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Parasound Zphono

Phono preamplifier for moving magnet and moving coil cartridges

Item # 313ZPHONO

High-grade circuits and components help reveal the warm, inviting analog sound that vinyl is known for.

High-grade circuits and components help reveal the warm, inviting analog sound that vinyl is known for.

Item # 313ZPHONO

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About the Parasound Zphono

A high-quality phono preamp

The Parasound Zphono is built with high-grade circuits and components that help reveal the warm, inviting analog sound that vinyl is known for. It's compatible with moving magnet and moving coil cartridges, so you can use it with a wide variety of turntables. And it includes an AC polarity switch that can help to alleviate hum from home power outlets.

Product highlights:

  • compatible with moving magnet and moving coil phono cartridges
  • High-grade resistors and capacitors
  • cartridge select switch (MM/MC)
  • AC polarity switch helps to eliminate hum
  • stereo RCA input and output
  • removable power cord
  • optional rack mount kit available
Performance specs:
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 84dB (MM); 58dB (MC)
  • RIAA accuracy: 0.25 dB (20-20,000 Hz)
  • input impedance: 47k ohms (MM); 100 ohms (MC)
  • gain at 1 kHz: (MM +46 dB; MC +61 dB)
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • Phono preamplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Owner's Guide

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Features & specs

Cartridge Type MM, MC
Subsonic Filter No
Adjustable Resistance Load No
Adjustable Capacitance Load No
Vacuum Tube No
RCA Inputs 1 pair
XLR Inputs No
RCA Outputs 1 pair
XLR Outputs No
USB Output No
Signal-to-noise Ratio (MM) 84
Signal-to-noise Ratio (MC) 58

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MM/MC Compatible: The Parasound Zphono is a phono preamplifier that can be used with turntables featuring a MM (moving magnet) or MC (moving coil) cartridge. There is a selector switch on the back-panel to indicate which type of cartridge you are using.

Stereo RCA Inputs/Outputs: The Parasound Zphono is equipped with stereo RCA jacks for its inputs and outputs. Connect your turntable to the Zphono's stereo RCA inputs. Connect your AV receiver or integrated amplifier to the Zphono's stereo RCA outputs.

Ground Screw: Connect the ground wire of your turntable to the Zphono's ground terminal to prevent against hum.

AC Polarity Switch: One of the most effective methods for reducing hum is to reverse the polarity of the Zphono's AC connection. The AC Polarity switch on the back-panel enables you to reverse the AC polarity. The "Normal" position is usually correct, but if background hum is audible you might eliminate it by moving the AC Polarity switch to "Invert".

Detachable AC Power Cord: The included 6' AC power cord will need to be plugged into the back of the Zphono and into an AC wall outlet or surge protector/line conditioner (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).

Optional Rack Mount Kit: The Zphono occupies only half the width of a single rack space in a standard 19" equipment rack. You can mount a single Zphono in a 1U rack space or fasten it to another Parasound Z series component using the ZRK Rack mount kit (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).

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what are good budget mm cartridges for this phono preamp?
[ CHRISTOPHER  Jul 28, 2021 ]
1 answer
I can work with a variety of MM cartridges installed onto various turntables allowing you to choose one that best matches your turntable and any improvements you are hoping to make to the cartridge you are current using on your turntable. We have advisors that can be reached by calling 1-800-324-9695 who can discuss your gear and give a personal recommendation on cartridge to use with it
[ Paul  Jul 31, 2021 ]  Staff
What are good cartridge matches for this phone pre amp? Please include budget MM cartridges.
[ CHRISTOPHER  Jul 28, 2021 ]
1 answer
the 3 I picked were as follows ate-p3 which was included with the at-lp140x an excellent choice of turn tables.all so I picked the Audio -Technica At-vm95e/h for $99.00 all ready mounted in a shell. my 3rd choice for 78 rpm as this is a 3speed turntable was audio -Technica vm670 sp for $149.99how ever you must purchase a shell the catalog has them for various prices. all are a good match for the pre amp.
[ tim  Jul 29, 2021 ]

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