Blue Horizon has unveiled its new phono preamplifier, the Profono. The Profono has been in development for the past two years and is the result of “painstaking design and engineering to deliver a high-quality yet affordable solution for anyone wanting to make the most of their record collection”.

The Profono is said to be a “great step-up option to replace budget phono preamps that “simply don’t cut the sonic mustard.”

Blue Horizon say that the Profono is “designed and built to be a genuinely high-end phono preamplifier delivered at a highly competitive price point, able to compete with – and even outperform – models at twice the cost”.

An interesting feature of the Profono is that, Instead of the the cheap ‘dip switches’ found in many phono stages, they are replaced by a series of shunt resistors to set cartridge impedance.

The Profono is compact in size and looks sturdily built. Casework looks of good quality for  this price point and claims to serve to reject sonically deleterious RFI and keep the unit solidly in position when heavy cables are connected – something that cannot be said of all phonostages! More »

Simaudio have announced the release of three new bits of kit which should be ready for shipping with immediate effect.

The MOON 810LP Phono Preamplifier, a dual-mono fully balanced design and said by Simaudio to be an “all out assault” on phono preamplification. It has selectable gain, impedance loading, capacitance loading and equalization curves (accomplished using DIP switches.) The 810Lp is said to work with virtually any cartridge.

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