Tube preamplifier
“The Phono”

Experience your vinyl records afresh! Connect your turntable, power amplifier, and speakers with our tube preamplifier to elevate your audio landscape and experience music in its purest form.
So, what sets “The Phono” apart, aside from its high-quality construction and Bauhaus-style design?
Quite simply, you do. Select a colour scheme that fits with your living space and decide how to integrate “The Phono” in your environment. With discreetly recessed connections and cable leads, you can orientate the “The Phono” either vertically or horizontally.
Order your personalized masterpiece here and we will craft it for you in our Kassel-based workshop.

Base price:

2.475,00 €

incl. VAT. Includes 394,17 € VAT (19%).

Configure Now

Product details of the tube preamplifier

Our tube preamplifier, “The Phono”, can be configured in white, black, or anthracite at the specified price. Other RAL colour options are available on request for an additional charge to ensure seamless integration with your room design. Exceptional execution ensures all our preamplifiers offer high-quality music enjoyment for decades to come, however, for particularly discerning vinyl enthusiasts, we can incorporate additional premium materials. For more detailed technical information about “The Phono,” click here to access our product configurator. You can also arrange a demonstration at one of our audio partners, AES in Kassel or Musikkammer in Willich.

  • Tube Configuration 2 x ECC 83, 2 x ECC 88
    • Input Impedances: Configurable from 47 kΩ to 1 kΩ using jumpers
    • Input Capacities: Configurable from 47 pF to 470 pF using jumpers
    • Gain Factor MM / MC: Configurable at 42 dB and 48 dB using jumpers
    • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): Below 0.03% with respect to 0.7 V output voltage
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: MM: > 78 dBV, MC: > 72 dBV
    • RIAAbDeviation: ± 0.5 dB
  • Subsonic Filter: Yes – Starting from 12 Hz
  • Input / Output: RCA Connectors
  • External Power Supply
    • Input Voltage: 115 V / 230 V
    • Power Consumption: 38 VA, Standby: 0 W
  • Features
    • Constructed with Painted 3 mm Steel Sheet
    • Dimensions (WxHxD): 23 x 13.2 x 32.8 cm
    • Weight: Phono unit approximately 5.3 kg, Power supply approximately 1.7 kg
    • Standard Colors: White, Gray, Black; Custom colors (RAL) available in the workshop.

  • The amplifier unit and the power supply are constructed separately and connected with special, low-interference cables.
  • We recommend placing “The Phono” directly next to your turntable as this ensures short signal paths for the low-level signal currents from the cartridge to the phono preamplifier.
  • Flexible orientation, whether vertical or horizontal, allows for harmonious integration into any room design.

High-quality components

Manufactured from exceptionally thick colour-customisable sheet steel, the chassis of “The Phono” provides strong magnetic shielding and excellent device stability. Solid copper RCA connectors ensure material integrity, with the option for gold, silver, or rhodium plating on request.

Tube preamplifier improves sound quality

To prevent sound distortion, audioCulture has developed a custom external power supply with active filtering and special cables to provide the preamplifier with clean, smoothed power.
Other distortion reducing features include a “subsonic” input filter, silver-plated conductive components, and a Teflon circuit board for improved isolation. Highly stable mica capacitors in all sound-influencing signal paths complete the picture, supporting extremely low tolerances with “The Phono” using fewer, high quality components throughout to ensure consistent music enjoyment over many decades.

Reduced interference and distortion-free performance

To compensate for any interference, the output transformers of “The Phono” are hand-wound and use a double-coil cut-core design. Thanks to a special wideband winding technique, they cover a frequency range from 15 to 150,000 Hz. Silver-plated copper shielding further minimizes high-frequency disturbances while the nanocrystalline material of the core ensures distortion-free performance at low frequencies.

Bluetooth expansion for wireless active speakers

Thanks to its special input stage, “The Phono” offers low output impedance without feedback and low noise. Place it near your turntable to ensure short signal paths for low cartridge voltages and enjoy clean transmission over long cables to the power amplifier.
For a connection with wireless active speakers, “The Phono” also includes a high-quality Bluetooth connection compatible with the Bluetooth 24-bit standard.
For an even greater soundscape, the tube preamplifier can be combined with our tube integrated amplifier “The Universal”.

Excellent sound, unique design

Tube preamplifier
“The Phono”

Product configuration tube preamplifier

Please note that according to § 312d para. 4 BGB, there is no right of withdrawal for custom-made products. By confirming your order information, you acknowledge that production will commence immediately after payment and it is therefore impossible to change or cancel the order after this point.

Product features

7 kg

Dimensions (WxHxD) 23×13,2×32,8 cm


RCA connectors

MC low output transformer

Output transformer cores

Bluetooth 5.0 24-bit

Total price

2.475,00 €

incl. VAT. Includes 394,17 € VAT (19%).

Billing details