 790pf
THD + N
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO
12V in and out
UNBALANCED ANALOGUE INPUTS
MM OR MC - 2 pairs of gold-plated RCA stereo
UNBALANCED ANALOGUE OUTPUT
1 pair of gold-plated RCA stereo
BALANCED ANALOGUE OUTPUT
1 pair gold-plated XLR Neutrik
UNBALANCED HEADPHONE OUTPUT
1 pc 6,3mm jack (with volume control)
TRIGGER, 12 V - IN
1 pc mini jack
TRIGGER, 12 V - OUT
1 pc mini jack
1 pc mini jack
SIZE AND WEIGHT
115 VAC/230 VAC, 50 Hz/60 Hz, <60W max
POWER CONSUMPTION STDB/IDLE/MAX
325 x 105 x 420 mm / 12.8 x 4.1 x 16.5"
10 kg / 22 lb
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