iFi Zen Air Phono - Desktop Phono Stage

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Phono Preamps
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ZEN Air Phono Enjoy a purer listening experience with the ZEN Air Phono, our super affordable phono stage. A phono stage, also called a phono pre-amp, provides the connection between the record cartridge/pickup (stylus) and the amplifier. Turntable cartridges output a very small signal. This signal needs amplifying up to several hundred...
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ZEN Air Phono

Enjoy a purer listening experience with the ZEN Air Phono, our super affordable phono stage.

A phono stage, also called a phono pre-amp, provides the connection between the record cartridge/pickup (stylus) and the amplifier.

Turntable cartridges output a very small signal. This signal needs amplifying up to several hundred times the original size before it is loud enough for your amplifier. A phono stage increases the signal level from millivolts to volts.

When vinyl was the standard for audio recording, the phono stage was built-in to receivers and amps, allowing direct connection of a turntable. These days most receivers and amps do not contain a phono stage so a separate unit is needed.

It is a necessity for any turntable without a phono stage already built in. It will also upgrade a basic built-in phono stage in a turntable or amplifier system.

 

MC and MM

There are two kinds of turntable cartridges – Moving Magnet and Moving Coil – and the ZEN Air Phono works with both of them.

  • The MM setting is for cartridges with an output voltage of 2mV and higher.
  • The MC setting for outputs less than 2mV.

You use the gain switch on the rear to change this setting.

It also has a precise RIAA equalization setting to satisfy the most demanding vinyl lover.

Technical Specs

Power supply requirement DC 5V/1.0A (centre +ve)
Frequency Response 20Hz -20kHz (±0.15dB)
Channel Separation > 75dB (1kHz all modes)
Max Output Voltage RMS6.5V RMS 600Ω(<1% THD & N)
Gain MM 40dB / MC 64dB
Input Impedance MM 47k / MC 1k
Output Impedance 100Ω
SNR MM (40dB ±1dB)
MC (64dB ±1dB)
86dB (A-weighted) re 1V
82dB (A-weighted) re 1V
Ein (equivalent input noise)

MC
MM
0.6nV | /Hz (unweighted) 6.5nV | /Hz (unweighted)
-151dBV (A-weighted)
-130dBV (A-weighted)
Total Harmonic Distortion MC
MM
<-80dB / 0.01% re 1V
<-90dB / 0.005% re 1V
Power Consumption <1.8W
Dimensions 158 x 117 x 35 mm
6.2" x 4.6" x 1.4"
Net weight 320g
0.71 lbs
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