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NAD PP 2e

Phono preamplifier

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

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Features

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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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.
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5 out of 5

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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1 question already asked

Can you tell the difference using this with a turntable as opposed to not using a preamp? Thanks! [ Steve  Aug 27, 2014 ]
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  • If your amplifier does not have a phono stage, then a phono pre amp is essential as you cannot play a turntable through any of the other line inputs. If you have a standard quality amp with a phono stage it is likely that a separate phono pre amp will be an improvement. [ Adrian   Aug 31, 2014 ]
  • I have a Pioneer turntable from the 80's that needed the preamp to work with my updated amp. I believe "newer" turntables have the preamp built-into them or are wired to work with a normal connection on your amp. Maybe the manufacturer could answer your question. [ STEVEN   Aug 28, 2014 ]
  • I use this with an integrated amp that doesn't have a phono input and it works great. Not sure if PP 2e has a built- in preamp. [ VAL   Aug 28, 2014 ]
  • The answer to your question is yes. I have a Onkyo receiver with a phono stage, It sounds ok, But once I used the NAD preamp it sounds awesome ! As long as you have a decent turntable and a good cart! My personal set up is a technics sl 1200 mk 2 with a dennon dl 110 cart. This set up sounds wonderful. The sound is night and day. It is the best money I have spent on stereo equipment as of late. The great thing about this preamp is you can run 2 turntables through it. You can use moving magnet cart or moving coil cart. For the money it's the best preamp on the market! [ tammara   Aug 28, 2014 ]
  • Hi Steve, My amplifier didn't have a dedicated Phono input (as quite a few amps these days don't) so I needed a Phono Preamp to be able to run a turntable with my Amp (through the AUX input, etc.). I will say that i had previously tried some really cheap Phono Preamps and can say that the sound and build quality of this NAD Preamp is far superior and a good value for the money. [ Geoffrey   Aug 28, 2014 ]
  • Actually not sure yet! I had to buy this as the amp I was using didn't cater for a turntable direct. When this amp didn't work out, the new one (a Yamaha) had the turntable inputs, but I could not be bothered to change the device and go direct. It sounds great as it is , but I shall compare the difference this weekend if you can wait for an answer that long! Andy [ Andrew   Aug 28, 2014 ]
  • Steve: I purchased this item and then returned it. I had an old Tandberg 2045 Stereo receiver that had a phone in connection. I bought this thinking it might improve the quality of the sound but I was wrong. It produced static noise wether I used the MM or MC connection. Granted, the Tandberg already had a phone in connection so this may have interferred with the actual operation of the NAD PP2e so not sure if this really answers your question. If your current device does not have a phone in, then this could work very nicely. Hope this helps. [ WARREN   Aug 28, 2014 ]

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