Phono preamplifier

Item #: 745PP2E

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Breathe new life into your vinyl collection

A lot of receivers and amplifiers these days lack the phonograph input you need to hook up your turntable. And when manufacturers do include one, they sometimes use low-cost, low-performance circuitry that yields thin, lifeless results. NAD's PP 2e phono preamp takes advantage of high-quality, close-tolerance parts and a clean, simple design to give you the warm, richly detailed sound that vinyl is famous for. It includes an external power supply that helps keep noise and interference away from sensitive electronics. And NAD gave the PP 2e an automatic standby function, which allows it to turn off when no signal is received, to help reduce energy consumption. 

This preamp offers inputs for both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges, to ensure proper matching with virtually any turntable and cartridge combination.  

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with moving magnet and moving coil phono cartridges
  • signal-sensing auto power standby
  • high-efficiency external power supply for reduced noise, interference, and power consumption
  • gold-plated input and output jacks for reliable, corrosion-free connections
  • LED power indicator
  • gain: 35dB (MM), 60dB (MC)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 80dB (MM), 78dB (MC)
  • rated distortion (THD 20-20,000 Hz): 0.03%
  • RIAA response accuracy: +/- 0.3dB
  • 5-3/8"W x 1-15/16"H x 3-5/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Written By Kenn, CA on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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Actually sounds the same as one I bought locally and returned to by this one.


Written By roxanne, Louisiana on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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i own a 30+ year old stereo turntable needed this piece to push the Klipsch Tower speakers.IT WORKS. guy on 800 line for Crutchfield fixed me up ( I'm BLONDE!)

Pros: excellent power push

Cons: nada

Very Good Phono Pre-Amp

Written By PeterK, Charlottesville, VA on Monday, March 09, 2015

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Allowed us to connect the old Linn Axis turntable to the new NAD amplifier with great results. Clear accurate sound. Not as warm as the old amp but very enjoyable. Had to check online to see if the Linn K9 cartridge is MM or MC to hook it up (It's MM like 90% of phono cartridges out there, I'm told).

Pros: Solid, Smaller than expected, Great sound.

Cons: A little expensive for something that should come with the amp.

NAD PP 2e Phono preamplifier

Written By Architect, not too old to rock n' roll, Austin, Texas on Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Was on the fence- should I sell my vinyl collection, or give it one more lease on life....? My current SONY home theater receiver does not have phono input. Dusted off my old mothballed TEAC 1800 with my Ortofon M20E Super. Attracted by the NAD name since I have a C515BEE CD player. The NAD PP 2e Phono preamplifier is a flawless interface to vinyl. I am sold, but returning the unit to exchange for NAD PP4 model with UBC interface. Appreciate Crutchfield as an alternate as a high end audio outlet- I almost purchased the NAD unit locally, but was ignored by local sales shop employee when I made visit.

Pros: Quality, brings vinyl library back to life.

Cons: One more box, switch and set of cables in the A/V equipment line-up. Power switch seems to stay on all the time? Need to find a disk cleaning product.

Best in class

Written By Dave, West Virginia on Thursday, February 19, 2015

After trying several preamps in this price range, I found this one to be the best. I had to spend more than double the price of this one to see an improvement. Another excellent NAD product.

Pros: Top of it's class, unless you want to spend at least double the price.

Cons: Can be a little bright sounding on some recordings, but not enough to cause fatigue.

Quick and Easy solution

Written By BlueLew3, United States on Thursday, February 05, 2015

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Very easy way to solve that connection issue from the phono to the receiver. It's beyond me why phonos don't include any amplification (grounding, static, etc.?), but for a receiver without a dedicated - read:amplified - phono input something like this Nad is mandatory.

Pros: 4 minute installation, set it and forget it.

Cons: Pricey addition to a $75 turntable, other pre-amps might provide more juice.

Good buy.

Written By Hexx S, N.Y,N.Y. on Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Was using an A/V receiver with turntable input,but just didn't sound right. Not that it was bad, just not right. Order this little box,added to my system on regular audio input. Great improvement to the sound quality,it works. There may be better,but at this price it's going to be hard to beat.

Pros: Easy install,works with both MM and MC.

Cons: IF I find any will update.

Can't go wrong with NAD

Written By Craig, Joliet, IL on Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Works as advertised. Easy to install; easy set-up right on the box. NAD means I'm not worried about the quality at all!

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What's in the box?

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  • Phono preamplifier
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • Warranty Card

Product Research


MM/MC Phono Stage: The NAD PP-2e phono preamplifier accepts inputs from either moving magnet (MM) or moving coil (MC) cartridges.

RIAA EQ: The built-in passive equalizer curve follows the RIAA standard within +/- 0.3 dB.

RCA Inputs: On the rear panel there are separate RCA inputs for MM and MC, and a switch to choose which you are using.

RCA Output: A rear panel stereo RCA output is used for connecting the phono preamp to your home stereo receiver.

Ground: A post on the rear panel provides easy grounding for your turntable.

External Power Supply: The NAD PP-2e operates off of standard household current (120V AC, 60Hz) using the supplied AC power adapter (23.5V DC, 60mA). The external power adapter is separate from the phono preamp to further improve sound quality.

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