Gold Note PH-1000 phono preamplifier Specifications

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Description: Single box, balanced phono preamplifier with dual-mono linear power supply and optional line inputs (one RCA, one XLR). Other available options include two tubed output stages and two power supplies. Multifunction remote control included. Inputs: two stereo pair RCA, one stereo pair XLR. Outputs: one stereo pair RCA, one stereo pair XLR. Gain (user-selectable): 40dB MM, 65dB MC ±3dB, ±6dB, ±9dB. Resistive loading, RCA (12 options): 100k, 75k, 47k, 33k, 22k, 1k, 470, 220, 100, 47, 22, or 10 ohms + external load; XLR (8 options): 47k, 1k, 470, 220, 100, 47, 22, or 10 ohms + external load. Capacitive loading: 0, 100, 150, 220, 330, 470, 1000pF. EQ: 18 preset, 4 custom EQ curves, plus Neumann option (on/off). Maximum output level: 2.5V RMS. THD: <0.01%. S/N ratio: 100dB. Dynamic range: 110dB. Output impedance: unbalanced, 100 ohms; balanced, 300 ohms. Power consumption: 30W.
Dimensions: 17" (430mm) W × 5.3" (135mm) H × 14.5" (375mm) D. Weight: 26.4lb (12kg), 37.4lb (17kg) shipping.
Finish: Black, silver, gold.
Serial number of unit reviewed: 75209.
Price: $11,999 as equipped. Approximate number of US dealers: 25.
Manufacturer: Gold Note Italy, 156 Via Virginio, Montespertoli 50025 (Fi), Italy. Tel: +39 0571 675005. Web: goldnote.it. US distributor: Rutherford Audio, 14 Inverness Drive East, Unit G-108, Englewood, CO 80112. Web: rutherfordaudio.com.

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Gold Note Italy
US distributor: Rutherford Audio
14 Inverness Drive East, Unit G-108
Englewood, CO 80112
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johnnythunder1's picture

The aesthetics, engineering methodology, Michael Fremer's existence, the price, the country of origin, its comparison to other phono stages costing 10-50x less, and other random complaints hasn't brought out the trolls yet.

MatthewT's picture

You know what they are going to say, too.

kg's picture

Given the unprecedented nature of the current events, I advise you to proceed with utmost caution, my dear friend.

MatthewT's picture

Elaborate on this post.

Jack L's picture

Hi

You've said it: the invasion of Ukraine by Russia yesterday, killing 57 & wounded 160 people as of today as per BBC News

Jack L

JHL's picture

We've known for decades of the difference between data and sound. For the sake of great sound I hope this publication redevelops this fundamental dichotomy. It is real.

Many assume data speaks for sound.

Jack L's picture

Hi

Agreed. But not for yours truly: data & sound go the extremely polarized directions.

Standard bench test data are obtained by feeding pure sinewaves, square waves or triangular waves into the component under test. This I would call it static test.

Music signals are not pure sinewaves at all: comprising basic sinewave plus multi orders of harmonics, ever dynamically changing.

So it is therefore comparing apple to orange - irrelevant ! So how can we "assume data speaks for sound" ??????

If you get the chance to look at the 3-D waveforms of a realtime music signal, like I have, you will see how complex would be a music signal, ever dynamically changing.

May I suggst you to read up papers on the complex multiple 3-D positioned visualization of music signal. to learn more about it, e.g.

"3D musical notation - providng visual cues for musical analysis".

Listening, not data alone, is believing

Jack L

JHL's picture

...but I can't find a place to interject in an argument against everything simultaneously.

Jack L's picture

Hi

Apparently most money gone to the 'unique' feature of RIAA curves (40+) adjustment to tailor-match old/new LP labels.

"Deutsche Grammophon records used the DG/Teldec curve well into the stereo era, and that's why DG records tend to sound dull played back using RIAA." qtd M.F.

I am not so sure of above quote appliable to my DGG collection. In fact, quite a few my DGG LPs sound so so good that I've used them as my sonic reference: open, balanced & livelike.

Just quote 3 excellent sounding DGG LPs:-

(1) Beethoven No.1 Piano Concerto/Arturo Michelangeli/Vienna Symphony/Carlo Goilini. Live performance recording 21/9/1979
The piano sounds so crystal-transparent, best of all my piano LPs

(2) Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra/Boston Symphony/William Steinberg 1971.
The performance starting sub-bass notes (20Hz?) solidly crawl toward me, followed immediately by kettle drum beats - sharp & powerful !!!!!

(3) Strawinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps/Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert V Karajan 1977. Powerful sharp percussions !

Only played throu my home-brew phono-preamp (MM input/non-adjustable passive RIAA). I got no problem sonically with all my DGG LPs at all.

Listening is believing

Jack L

remlab's picture

WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO!!

Jack L's picture

Hi

Yes, my first glance at the compact enclosed power supply hinted me it should be a wall wart type switch mode power supply !! Nooo good for any analogue amps, let alone phono preamp, IMO.

Yes, compact, handy & cheap but it emits EMI/RFI noises into the amp. I'd never use such SMPS in any of my audio amps. Get an external analogue linear power supply would be the way to go.

Jack L

Archimago's picture

Dunno man. This fear of SMPS as being noisy doesn't mKe much sense these days. Even some of the cheapest SMPS wall warts don't emit much RF/EMI any more.

Would love to see what evidence there is for such a belief and with what power supply and analog gear susceptible to this.

Jack L's picture

Hi

Really? Your home-brew science or your imagination ?

I tested with my digital wideband EMI & powerline noise analyser. It shows RF noise surge in the powerline powering any digital devices using wall warts or similar SMPS.

This physics !!!!!!!

Jack L

Archimago's picture

Yes, it's physics.

And IMO you're worried about imaginary ultrasonic stuff.

Show me otherwise cuz I don't know anyone who is able to reliably tell a difference. (People claim all kinds of things like yourself but have nothing to show for it.)

Jack L's picture

Hi

It's your call, pal.

You challenged me SMPS does not emit RFI/EMI/powerline noises. Now I tell you again such powerline noise DO exist as shown on the screen of my digital wideband powerline noise & EMI analysis.

Frankly, you don't apparently even know such commonly used instrument to analyse poweline noises do exist at all.

Be my guest if YOU or whoever lend a deaf ear. None of my business.

Jack L

tonykaz's picture

Canada is now under Martial Law

Ukraine isn't joining NATO, no bullets flying

This Italian buggy whip gets barely noticed.

Tony in Florida

MatthewT's picture

Haiku.

Glotz's picture

Almost.. But there is no beauty in those words.

Archimago's picture

I'm sure we'll this sorted by Spring Break! Come visit. ;-) Although I think it's much nicer this time of the year down in Florida.

Jack L's picture

Hi

What "spring break" ?

You mean March break when school/universities close down a week or more provding private times for students' families.

Yes, there is a "family day" coming Monday, the 3rd Monday every February, a provincial public holiday with salary fully paid.

Jack L

Archimago's picture

It's on the school calendar from March 14-25 for the families with kids.

Jack L's picture

Hi

Rumour or misinformation-on-line ?

So called "Freedom Convoy" at Ottawa, Canada capital city, is already done like dinner a couple of days ago. Those behind-the-seen financiers, including a few from USA, for such illegal "convoy" are already tracked down & their convoy monies are already frozen.

We should worry more about the Canada/USA border road block by the trucks due to their drivers not yet vaccinated. 70% of goods trades Canada/USA is done by trucking thru the border every day !!!!

We already felt the pinch: our grocery & food prices soar up like nobody's business !!!

Thanks to those drivers' "freedom" conscience !!!

Jack L

tonykaz's picture

Yes, we have that problem with our legacy press. ( not Stereophile though )

One of the Canadian MPs reported to his YouTube Channel that Parliament has been suspended.

The Industrial Report on the Trucking Industry ( USA ) reveals that we have about 2,000,000 Live Breathing Truck Drivers today. We have 3,500,000 Semi Trucks available. ( an acute driver shortage )
Additionally, we have all the West Coast Entry Ports at FULL capacity with a critical shortage of derage drivers ( the short range drivers that haul the Containers from the Port to locations within 50 miles ).

Truck Drivers are mostly Unionised, 80% are small companies of 6 or less. Politically, Drivers are considered the "Deplorable" Class ! They stay connected thru modern communication devices. Most Over the Road Rigs are fully Internet Capable and have a wide range of connectivity tools. The Canadian Freedom Convoy is the 1st of a Global Series of these types of Events. Another One is now forming up to go from California to Washington. Expect the Farmers to share in this as they typically operate two or three Semi Truck rigs.

Heavy Trucks and Diesel engine related Industries are the World I lived in so I still follow these developments.

It's said and thought that the Stores have 3 Days of goods, if the Trucks Stop rolling -- all hell breaks loose .

It's time to be careful

Tony in Florida

Briandrumzilla's picture

It is an explosioney, but mostly peaceful war.

tonykaz's picture

Tony in Florida

Kursun's picture

A phono preamplifier priced at $12.000 with very very poor overload margin? Doesn't make sense at all.

Jack L's picture

Hi

Well, it makes tons Money Sense to the Italian manufacturers/vendors. Profiteering I would call it.

Italian leisure goods are always expensive, including audios.

I still recall I spent some US$40, 1/5 of my monthly salary for a Valentino silk tie some 40 years back.

For such money, I've gone for French goods: Lacoste (the green Alligator logo) T-shirts of diffenent colours, soft-leather sneakers, etc.

For my pocket wallet, Louis Vuitton of course ! Genuine soft leather made with its serial number inside itm, like any audio components !!

Jack L

Kursun's picture

Well...
If a product is expensive but good I wouldn't object.
I have a 30 year old Lacoste sweatshirt that I still wear.

But, if a product costs $12.000 and displays a sub-mediocre performance, this is a problem.

Jack L's picture

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volvic's picture

It is priced six times higher than the PH-10, I wonder is it six times better? This is a serious question as the PH-10 has garnered rave reviews from others and appears to offer similar flexibility. Curious.

Anton's picture

The compulsion to mix politics into Hi Fi is a classic sign of impending dementia.

Just saying.

tonykaz's picture

are you angry relating to the median age of us 33.3 people ?

Your opinion is probably accurate, vinyl people are fully captured by the hobbies of our post WW11 youth and a certain fondness of "I like Ike" memories.

Your diagnosis should include neurosis & psychosis which are the prevailing qualities of our Reviewed Gear buying readership. ( myself included )

Tony in paradisiacal Florida

Glotz's picture

Totally true. Fucking wrecking the last frontier of truth. Fuckers.

Jack L's picture

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hollowman's picture

... the extensive Measurements section for a type of product that does not get metric'd often in audio journalism. AUDIO mag used to do something similar for phono products -- the late 70's - 1980s IIRC.

Glotz's picture

It was overwhelmingly positive, but no one has anything (but negative shit) to say.

Anton's picture

1) It gave me a great sense of feel for the device.

2) It enlightened me further regarding vinyl playback history.

All good. Better than good!

Out of my budget, but I am happy it exists.

ozan2022's picture

I purchased PH1000, PSU 1250, and Tube 1210 few months ago. First I used PH-1000 as it is then added the PSU and could not believe the improvement. And then I added the tube output stage again a substantial improvement but the PSU is a tremendous improvement. Highly recommend it.

Anton's picture

Thanks for the perspective.

Spartachino's picture

They stole the PH-1000 name from Victor Laboratory PH-1000 Ceramic Headshell.copyright infringement and disrespect

Spartachino's picture

Why would I buy a 12K device with crap bottom end?

Only the somewhat polite bottom end disappointed

David Mansell's picture

The "Teldec EQ" myth is only furthered by Jim Austin's footnote. PSpatial are in business to sell software (and some expensive hardware) to convert non-RIAA encoded LPs to RIAA so it pays them to spread the notion that there are loads of non-RIAA records out there, even into the stereo era.
You would be better served, Jim, by consulting Peter Copeland's classic "Manual of analogue audio restoration techniques". Pspatial misquote him about the meaning of the inverted triangle symbol on German (and other European) record labels. They say he says that it means the use of the CCIR equalization time constants, whereas they say it means the use of the so-called "Teldec equalization". What Copeland in fact writes is that it means the use of the RIAA (75, 318 & 3180 microseconds) equalization ; and that is what it does mean. Deutsche Grammophon had converted to the use of the RIAA equalization long before 1959 or even the 1957 DIN proposal to use 50, 318 & 3180 microseconds. You can find the inverted triangle on German Decca LPs (made by Teldec, the joint Telefunken and British Decca record manufacturing company) in 1955. You will also find it on LPs manufactured in the Netherlands (Philips), East Germany (Eterna), Romania (Electrecord)and even the Soviet Union (Melodiya) where it means "uses RIAA encoding". When stereo came along both the German Teldec companies, Telefunken & German Decca changed to the interlocking circles symbol (which means RIAA stereo) for a couple of years, but they both changed back to the inverted triangle in about 1961 for promotional reasons. In fact Telefunken used the inverted triangle until they ceased trading in 1982. All these records used RIAA encoding.
I have mono (inverted triangle) and stereo (interlocking circles) versions of the DGG LP of Sviatoslav Richter's recording of the Schumann piano concerto. Yesterday I played them both through my Audio Research preamp (RIAA phono) and they both sounded absolutely fine and the instruments were timbrally identical. I have lots of pictorial evidence to back up my assertions but it is not possible to post it here.

Michael Fremer's picture

For this clarification. And the wealth of accompanying information.

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