PPA-1 Phono Preamplifier

For delivery in November 2022, we are building 99 PPA-1 phono preamplifiers. These are all limited edition units with an extended and transferable 10 year warranty, and a special 1 of 99 engraving.

Only 18 pcs left!

Expected delivery: November 2022.

We offer bespoke top covers for your PPA-1. Have it matched to your decor or super car. It could be special painted covers or covers made from solid wood. Contact us at hello@gato-audio.com and tell us what you have in mind.

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Our Reference in Vinyl Playback

Transforming tiny vinyl grooves into a huge musical experience as the PPA-1 does, requires a sophisticated attention to detail. We did our utmost to bring forward such attention, drawing from all of our experience designing circuits, but we also consulted some of the brightest minds within analog design outside of our company to achieve this absolutely magnificent phono stage. It features a hybrid of discrete and IC based amplifier circuits, including a newly developed discrete push pull FET based balanced output stage.

One of 99 Originals - Limited Edition

For delivery in November 2022, we are building 99 PPA-1 phono preamplifiers. These first 99 units are all limited edition units with an extended and transferable 10 year warranty, and a special One of 99 Originals engraving.

Current Mode Moving Coil Input Stage

Consuming and amplifying the natural resource of an MC cartridge, the current, offers not only the automatically best load for each model of cartridge, but also ensures noise level and oscillation are at an absolute minimum.

MM Capacitive Load Setting

Load of the MM input is 47kOhm and the capacitive load can be adjusted between 100pf and 790pf via the knob at the front or the remote control.

Gain Control

Standard gain for MM inputs is 46dB and MC it is between 61-66dB, depending on cartridge impedance. A further gain control of a healthy +15dB is available for those low output cartridges that never seem to follow any reasonable output standards.

Two Inputs with Memorized Settings

The PPA-1 features two fully configurable inputs, with all settings automatically saved for each input. You can connect two of your favorite turntables, or a turntable with two arms, without having to compromise your selection of cartridge type or readjust settings every time you change from one to another.

Dedicated Headphone Amplifier

Enjoy the intimacy of the vinyl grooves directly in a pair of quality headphones via the front mounted 6.3mm jack. A separate discreetly built headphone amplifier with analog volume control will ensure top notch performance, while the line level outputs automatically deactivate.

Preorder Perks!

Be one of the first 99 original owners of the PPA-1 by preordering now. You will get a special edition with the following perks:

  • 10 Years of Extended Warranty
  • Special Limited Edition unit marked with "One of 99 Originals"
  • Delivery in November 2022

Bespoke Cover

As standard we offer top covers in high gloss black, white and real walnut veneer to match the finish of our loudspeakers. But what if you prefer to have your PPA-1 match another brand of speakers or a piece of furniture or the color of your Lamborghini? Gato Audio offer to make bespoke top covers for you. It could be special painted covers or covers made from solid wood. Contact us at hello@gato-audio.com and tell us what you have in mind.

Features:

  • Two cartridge inputs, each with memorized settings
  • MM/MC selection
  • Low noise current MC input circuit
  • Capacitor load settingfor MM input
  • Gain setting for each input
  • Subsonic filter
  • Balanced FET output stage
  • Balanced design
  • Volume controlled headphone output, 6,3mm Jack
  • 12V standby trigger
  • Remote controlled
  • Designed, developed and built in Copenhagen, Denmark

This product is under development. Specifications and features are expected but preliminary.

Technical Specifications
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Output Line Level Unbalanced: 2.2V (0dB), Balanced: 4.4V (0dB)
Gain MM: 46dB, MC: 61-66dB (depending on cartridge impedance)
Gain adjust 0dB, +3dB, +6dB, +9dB, +12dB, 15dB
Input impedance MM: 47Kohm, MC: N/A
Input capacitance (MM) 100pf, 220pf, 320pf, 470pf, 570pf, 790pf
THD + N 0.008%
Signal To Noise Ratio 83dB
Trigger 12V in and out
   

Connectors

 
Unbalanced analogue inputs, MM or MC 2 pairs of gold-plated RCA stereo
Unbalanced analogue output 1 pair of gold-plated RCA stereo
Balanced analogue output 1 pair gold-plated XLR Neutrik
Unbalanced headphone output 1 pc 6,3mm jack (with volume control)
Trigger, 12 V - in 1 pc mini jack
Trigger, 12 V - out 1 pc mini jack
Communication 1 pc mini jack
   

Size and Weight

 
Power Requirements 115 VAC/230 VAC, 50 Hz/60 Hz, <60W max
Power consumption stdb/idle/max < 1W/30W/<60W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 325 x 105 x 420 mm / 12.8 x 4.1 x 16.5"
Weight 10 kg / 22 lb

This product is under development. Specifications and features are expected but preliminary.

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