Parks Audio Budgie Tube Phono Preamp

$ 399

A Budgie testimonial:I really want to thank you again. I so agonized over what to do about a phono stage. And the price of most tube phono stages is just ludicrous. And what you produced for me just blows me away. More so as the tubes break in. I cant thank you enough. Another from a customer in Europe:Today we received our phonostage we ordered. It was in great condition and sounded great out of the box and it became better and better during the evening. So in a couple of months we will order another one for me. The first thing that struck me was the huge soundstage with very nice midrange and really deep bass. Very organic and holographic sound. Pretty amazing basically. Thank you for a high end product for a very reasonable price. Keep up the good work. Its not a kit, but a commercial unit from Parks Audio. This Budgie was designed, manufactured, tested and calibrated by me, Shannon Parks, in the USA. Pictures are of a representative unit. Youve got the turntable. Youve got a few nice carts. The arm is dialed in. And youve got more than a few LPs. So why are you using a 60 cent op amp in your phono preamp? Dont be fooled by other low cost tube phono preamps that use a 12AX7 as window dressing for an op amp design. At a glance: - Single-ended, Class A, all vacuum tube audio path - Passive RIAA equalization with hand matched components - Uses external 6DJ86922 tubes for ease of tube rolling- Exacta™ monotonic loading system allows 16 different loading choices per gain setting- Quiet DC filaments - Muting circuit at start up and power off to eliminate pops and thermal noise - 24 hour burn-in of preamp and tubes - Powered with an external 12V mini-desktop supply - Comes with two year warranty from Parks Audio - Made in the USA MM cart and preamp manufacturers may recommend a one-size-fits-all 47K load, but a smaller or larger load resistance could be optimal for your cart. Your MM cartridge may not be loaded properly, causing a tinny, thin sound, or maybe an overly rolled off sound. For example, the Grado color line of MM carts sound much better with a lower resistance load, say 12k to 20k. A Stanton 681EEE might hit the sweet spot at a higher resistance around 70k. The Budgies Exacta load lets you easily adjust the load setting with a fingernail or pen to the correctly calculated loading, or just lets you tweak the cart by ear. Also note that the Exacta is perfect for tweaking the load impedance for your MC cart when used with your external SUT. Look at the chart to see the Exacta load settings that are available. The reflected impedance for the two different ratios is listed in ohms. Dont have your own external step up transformer but want a Budgie capable of supporting low and medium output moving coil cartridges? Checkout the Parks Audio Budgie SUT with 1:18 and 1:36 step up ratios, showcasing Cinemag transformers. This extends the Budgies gain selection to 38dB in MM mode, 59dB gain in LO MC mode, and 65dB gain in HI MC mode. Have a question? Please go ahead and contact me. Im happy to talk hifi and to see if the Budgie is a right fit for you and your system. SpecificationsTubes: Two matched 6922 Electro-Harmonix tubes (included) Gain: 38dBInput Impedance: 47K, adjustable Output Impedance: 6K ohm RIAA Accuracy: +-0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz Distortion: less than 0.1% at 1kHz with 30mVrms input SNR: 73dBA with 5mV input Overload: Minimum headroom of 200mVrms at 1kHzWarranty: Two year Power: 7W Input Voltage: 100 to 240VAC with external 12VDC supply (included w EU or OZ adapters free upon request)Weight: 2.5 lbs Size: 7.75”L x 5.5”W x 4.5”H

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