Vertere Phono-1 Phono Preamplifier MkII


Vertere Phono-1 Phono Preamplifier MkII

Vertere Phono-1 Phono Preamplifier
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Enjoy the full musical experience from every track and every album with PHONO-1 MkII L, the perfect interface between your record player and your amplifier.

The new MC | MM Preamplifier PHONO-1 MkII L gets the best from any high-quality record player, with maximum dynamic range and supreme detail resolution. With more than 10 gain settings, 15 resistance and 9 capacitance settings, PHONO-1 MkII L leaves nothing to chance. It makes the perfect match for almost any Moving Coil or Moving Magnet cartridge.

Vertere Phono-1 Phono Preamplifier MKII

Why MC | MM Preamplifier PHONO-1 MkII L?

  • Realise the potential of any high-quality record player
  • Superb dynamics and detail with extremely accurate RIAA linearisation
  • Perfect level and load matching for Moving Coil and Moving Magnet cartridges
  • Brings continuous enjoyment when playing records, without exception

Gold Plated PCB Assembly

New ‘L’ shaped high-quality gold plated PCBs for the main phono circuit and the mains power transformer ensure optimised grounding and power distribution. Stainless steel shield ensures that any unwanted interference is kept well away from the audio signal.

Combined with the use of high-quality components and special solder, guarantee consistent optimum performance for the long term.

Vertere Phono-1 Phono Preamplifier MKII front view

Double Shielded Main Circuit

Vertere’s PHONO-1 MM | MC Preamplifier utilises stainless steel shields to further enhance isolation of the RIAA and preamplifier circuits. All power supply components and circuits are outside of the main cover shield and away from any signal path.

Switchable Input Loading

PHONO-1 MkII L has two switch banks, now easily accessible from the underside of the unit, that allow 15 resistance and 9 capacitance settings for left and right channels.

Perfect load matching is crucial to maximising performance, for both Moving Coil and Moving Magnet cartridges – and in this respect PHONO-1 leaves nothing to chance.

Switchable Gain Setting

Another switch bank, also easily accessible from the underside of the unit, offers no less than 10 gain settings to provide the best level matching, within the gain range provided.

This ensures minimal level change between different sources used in the system.

Chassis Ground and PCB Earth Switch

A 3-way switch provided at the back of PHONO-1 gives the options of ‘Hard Ground’, ‘Ground Lift’ or ‘Soft Ground’ connection of the preamplifier and the chassis, to minimise any hum that may be introduced between the PHONO-1 and the main amplifier.

PHONO-1 Finishes

The PHONO-1 is available in a range of high-end finishes, including a new DG-1 design featuring a front panel to match the new Vertere record player (pictured). Finishes also available: Silver aluminium, Signature Vertere Orange and Semi-matt Black.


Phono stage design is rather challenging, as the circuit has to work with the minuscule cartridge signal that is typically only a fraction of a millivolt. That tiny signal has to be cleanly amplified a thousand-fold and equalised to the exact RIAA curve in order to faithfully represent the original recorded music.

Vertere’s PHONO-1 is designed to achieve just this, providing the full enjoyment that is so often missing even in very high-quality vinyl playback systems.

PHONO-1 has more than 10 gain settings to match the level perfectly for almost any cartridge. An extensive choice of 15 resistance and 9 capacitance settings ensure correct frequency balance even for most Moving Coils that commonly exhibit a frequency response lift above 10kHz.

Compact foot print of the main circuit and the use of highest quality components, maximise dynamic range and deliver supreme detail resolution. Utilising only tight tolerance components for PHONO-1’s accurate IRAA circuit ensures a refined, natural timbre that brings the music to life.

Our use of the best components guarantees optimal performance from the double-shielded internal circuits, while a 3-way phono PCB Ground Management switch allows achieving lowest ‘earth hum’ in almost any installation.

This level of attention to detail, performance and design execution is only found in much higher price products.

Vertere PHONO-1 redefines the standard for entry level High-End phono stages.

  • Type: 
    • MC/MM Preamplifier
    • Main Phono Circuit on Separate Gold Plated PCB
  • Power Supply:
    • Linear,  Int. Switchable
    • Transformer on Separate Gold Plated PCB
  • Gain settings: 
    • 40.2dB to 62.8dB
    • In 10 Steps 
    • High Gain version - Add 6.4dB to all settings
  • input impedance settings resistance:
    • 47k for MM
    • 78R to 47K for MC - in 15 Steps
  • capacitance:
    • 100pF & 470pF for MM
    • 100pF to 1.02uF for MC – In 9 Steps 
  • Frequency response: 
    • 20Hz – 20kHz
    • +/- 0.2dB
  • noise: < -78dB – AWD
  • THD-N: 0.03%
  • finish: 
    • front panel options
    • Vertere Orange, Silver, Black, DG-1 Gloss Black
  • dimensions: width 210 x depth 235 x height 55mm
  • weight: 2kg

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