Phono preamplifier

  • NAD PP 2i


  • NAD PP 2i


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Our take on the NAD PP 2i

by Dave Bar

Bring your vinyl collection to life

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 clean, simple PP 2i phono preamp takes advantage of high-quality, close-tolerance parts to give you the warm, richly detailed sound that vinyl is famous for, at a bargain price. It includes a newly designed external power supply that helps keep noise and interference away from sensitive electronics while also reducing 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.  


  • compatible with moving magnet and moving coil phono cartridges
  • high-efficiency external power supply for reduced noise, interference, and power consumption
  • gold-plated input and output jacks for solid, corrosion-free connections
  • LED power indicator
  • 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 1-7/8"H x 3-9/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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

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

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

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-2i operates off of standard household current (120V AC, 60Hz) using the supplied AC power adapter (24V DC, 100mA). The external power adapter is separate from the phono preamp to further improve sound quality.

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5 out of 5

Good so far

Written By Ryu, Cincinnati, oh on Monday, March 10, 2014
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This is my first pre amp. It seems to work great.
Small, takes up very little space.
Power light stays on, unless the unit is unplugged.
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4 out of 5

NAD phono pre amp

Written By Shark Rescue, West Bloomfield, Mi on Sunday, October 27, 2013
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The sound is good, but slightly more digital, not as warm as I would like. I have it connected to a Dennonturntable and an Anthem MRX Receiver.
Ease of install. Good/clear sound
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5 out of 5

crisp and clean!

Written By Anonymous, Lafayette, LA on Wednesday, July 03, 2013
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I have a decent turntable and have been dissatisfied with the performance through the phono amp built into the amplifier. I did a little reasearch and came across the NAD phono preamp. NAD has consisyently turned out fine products at a budget price. for the money you can't go wrong. You will need a patchcord which is not included
great clean sound. improved bass and shimmering highs were beyond what the price would suggest
need a good patch cord which is not included.
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Written By Tom, YONKERS, N.Y. on Sunday, April 07, 2013
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This device works perfectly between my record player and my amp.Thanks,Crutchfield!
signal is pure, no noise. Would definitely recommend this product!
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CD player

Written By Scott u, Catskill ny on Thursday, March 21, 2013
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Bought this to be comparable with my amp NAD 376. It's not without converter
Works great
Needed extra parts,witch the Crutchfield team did not tell me about
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1 question already asked

how do i hook this up to a receiver (which receiver input do i use)? [ bob  Mar 03, 2014 ]
6 answers
  • Works fine using any of the Auxiliary Inputs. [ TIMOTHY   Mar 04, 2014 ]
  • bob: you can use just about any of receiver's "line level inputs." Simplest would be the an input usually labeled "AUX." You can also use a CD or video input, as long as they have two RCA type input jacks. Look for a white and a red color coded input jack -- the video input may also have a yellow colored input jack, but that is for the video signal, so ignore that. The RCA phono plugs from your turntable go into the input jacksof the NAD, either for a moving coil (MC) or moving magnet (MM) type cartridge -- don't forget to set the little slide switch on the back to either MM or MC. The ground wire from the turntable (if it has one) goes under the ground thumb screw. Then connect your cable from the phono preamp to one of the unused line level inputs on your receiver and you should be ready to spin some vinyl. [ Steven   Mar 04, 2014 ]
  • I used the "aux" inputs on my NAD receiver. [ Timothy   Mar 04, 2014 ]
  • As this is a powered preamp I found that I could connect it to any RCA connection on the receiver. If your receiver has a Phono RCA go for that. If not any RCA will do. [ GREGORY R   Mar 04, 2014 ]
  • Bob, These are designed to put an analog source (Turntable) into a digital only receiver or pre amp. Your turntable's analog signal goes in one side of the box and comes out the other side of the box, converted to digital. A / D So now you can plug it into any input on your receiver that expects a digital input. Any RCA input will do. So Aux 1, 2, or 3 CD, MP, etc. [ GLENN   Mar 04, 2014 ]
  • If your receiver has assignable analog inputs you can assign to any input - if not you will probably have some sort of aux analog input which can be used as well. [ ROBERT   Mar 04, 2014 ]

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