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Phono preamplifier for moving magnet and moving coil cartridges

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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.

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.  

Need a cable?

This phono preamp does not come with an RCA cable to connect to your receiver or amp.

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

What's in the Box:

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

Wow! Great sound from this little black box. My vinyls Sound earthy and so clear! So impressed!

Ramon, Rahway, NJ


NAD PP 2e Reviews

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(26 Reviews)


Crutchfield customer from Erie, PA on 9/17/2018

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Very clear and wholesome sound



Nice for the price.

Crutchfield customer from Canandaigua, NY on 8/26/2018

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My Bang & Olufsen turntable sounds great with the NAD Phono Preamplifier PP2e, works great

Pros: Good price make well.

Cons: None

Nice sound, worth the money.

Jonathan from Ashland, MA on 8/21/2018

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I'm new to vinyl and this is my first phono preamp. Overall the sound is quite good. Rich and warm and I can pick up the nuiance in the vinyl. I am using the Ortofon Red cartridge with this preamp and I think any limitations in the quality of the sound are more likely attributed to the cartridge and not the NAD preamp. Overall this is a solid preamp and worth the investment. The flexibility of MC vs MM is nice to have too in case you ever change the type of cartridge you are using.



Dead in six months.

ANTHONY from Shelbyville, KY on 5/13/2018

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I bought it in November, it died May 1. Will not power up. When it did work the hum noise was apparent at higher volumes.




Crutchfield customer from Fairfax, VA on 4/30/2018

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This is a plug and play device for MM and MC (toggle). Easy installation and quality product.

Pros: price, installation, product



Ramon from Rahway, NJ on 4/27/2018

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Wow! Great sound from this little black box. My vinyls Sound earthy and so clear! So impressed!



Simple and great

Cristo from Bearsville, NY on 11/30/2017

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Super easy to set up, with options for MM and MC. Sounds warm and lively. Def recommend!

Pros: Small footprint, ease of use

Cons: none


Dave from Reading, PA on 10/22/2017

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Simple setup. Improved the sound quality of my turntable. Works very well with my NAD amp. Thanks!




Bill from Bradenton, Fl on 5/8/2017

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I'm very pleased no more than pleased. For a small investment my vinyl received a huge upgrade in overall sound quality. Tighter bass and more detail immediately apparent. The more I listen the more I like it. Close to ecstatic!

Pros: Price, ease of operation, size and even looks good.


Great Phono Preamp!

Elias from San Francisco, CA on 4/11/2017

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Flexible and powerful, it does what it says and then some..

Pros: Small, powerful

Cons: None to speak of


Crutchfield customer from Salt Lake City, UT on 12/28/2016

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this works great. I don't give it 5 stars because I wish I didn't need this. Just one more thing to have to turn on and manage. However, it is simple to use and very necessary for any amp that does not have a specific phono system built in.




Crutchfield customer from Knoxville, TN on 11/9/2016

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I currently have a NAD 356BEE with a phono section as an add on, but decided to add a second turntable to my system. This NAD preamp sure does the trick! Sound is excellent connected to my 80's NAD 5120 that is now dedicated to 45 rpm. I especially like that the preamp senses when it is no longer in use and turns itself off. As always, couldn't be happier with NAD products.



Pre-Amp Kicks Major A**

L from Danbury, CT on 7/5/2016

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Plugged it in, hit the button, and blastoff; my Beatle records never sounded better, yeow!

Pros: Records sound so good, I started buying them again.

Cons: N/A


John c from San Diego, CA on 6/20/2016

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Needed a pre-amp for my new turntable and this one was the right price.

Pros: Price Simplicity Works for both moving magnet and moving coil

Cons: None so far

NAD PP 2e Turntable Preamp

Greg from West Seneca New York on 4/17/2016

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Great unit, simple to install and does everything it needs to do with no additional equipment to buy. Helped boost the output power that allowed me to be able to dial back the volume unlike the built in preamps found on newer turntables. Great little unit, light weight, very small design so it takes up very little space but the best part of all, I can now play my old vinyl again and with superior sound. Couldn't ask for anything else from such a small package at a reasonable price. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to restore there old turntables and dust off the old vinyl. And once more, Crutchfield service is a 5 star all the way around. Item in stock, shipped safely and quickly and the bonus of being able to download the operators manual that allows you to do a little background research prior to buying is just an added bonus in my book!

Pros: Small, lightweight size, moderately priced, ease of installation, and the superior sound quality.

Cons: The unit has a built in auto shut down feature but no auto on feature, this isn't a huge issue but in my case an auto on feature would have allowed me to place the unit in the back side of the cabinet over having to place it up front so the on button could be reached.

Great pream

Christopher from Colubumbus, OH on 3/28/2016

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I purchased this preamp when my almost 30 y/o NAD 7220PE receiver passed on. I wanted another NAD to replace it but decided on the C316BEE, hence the need for the preamp. I had never used a preamp before, b/c it wasn't needed, but I could tell on the first play it does make a difference. I'm now searching for a new turntable to match the quality of my new gear.

Pros: Easy setup, small footprint with the same understated elegance of all NAD components.

Cons: Have yet to find one.

Well worth its Low Cost

JHH from Palmdale, CA on 2/18/2016

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Don't be discouraged or turned away by the low cost of this wonderful small phono stage preamp. It is well worth its cost. The increase in fidelity, especially the highs and backgrounds come to life with this preamp. There many more much more expensive phono stages out there, some costing in the thousands. But if you are getting back into vinyl, perhaps as I am with vinyl being a second source of music, moving my favorite "older" tunes to CDs so that they can be then ripped to my computer, this NAD phono stage is ideal. Although it has no capability for direct transfer of vinyl to the CDs, I do have a HHB CD Burner/Player connected into my music system which can receive the signals from the vinyl and burn them to CDs. A worthwhile project, indeed. Additionally, especially for my classical music collection on vinyl, this NAD phono stage is just the thing for bringing out all the special music that is not heard with a preamp phono connection. Listening is an entirely new experience for me. Many older receivers, integrateds, and preamps have only a phono connection for a Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge, the superb responses from a good Mocing Coil (MC) cartridge is not possible. This small NAD offers you the choice by a simple switch: either MM or MC. For beginning listening, beginning move to CD, for MC capability that is not there, the low cost of this NAD and its very good responses was just what I was hoping for when I bought it and installed it.

Pros: Moving Magnet / Moving Coil cartridge choice. New realism in sound for older vinyl recordings. Low cost for superior response, output and performance

Cons: No USB output present for transfer of signals --- to transfer music to CD, an external CD burner is necessary, attached to an output port (such as Tape Out) on receiver, integrated, or preamp

Excellent Value

JimmyBlues from New York on 12/31/2015

I own the original version of this phono preamp and it represents excellent value. It's well made, offers both MM & MC phono boards, and best of all sounds great. If you are interested in getting into vinyl playback inexpensively, this is a great component. Pair it with an affordable turntable like a Rega or Pro-Ject (or even better a used table like a Systemdek IIX or J.E. Michell Syncro or Mycro) and you'll have yourself an affordable analogue rig that will last for years. Highly recommended!

Pros: Small, well made, sounds great, very affordable

Cons: At this price, none...


Kenn from CA on 7/7/2015

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




roxanne from Louisiana on 4/28/2015

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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

PeterK from Charlottesville, VA on 3/9/2015

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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

Architect, not too old to rock n' roll from Austin, Texas on 2/28/2015

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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

Dave from West Virginia on 2/19/2015

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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

BlueLew3 from United States on 2/5/2015

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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.

Hexx S from N.Y,N.Y. on 9/20/2014

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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

Craig from Joliet, IL on 5/17/2014

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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!




Hands-on research

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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Why did you buy this?

Recommended by my Crutchfield advisor Allen, based upon his review of my design and specs. [ Christopher  Nov 06, 2018 ]
Seems to have consistent reviews and that it will compliment my existing equipment. Was looking for something that won't be too heavy on the low-end sound. I wanted something a little brighter and accentuated the midrange and treble. [ RedsoxJam  Aug 06, 2018 ]
Reviews [ Robert  Feb 04, 2018 ]
Reviews as well as its made by NAD [ Patrick  Sep 08, 2017 ]
needed mc preamp to use my GAS Sleeping Beauty cartridge. Reviews helped choosing this model [ ric  Feb 25, 2017 ]
Recommended by Ringo when I talked with him about connecting a Project III turntable to my new Marantz receiver. [ glenn  Feb 04, 2017 ]
Purchased a Music Hall MMF-7.3, Which Requires a PreAmp. Dolly, took care of everything and recommended this one. [ DONITA  Dec 06, 2016 ]
fantastic reviews [ EDWARD  Jun 03, 2016 ]
Stayed with same company as reciever [ Michael  Mar 06, 2016 ]
NAD quality [ S  Feb 05, 2016 ]
good review [ JOHN H  Feb 05, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

I connected my NAD Phono Preamp to an "open" port on my amp. In my case I was not using the DVD port on my amplifier, so I connected the NAD to my DVD (analog) port. It works fine with my Pioneer turntable as long as I remember to turn on/power-up the NAD by pushing the "on" button when I want to use my turntable. Hope this helps.. [ STEVEN  Feb 15, 2016 ]
you should be able to plug it in to any of your (AUDIO IN) and this should work. Red into red white into white. And your turntable should be ready to go. [ tammara  Feb 15, 2016 ]
connect it to any unused line in sockets with an rca jack [ adam  Feb 15, 2016 ]
Rca cable (red and white audio cables) [ Zane  Feb 15, 2016 ]
as far as I know it is for turntable use - the only instructions for this unit only show the guide for attaching to a turntable and then to the receiver - you could always try the manufacturer but I am pretty sure that this is used only for turntables. [ ALBERT J  Feb 21, 2015 ]
No. This particular unit is just a phono preamp. [ DAVID L  Feb 20, 2015 ]
With the right adapters perhaps. What kind of stylus do you have on your iPad? [ DONALD  Feb 19, 2015 ]
You can, but it is not needed. Typically it is used for connecting turn tables to an amp. [ JAMES A  Feb 19, 2015 ]
I don't think so just boosts the signal from a turntable. [ Andrew  Feb 19, 2015 ]
If your amplifier doesn't have a Phono in, you won't be able to use a Turntable at all, unless it has a built in preamp. The low signal output by a Turntable cartridge is too low to work at line in without a preamp. Even if your amp already has a Phono input, a separate preamp usually improves things quite a bit. Just be sure to hook your separate preamp to a line in, and not Phono in on your amp. [ DAVID L  Feb 20, 2015 ]
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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