Lampizator MC1 phono preamplifier (6600 plus VAT MSRP) is finally ready. Here is the more in-depth info… “The Lampizator Vinyl Phono is a result of long research that we took regarding the feasibility of creating the no compromise Phonostage that is worthy of our reputation in DACs.”…

There were some basic criteria which we thought are important, namely:

  • No silicon
  • MC input, (no MM at all in this particular model)
  • Tube rectified PSU
  • Tube regulated PSU
  • Tube stages for input and output
  • No negative feedback
  • Premium parts
  • User switchable input loads for MC  (low – normal – high)
  • Big housing like the Big 7 DAC
  • Finish Variants with Gold top, copper top, red paint top etc
  • Concealed tubes
  • Tube rolling possible
  • Nixie display for 4 input loads and muting
  • “volume” style knob for selector of loads
  • Needle current meter

Why no MM input? Why the user can’t use his own step up transformer?
Well, the complexity of our design is such, that the step up is entwined into the tube schematics, and can not be separated. They work together (transformer and tubes) so well, that separating them would be a crime and this marvelous Phono wouldn’t be as good as it is. So – no matter what is your step up – the benefits of what I did are far greater than the benefit of an outboard step-up plus cables of course. This way my design is great, simple one box, no cable fuss, no compatibility issue, no risk of mis-match, and full control of how it sounds. And besides – we used the best step-up we could possibly find and tested many side by side.
  • Pure tube design
  • Zero Feedback
  • Copper output caps
  • Amorphous core, high end SUT
  • Tube power supply
  • Tube rectification
  • Tube voltage regulation
  • Oversized transformer
  • Numerous CLC filter stages
  • Transparent, 3-D sound
  • Explosive dynamics
  • Zero fatigue
  • User selectable cartridge loads
  • 4 layer, gold trace PCB
  • Stone silent background