Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage. Vinyl Reproduction Refined
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Gold Note is extremely well-known amongst the turntable purists. We've been eyeing the line for quite a while. Once in our hands Gold Note lived up to its reputation and beyond. Every product is built with an Italian eye and passion for detail. Everything Gold Note makes is just levels above most TT gear out there. Their perfectionism makes our lives easier. Their value will make your ears and body feel the true essence of the music. - TA
Smooth, silky, sophisticated sound
The PH-1000's luxurious finish produced a viola sound to die for, with a rich, shimmering sustain and lifelike microdynamic nuance. On Brahms's "Hungarian Dance No.17" with Gerald Moore on piano, the timbral picture was rich and full and the physical presentation was convincing. The next track, "Ave Maria" with Roy Jesson on organ, produced low-frequency foundational depth that the less-costly Paradox phono preamp, good as it was, couldn't match.
The PH-1000's signature sonic characteristic is an ultrasophisticated smoothness. The shuffling drum kit and tinkling piano or vibraphone were somewhat softer and smoother than I'd become accustomed to but no less attractive or transparent. Read the full review
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A MOST ADVANCED PHONO STAGE
The PH-1000 is simply the best Phono Stage Gold Note has ever created. A unique piece of audio engineering designed to be innovative in every possible way.
100% made in Italy.
Featuring Class A exclusive discrete components such as a class A headphone output, +40 EQ curves preset, 4 custom EQ curves manually adjustable, and the high-quality class A line preamp which comes as optional.
For the first time ever, you will be able to play virtually any record the way it’s meant to be thanks to more than 40 EQ curves available. Even customize the EQ curves manually by adjusting three main parameters – that’s why the PH-1000 is a complete game-changer, opening a new era in vinyl reproduction.
PERFECT CARTRIDGE MATCHING
With 14 Gain levels and 12 Load levels, as well as 7 Capacitance options dedicated to MM cartridges, it is the ideal phono stage for high-performance analog systems, capable of driving even the most exotic cartridges with perfect synergy, makee the PH-1000 a professional instrument for high-end studio recording.
You can change settings and make ultra-fine adjustments, including the EQ curve, simply by using the SKC and the display as you are playing music. Gold Note's innovative technology allows the best ease of use while preserving the entirely sound quality in the analog domain: the interface is digital and independent from the audio path, which is completely analog.
The result is an ultra-low noise phono stage with high gain and no audio filters.
All the functionalities are in fact managed through discrete audio-grade components and sealed single switches, always shortening the signal path to deliver superior audio quality and extract even the finest details from the vinyl record. Powered by our custom firmware, the PH-1000 can be easily updated via computer when necessary.
The PH-1000 offers 3 independent inputs, two RCA and one XLR. There are also 2 other inputs, one RCA and one XLR. Each can be used either for the external load plugs (finer control of the Load) or as line inputs on the PH-1000 with Preamp.
Add the other functionalities, such as the Headphone Output, the Stereo/Mono control with phase inversion, the L/R Channel Swap, and the Rumble Subsonic Filter, and here you have it, the most advanced phono stage on the market.
The level of quality meets the highest standard throughout the entire production: from the aluminium ultra-solid chassis machined with precision, to the electronic components and circuitry that undergo strict QC computer-controlled tests.
40+ EQ CURVES
RIAA, Capitol, Columbia/CBS, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca London USA, Decca London UK, and Decca Mono 78rpm, Epic, HMW, Mercury, RCA Victor, Philips, Elektra, L’Oliseau-Lyre, Parlophone, and more.
Each curve can be “enhanced” with our proprietary technology inspired by the Neumann Cutting Lathe for superior dynamic and musicality.
The PH-1000 shows every detail on the colour display powered by our proprietary firmware. With the SKC (Single Knob Control technology) and the display, you have an intuitive system to easily control the phono stage and quickly make fine adjustments without even interrupting the playback.
You can now enjoy the shortest audio path with the PH-1000. All you need is your turntable, and your headphones. The audio signal goes from the vinyl directly into your headphones without the need for additional stages.
For the most demanding audiophiles, the PH-1000 can also be further enhanced with our external power supply PSU-1250 / PSU- 1000, or even the external tube output stage TUBE-1012 / TUBE-1006, to reach the highest level of musical realism in terms of dynamic, details, and imaging.
20Hz – 20kHz
18 EQ curves
THD (TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION)
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO
10Hz/36dB octave (ON/ OFF)
Stereo, Stereo 180°, Mono, Mono 180°, Mono L
For multifunctional remote control
2x unbalanced RCA (0.1mV MC up to 8.0mV MM)
1x balanced XLR (0.1mV up to 1.0mV MC)
12 options for RCA
8 options for XLR
OFF, 100pF, 150pF, 220pF, 330pF, 470pF, 1000pF
40dB MM to 65dB MC with 7 options [0dB, ± 3dB, ± 6dB, ± 9dB]
LINE INPUTS LEVEL
2Vrms (standard) up to 2,5Vrms (max)
1x unbalanced RCA @1V
1x balanced XLR @4V
1x Output Stereo for Tube (balanced GN) for optional TUBE-1012 & TUBE-1006
2Vrms standard up to 2,5Vrms max
For external power supply Gold Note PSU-1250 & PSU-1000
Dual-Mono linear power supply
100-240V with auto sense, 50-60Hz
430mm W | 135mm H | 375mm D
Kg. 12 – net
VALVE OUTPUT STAGE
TUBE-1006: Class-A 6 Tubes output stages with Dual Mono/inductive tube power supply
TUBE-1012: Class-A 12 Tubes output stages with Dual Mono/inductive tube power supply
EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY
PSU-1250: external inductive Dual-Mono power supply capable of delivering 300W
PSU-1000: external inductive Dual-Mono power supply capable of delivering 200W