Bellari VP-530 USB Phono Preamp
Ratings & Reviews
by Doug Benson
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.
by King bee
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.