Gold Note PH-5 Phono Stage In Stock

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The PH-5 is the newest in Gold Note’s range of phono stages, designed to deliver the same high quality and excellent performance that made the PH-10 and PH-1000 famous, with an affordable price and all the cutting-edge features that stands out our products. With a single RCA input, it can be connected to either MM or MC cartridges and offers an EQ curves selection (3, and each can be “Enhanced”), as well as the LOAD’s and GAIN’s adjustments (from 10Ω to 47kΩ) to guarantee the utmost flexibility and versatility, making it perfect for every kind of analogue system.

The PH-5 is the first Gold Note product designed with a touchscreen interface: all the settings are easily accessible and changeable thanks to the innovative and unparalleled user-friendly display that allows you to select and manage all the options in real time while playing your music. The phono stage is based on a completely new design to integrate the whole electronics into a single board, unlike the PH-10 where the analog and digital stages are placed on dedicated boards. The digital interface is combined with a full analogue heart: indeed, the signal path is made through discrete audio-grade components and sealed single switches and it’s optimized to shorten the distance and minimize possible interference. Every setting selected through the touchscreen is applied to the audio signal switching its path through the usage of relays.

The PH-5 features an “analogue purity” able to deliver superior audio quality and extract even the finest details from the vinyl record. The PH-5 allows a selection of the most appropriate equalization curve for each vinyl record, directly on the touch display: RIAA, DECCA LONDON, and AMERICAN COLUMBIA. Thanks to our proprietary technology inspired by Georg Neumann (the producer of the famous Neumann Disc Cutting Lathe), each curve can be “Enhanced” to extend the frequency response up to 50kHz, improving even further the stage, dynamics and resolution when required. To maximize the performance of the PH-5 we also developed the dedicated, external super inductive power supply that allows the phono stage to achieve its fullest potential, reaching an even higher degree of musical realism, better dynamics, and greater three dimensionality sound. Front Panel and Case: Brushed anodized aluminum - available in Black only.

Now available to order: PSU-5 Super Inductive Power Supply specially made for the PH-5, MSRP $900.

** 2023 Gruvy Award from Analog Planet **

Read Ken Micallef's Analog Planet review

"Thank the Italian manufacturer for providing the music lover with such a complete phono stage, with its touch screen, capable of mating with an infinite number of cartridges and allowing them to deliver their best at the best price." - Diapason

"There is no doubt that Gold Note have come up with another class leader in the PH-5. For comparison purposes I replaced the guest piece with my own PH-10 more than once in the review period, and without having proper calibration equipment I thought that they sounded remarkably similar. (The PH-5) deserves to sell in large numbers and should be added to any shortlist of equipment to audition by those looking to move forward from, for example, the built in phono stage in an amplifier. I can only give this the highest recommendation. Bravissimo Gold Note." Hi-Fi+

Read Chris Kelly's Hi-Fi+ review (PDF file)

Read the Hi-Fi Knights review


Main Details

Phono Pre-amplifier with SKC and TFT color display

Equalization Curve control: 3 selectable curves [RIAA, Decca-London, American-Columbia] all with Enhanced option

Subsonic filter: 10Hz/36db octave

Frequency response: 20Hz – 20KHz ± 0.3dB (Enhanced 20Hz – 50KHz ± 0.3dB)

THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): <0.005% @ 1kHz

Signal to noise ratio: 89dB

Dynamic response: 105dB

Output impedance: 50Ω

Weight: 1.2Kg

Dimensions: 200mm L | 80mm H | 260mm D


Main supply: 100-120V or 220-240V, 50/60Hz. Power consumption: 10W. Standby consumption: <0.5W.

Fuse: 500mA / 5mm x 20mm / Fast Blow / 250v

Audio Outputs

Analogue Outputs: 1x RCA, 1x XLR

Audio Inputs

Analogue inputs: 1x RCA

Input capacitance MM: 220pF

Input sensitivity: 0.1mV MC up to 10.0mV MM

Input impedance: 9 selectable options [10Ω 22Ω 47Ω 100Ω 220Ω 470Ω 1000Ω 22KΩ 47KΩ]

Gain: 40dB MM to 60dB MC with 4 options [0dB, + 3dB, ± 6dB]

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