Tested with our PSU-1000 and our TUBE 1006 output stage, the PH-1000 has been widely praised by High Fidelity Polonia, which has recognized it as Best Product 2021.
"The PH-1000 is a really amazing Phono Stage. The Gold Note team deserves a great deal of congratulation for creating the "monster", one of the most versatile and best phono preamps on the market, whose sound can be further enhanced and/or modified using the proprietary external power supply [ PSU-1000 ] and the valve output stage [ TUBE 1006 ]."
Well, PH-1000 is also the Phono Stage of the Year according to Sound + Image Awards, as: " Phono stage that caters not only to any cartridge under the sun but also to any piece of vinyl, thanks to 44 customisable EQ options in addition to the two main RIAA curves. Gold Note’s PH-1000 is a simply superb performer".
And, last but not least, DYI Hifi Life wonders:" Is PH-1000 the Best Phono preamp?" If you are curious about the answer to this challenging question, enjoy the entire video review!
The PH-1000 is simply the best Phono Stage we have ever created, a unique piece of audio engineering designed to be innovative in every possible way and 100% made in Italy. Featuring Class-A exclusive discrete components, a Class-A headphone output, +40 EQ curves preset, 4 custom EQ curves manually adjustable, and the high-quality Class-A line preamp which comes as an optional.
For the first time ever, you will be able to play virtually any record the way it’s meant to be thanks to more than 40 EQ curves available, or even customize the EQ curves manually by adjusting three main parameters – that’s why the PH-1000 is a complete game-changer, opening a new era in vinyl reproduction.
Perfect cartridge matching
With 7 Gain and 12 Load levels, as well as 6 Capacitance options dedicated to MM cartridges, it is the ideal phono stage for high-performance analogue systems, capable of driving even the most exotic of cartridges with perfect synergy, making the PH-1000 a professional instrument for high- end studio recording.
On top of that, you can change settings and make ultra-fine adjustments, including the EQ curve, on the go by simply using the SKC and the display as you are playing music. Our innovative technology allows the best ease of use while preserving entirely the sound quality as it works in the analogue domain: the interface is digital and independent from the audio path, which is completely analogue. The result is an ultra- low noise phono stage with high gain and no audio filters.
All the functionalities are in fact managed through discrete audio-grade components and sealed single switches, always shortening the signal path to deliver superior audio quality and extract even the finest details from the vinyl record. Powered by our custom firmware, the PH-1000 can be easily updated via computer when necessary.
The PH-1000 offers 3 independent inputs, two RCA and one XLR. There are also 2 other inputs, one RCA and one XLR, that can be used either for the external load plugs for even finer control of the Load or as line inputs on the PH-1000 with Preamp.
Add the other functionalities, such as the Headphone Output, the Stereo/Mono control with phase inversion, the L/R Channel Swap and the Rumble Subsonic Filter and here you have it, the most advanced phono stage on the market.
The level of quality meets the highest standard throughout the entire production: from the aluminium ultra-solid chassis machined with precision to the electronic components and circuitry that undergo strict QC computer-controlled tests.
40+ EQ curves
RIAA, Capitol, Columbia/CBS, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca London USA, Decca London UK and Decca Mono 78rpm, Epic, HMW, Mercury, RCA Victor, Philips, Elektra, L’Oliseau-Lyre, Parlophone, and more. Each curve can be “enhanced” with our proprietary technology inspired by the Neumann Cutting Lathe for superior dynamic and musicality.
The PH-1000 shows every detail on the colour display powered by our proprietary firmware. With the SKC [ Single Knob Control technology ] and the display, you have an intuitive system to easily control the phono stage and quickly make fine-adjustments without even interrupting the playback.
You can now enjoy the shortest audio path ever with the PH-1000, your turntable and your headphones – that’s all you need for the audio signal to go from the vinyl directly into your headphones without the need of additional stages.
For the most demanding audiophiles, the PH-1000 can also be further enhanced with our external power supply PSU-1250/PSU- 1000, or even the external tube output stage TUBE-1012/TUBE-1006, to reach the highest level of musical realism in terms of dynamic, details, and imaging.
Frequency response : 20 Hz – 20 KHz
EQ Curves : 20+ EQ presets, 4 custom setups ( infinite variable curves ), all with “Enhanced” option @ +/- 0.3 dB max.
THD ( Total Harmonic Distortion ) : <0.01% MAX
Signal to noise ratio : -100 dB
Dynamic range : 110 dB
Output impedance : 50 Ω
Subsonic filter : 10 Hz/ 36 dB octave ( On / Off )
Mono/Stereo Stereo, Stereo 180°, Mono, Mono 180°, Mono L
Channel Swapping : R / L, L / R
IR receiver : for multifunctional remote control
1 x RCA ( @1Volt )
1 x XLR ( @4Volt )
1 x Output Stereo for Tube ( balanced GN ) for optional TUBE-1012 & TUBE-1006
Dual-Mono linear power supply 100-240V with automatic selection
Power consumption: 30 watt
PSU Input for external power supply Gold Note PSU-1250 & PSU-1000
2 x RCA ( 0.1mV MC up to 8.0mV MM )
1 x XLR ( 0.1mV MC up to 8.0mV MM )
Load : 12 options [ 100KΩ, 75KΩ, 47KΩ, 33KΩ, 22KΩ, 1KΩ, 470Ω, 220Ω, 100Ω, 47Ω, 22Ω,10Ω ]
Capacitance MM : 100pF, 150pF, 220pF, 330pF, 470pF, 1000pF
Gain : 65 dB MC, 40 dB MM with 7 options [-9 dB, -6 dB, -3 dB, 0 dB, +3 dB, +6 dB, +9 dB]
RCA IN 1: Phono stereo unbalanced
RCA IN 2: Phono stereo unbalanced
RCA IN 3: External Load/ Line stereo unbalanced
XLR IN 1: Phono stereo balanced
XLR IN 2: External Load / Line stereo balanced
Dimensions & weight
Dimensions : 16.9" ( W ) x 5.3" ( H ) x 14.7" ( D )
Weight : 12 Kg - 26.5 lbs - net
Finishes : Brushed Aluminum available in Black, Silver or Gold
PSU-1250/1000 Ext. Inductive Power Supply
TUBE-1012/1006 Valve Output Stage
20+ EQ Curves dedicated to Stereo, Mono and 78 rpm records, or Flat.
4 manually adjustable EQ Curve setups
Enhanced option ON/OFF ( Neumann Cutting Lathe )
6 Capacitance Levels
100pF, 150pF, 220pF, 330pF, 470pF, 1000pF to finely match any MM cartridge.
Rumble Subsonic Filter: ON/OFF
Reduces distortion at low frequencies and prevents uncontrolled vibrations of the drivers.
The PH-1000 Deluxe version comes with a pure Class-A preamp stage, adding 1 RCA and 1 XLR input to be used with other audio sources ( DACs, Streamers, CD players ) for unprecedented versatility.
Shipping weight & dimensions: 26" x 26" x 14", 41 lb