In posts about the ultimate line preamplifier I already mentioned a few times that a companion phono stage is planned.
In the meantime the work on this piece has begun.
It is based on the EC8020 differential phono preamplifier which I built earlier this year. It shares the same fully differential circuit topology and of course uses the marvellous Telefunken EC8020 triodes. Like the ultimate line preamp it will get loaded with plenty of silver goodies:
20 silver transformers and chokes!
The chassis layout uses the same arrangement as the copper version:
This time gold anodised plates seemed appropriate. The underside of the top plate:
The tubes plugged in:
Fully differential circuits are a big topic this year. After the differential line stage and phono, I started a scaled down version of the differential phono with D3a tubes and this one will be my ultimate statement in phono preampfification.
It will be just a matter of time until a matching power amp will follow.
Stay tuned for updates.