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Phono Preamplifier

Simple circuitry, Passive high-frequency equalization

In recent years, following CD's introduction, vinyl recordings are almost disappeared. Nevertheless, a phono preamplifier is still useful for listening old vinyl discs from a well preserved collection. This simple but efficient circuit devised for cheap moving-magnet cartridges, can be used in connection with the audio power amplifiers shown in these web pages, featuring low noise, good RIAA frequency response curve, low distortion and good high frequency transients behavior due to passive equalization in the 1 to 20 KHz range.

Circuit Diagram:

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R1 = 47K
R2 = 100R
R2 = 6.8K
R4 = 68K
R5 = 2.7K-1/2W
R6 = 2.7K-1/2W
R7 = 2.2K
R8 = 39K
C1 = 100uF-25V
C2 = 100uF-25V
C3 = 100uF-25V
C4 = 47nF-63V
C5 = 47nF-63V
D1 = BZX79C18
D2 = BZX79C18
Q1 = BC337
Q2 = BC327
J1 = RCA Jack
IC1 = LM833, Opamp

  • R2, R3, R4, R7, R8, C4 & C5 should be low tolerance types.
  • Schematic shows left channel and power supply.
  • For stereo operation R1, R2, R3, R4, R7, R8; J1; C1, C4 & C5 must be doubled.
  • Numbers in parentheses show IC1 right channe

Source : www.redcircuits.com