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Bellari VP-530 USB Phono Preamp

2 Reviews
$399.00
SKU: BE-VP530
The vp530 is a usb/tube phono preamp for use with moving-magnet and high output moving-coil cartridges. It includes a built in headphone amplifier, Burr-Brown A2D converter w/usb output, and RIAA curve/flat EQ. The vp530 is designed to amplify an RIAA equalized phono signal to a hi-level signal or provide a usb digital output. Since the unit utilizes tube circuitry, the resulting output signal is more warm and musical than solid state preamplifiers. The real kicker aside from the price and stellar sound is that it's manufactured in the US.
Features:
  • RIAA/Flat Equalization
  • All tube circuitry
  • Switchable Rumble Filter
  • Mute Switch
  • Headphone Output w/variable level control
  • Steel Chassis

    Specifications:
  • I/ O Connectors: RCA,1/4" TRS Stereo, mini USB
  • Input Sensitivity: 30 dB gain @ 1kHz, 47k ohms
  • Input Impedance: 50k ohms
  • Output Impedance: 8 ohms Headphone, 100 ohms RCA
  • Max Output Level: >10dB @ 1kHz at at .1% dist.
  • Equalization: RIAA +/- 1.5 dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Burr-Brown PCM2901EG, 16 bit 44.1khz
  • Rumble Filter: 20Hz
  • THD: .02% @ 1KHz
  • S/N Ratio: >80 dB unweighted
  • PWR: PSU115 15 V DC 700Ma
  • Size: 6"w x 2.5"h x 5.4"d
  • Weight: 2 lb
  • Indicator: 1 Power LED
  • Ratings & Reviews

    2 reviews

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    Doug Benson

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    The analog sound was very good, but the USB simply does not work. The USB output provided a highly distorted signal on one channel only. I exchanged, and a second unit did the same thing. There is no documentation provided about drivers, usage, or anything else. I called Rolls and was told by their "tech" that "...we make analog devices, and don't really support the computer end of things." Excuse me, WHAT?? Don't waste your money on this one. Get the analog-only version.

    King bee

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    Great phono stage for the cost. The tube sound really brings out the warmth in the vinyl, which is why we listen to vinyl in the first place, right? Upgraded from the stock tube to a Tung Sol. Not a huge difference, but definitely a bit more solid sound. The reason for only 4 stars is the relatively low gain, and is not very flexible for different types of cartridges. But if you have a fairly high output MM cartridge (5mV or so output), this phono stage will sound sweet, warm, and solid across all frequencies. I haven't used the USB output yet, but its nice to have the option if I decide to digitize any of my vinyl. Also works great as a headphone amp.