Violelectric PPA V790

Knob envy – Violelectric's new PPA V790 phono stage [€3'990 when available in Q3 2021] could inspire it. There are 3/ea. XLR/RCA inputs assignable to MM or MC. All other load/capacitance adjustments plus 6/12dB boost are also conveniently selectable from the front panel and written to memory for each input. The DC-coupled input stage of cascoded bipolar transistors claims to offer 143dB of S/NR at 66dB of gain. Aside from standard RIAA compensation, a button press can select NAB or Columbia curves. Either way, the company promises 0.1dB linearity. A sub 20Hz rumble filter applies a 2nd-order slope, a clipping LED shows signal overload.