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Phono preamplifier with USB output

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Item # 745PP3

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Our take on the NAD PP 3

There's no need to give up that record collection just because your receiver doesn't have a phono input. Add the NAD PP-3 to your system, and you can connect your turntable to any of your receiver's line-level inputs. And your options don't stop there. A USB port lets you connect your turntable to a PC so you can transfer your record collection to your computer's hard drive. Use the included VinylStudio™ Lite software to archive your records as high-quality digital files for easy transfer to recordable CDs.

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with moving magnet and moving coil phono cartridges
  • line-level input for connecting an additional device such as a cassette deck
  • line-level output
  • USB port for connecting to a PC (includes USB cable)
  • built-in analog-to-digital converter
  • includes VinylStudio Lite software for converting LPs to CD
  • external power supply for reduced noise and interference
  • RIAA response accuracy +/- 0.3dB (50Hz-20k)
  • 5-3/8"W x 2"H x 3-7/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Phono preamp
  • AC adapter with attached 6' output cord (24 VDC/100 mA)
  • 30" Retractable USB cable (USB Type-A plug on one end and USB Type-B on the other)
  • VinylStudio Lite CD ROM
  • Warranty information
  • Instructions and specifications on box

NAD PP 3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Vinyl collection resurrected

Bob from Virginia Beach VA on 4/3/2010

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This neat little box has brought my collection of vinyl back to life. The analog pre-amp function worked great. There is a selection for moving coil or moving magnet phono cartridge. I didn't know which I had but tech support explained that the difference is simply the dB gain ratio. The USB digital connection to my computer took a little experimenting. The default recording volume setting was "max" which resulted in horrendous static noise. It took a little trial and error to get the setup correct for the sound card so that the volume control was functional. The provided software starts up in learn mode which was helpful in learning the operation. I was pleased that the software was compatible with Windows 7. There does not appear to be any provision for automatic recording level control. Recording quality sounded very good on my mid-quality audio system




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RIAA EQ: The built-in passive equalizer curve follows the RIAA standard within 0.3 dB, measured from 50 Hz to 20 kHz (within 1 dB from 20 Hz to 50Hz).

USB: Using the USB Type-B port on the front panel, the phono signal can be routed to your computer; with the included VinylStudio Lite software LPs are easily converted to CD (Macintosh version available on NAD's web site). The PP 3 has an analog to digital converter (A/D) that optimizes the gain for the best signal to noise ratio and lowest distortion. The USB output is 16-bit linear PCM signal sampled at 48 kHz.

Cartridge: The PP3 accepts inputs from either moving magnet (MM) or moving coil (MC) cartridges. On the rear panel there are separate RCA inputs for MM and MC, and a switch to choose which you are using.

Line Input: The RCA line inputs allow you to send a standard source to the internal A/D converter and use the included software to record to your computer. Another switch on the rear panel selects the phono or line input. The line input can also replace the input on your receiver taken by the PP 3.

Ground: A post on the rear panel provides easy grounding for your turntable.


  • Input Impedance:
    • MM: 47 kΩ + 200 pF
    • MC: 100 Ω + 180 pF
  • Gain:
    • MM: 35 dB
    • MC: 58 dB
  • Input Sensitivity: 300 mV output
    • MM: 5 mV
    • MC: 0.38 mV
  • S/N:
    • MM: 76 dB (A-weighted with cartridge connected)
    • MC: 78 dB (A-weighted with cartridge connected)
  • Input Overload: (20 Hz/1 kHz/20 kHz)
    • MM: 10/100/900 mV
    • MC: 0.65/6.5/60 mV
  • THD: <0.03% (20 Hz-20 kHz, 3 volt output)
  • RIAA Response Accuracy:
    • 50 Hz-20 kHz: +/-0.3 dB
    • 20 Hz-50 Hz: +/-1
  • Infrasonic Filter:
    • -3 dB: 10 Hz
    • -14 dB: 5 Hz

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