Don't look for a puny 'wall-wart' power supply accompanying Vincent's gorgeous sounding and beautiful looking PHO-8 MM/MC phono preamplifier. Instead of including a standard wall adapter or incorporating an underpowered AC supply under the hood, the German-based audiophile company went all the way with a superb sonic solution. The PHO-8 uses a significant external power supply housed in a separate chassis for a no-compromise approach to sound quality. Feeling is believing. The power unit weighs around three pounds and has impressive heft when held in the hand. Thanks to a massive transformer and superior power regulation, AC power line ripples and interference are completely eliminated. The PHO-8's power supply unit connects to the phono stage unit via a five-pin DIN-plug. This dual chassis approach is one of the major factors that makes the PHO-8 such a superior component. The separate-chassis phono stage unit accommodates both MM moving magnet and MC moving coil cartridges. A front panel switch lets you choose between them. High-quality parts are used throughout the construction for 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%. Both the power supply and the preamp units boast an exemplary metal case that testifies to the quality of the PHO-8. The attractive 10mm-thick aluminum front panel follows the design of Vincent's PremiumLine series. Stack 'em to conserve space . They look great together. The PHO-8 includes one pair of RCA inputs plus a ground, and one pair of RCA outputs. It also includes a detachable IEC-style power cord and a rear-panel fuse.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Takes my vinyl to a new plateau. The music sounds great. Could not be happier with this little unit. Would recommend this as an addition to anyone.
Extremely satisfied with this phono stage. It is well constructed and very quiet with the separate power supply. Selectable for both MM and MC cartridges it offers good flexibility. It is inky black and silent in the open passages and provides a massive upgrade from even the pretty excellent (for what it is) phono stage on my Harman Kardon receiver. Dynamics are excellent, highs are airy and detailed, and bass extension is accurate and very present. This is an outstanding phono pre for very very short money.
Although I've only used this unit with MM & MI cartridges the Vincent PHO-8 performs admirably in its given task. Given the outboard power supply and solid build this phono-stage produces a very stable and quiet noise floor. It is comparable to units costing much more and at its present price is quite the steal ...........
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