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iFi iPhono3 Black Label

Phono preamp for moving magnet and moving coil cartridges

Item # 246IPBLKLB

This compact preamp delivers warm, natural sound, and offers precise cartridge loading for just about any turntable.

This compact preamp delivers warm, natural sound, and offers precise cartridge loading for just about any turntable.

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Item # 246IPBLKLB

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Temporarily out of stock

Expected: 12/23/2020

$999.99

About the iFi iPhono3 Black Label

A high-quality, low-profile phono preamp

The iFi Phono3 Black Label phono preamp is compact enough to hide away behind your turntable. But don't let its size fool you — this is a very sophisticated phono stage. Turn it over, and you'll see three banks of DIP switches for making precise changes to cartridge loading, gain, and other settings. On one end are discrete RCA inputs for turntables with moving magnet and moving coil cartridges. And iFi offers something I haven't seen before on a phono preamp — six selectable EQ curves that match industry recording standards, so you can select the one that sounds best with the record you have on the 'table at any given moment.
Close-up of DIP switches on the back of the iFi Phono3 Black Label phono preamp.

DIP switches offer precise cartridge loading for turntables with moving magnet and moving coil cartridges.

A high-quality, low-profile phono preamp

The iFi Phono3 Black Label phono preamp is compact enough to hide away behind your turntable. But don't let its size fool you — this is a very sophisticated phono stage. Turn it over, and you'll see three banks of DIP switches for making precise changes to cartridge loading, gain, and other settings. On one end are discrete RCA inputs for turntables with moving magnet and moving coil cartridges. And iFi offers something I haven't seen before on a phono preamp — six selectable EQ curves that match industry recording standards, so you can select the one that sounds best with the record you have on the 'table at any given moment.

Unique amplification technology

The engineers at iFi wanted the warm sound quality of a tube preamp, but they wanted this preamp to be affordable, compact, and to run cool. Proprietary TubeState® circuitry — created and honed by iFi lead designer Thorsten Loesch — offers a very natural sound with low distortion. As the company literature explains, it's "not an exact replica of real tubes, but as close as it can possibly get."

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Product highlights:

  • compatible with moving magnet and moving coil phono cartridges
  • separate RCA stereo inputs for turntables with moving magnet or moving coil cartridges
  • single RCA stereo output
  • adjust input capacitance or input impedance with rear-mounted DIP switches
  • six selectable EQ curves match industry recording standards
  • Class A TubeState® technology approximates vacuum-tube sound with solid state electronics
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz (±2dB)
  • variable gain: 36-72dB
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 36dB (MM); 60dB (MC)
  • THD: 0.005%
  • defeatable rumble filter eliminates subsonic noise
  • iPower X power supply
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • The iPhono3 Black Label box includes:
  • Phono preamplifier
  • 20" RCA patch cable (stereo RCA plugs on each end)
  • iPower AC adapter with attached 80" DC output cord (DC output: 15V 1.2A)
  • US 2-prong plug adapter
  • 4" Ground wire (ring connector on one end and female banana connector on other end)
  • 6" Grounding adapter (spade connector on one end and IEC C14 plug on other end)
  • Plastic micro screwdriver
  • 4 Adhesive-backed rubber feet
  • User Manual
  • DIP Switch diagram
  • Audio Band Noise Floor diagram
  • Warranty / Terms & Conditions
  • The iPower X box includes:
  • iPower X AC adapter with attached 80" DC output cord (DC output: 15V 1.5A)
  • Center pin polarity adapter (positive to negative)
  • 4 DC tip adapters (C / F / G / H)
  • Warranty / Terms & Conditions

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Features & specs

Features
Cartridge Type MM, MC
Subsonic Filter Yes
Adjustable Resistance Load Yes
Adjustable Capacitance Load Yes
Vacuum Tube No
Connections
RCA Inputs 2 Pair
XLR Inputs No
RCA Outputs 2 Pair
XLR Outputs No
USB Output No
Specs
Signal-to-noise Ratio (MM) 85
Signal-to-noise Ratio (MC) 85

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Features

Overview: The iFi Audio micro iPhono3 Black Label is a compact, Class A TubeState phono preamplifier that brings out the best in your vinyl recordings. With separate inputs for Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC) cartridges, micro iPhono3 amplifies the signal, but not the noise. It offers multiple gain, load, and EQ curve options to accommodate the differences in vinyl, and to make your turntable sound as good as possible. The micro iPhono3 BL comes with the separately-package iPower X power supply to block noise from your mains from entering the audio path.

MM/MC Inputs: Separate inputs are provided for MM and MC cartridges. The output voltage of the cartridge determines which input you should choose. Cartridges with an output equal to or less than 1mV should be connected to the MC input, while those greater than 1mV should be connected to the MM input. MM and MC inputs should not be connected simultaneously. A ground wire extension and an IEC grounding adapter are included for connecting the turntable's ground wire.

Gain Setting: After connecting the turntable to the appropriate input, you should determine and set the gain. The micro iPhono3 Black Label offers gain levels from 36dB (63 times) to 72dB (4000 times) for cartridges with rated outputs from 0.1mV to 10mV. The required gain is determined by the cartridge output. On the bottom of the unit are three sets of micro-switches that need to be set according to the settings below:

Cartridge Output Gain Input
>4mV 36dB MM
1mV - 4mV 48dB
0.25mV - 1mV 60dB MC
<0.25mV 72dB

Load Setting: Every cartridge requires a load in order to sound its best. In many cases, the correct load value is stated in the cartridge manual. In other cases, you will need to determine an appropriate load value by listening for the setting that sounds the most natural. The micro-switches on the bottom panel are used for setting the correct load. A card with suggested gain and load values is included.

EQ Curve Selection: The micro iPhono3 BL uses some of the same equalization curve technology as its big brother, the $12,000 AMR PH-77, which has 23 EQ curves. The six most popular stereo EQ curves are featured in the micro iPhono3. Between 1954 and 1980, record labels slowly adopted a standard RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) EQ curve. If you're playing a pre-1980 record, it's possible that it was manufactured using a different EQ curve. The 3-way EQ curve switch on the front panel lets you choose between the RIAA EQ curve, or the Columbia or Decca EQ curve. It is suggested that you first listen with the RIAA EQ curve, then try the Decca or Columbia EQ to see which one delivers a truer sound. You can also fine tune the RIAA EQ curve using the micro-switches on the bottom of the unit. Choices include eRIAA (enhanced), RIAA, IEC, or eRIAA+IEC. The IEC and eRIAA+IEC settings add a sub-sonic filter to reduce low-frequency distortion caused by rumble from a warped record.

iPower X: Included with the micro iPhono3 Black Label is the iFi iPower X 15V/1.5A power supply. Using the iPower X significantly cleans the mains power, reducing the noise floor by more than 40dB. It features Active Noise Cancellation II, which actively cancels incoming noise, similar to the method used by ANC headphones. It uses an equal but opposite signal to remove noise in the low and mid frequencies. Passive insulating filters eliminate interference in the high frequencies. With a clean input signal, the annoying hiss typical of many phono preamps is gone.

Specifications:

  MM Cartridge
(36dB)
MC Cartridge
(60dB)
Frequency Response 10Hz - 100kHz (+/-0.3dB)
20Hz - 20kHz (+/- 0.2dB)
Dynamic Range >108dB
(A-weighted)
>106dB
(A-weighted)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio >85dB
(A-weighted re. 5mV)
>85dB
(A-weighted re. 0.5mV)
Overload Margin >26dB
(re. 5mV @ 1% THD)

>22dB
(re 0.5mV, @ 1% THD

Crosstalk <-71dB (1 kHz)
Maximum Undistorted Output 7V
(Load >=600 Ohm, THD <=1%)
THD <0.005%
(MM 36dB 1V out 600Ω load)
Output Impedance < 100 Ω
Input Voltage AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption < 5W
Dimensions Width 2.519", Height 1.005", Length 6.929"
Weight 8.8 ounces

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