Drawing on designer Tim de Paravicini’s vast knowledge of audio electronics, the EAR 88PB Phono Preamplifier is a definitive statement in valve electronics.

Its specification is a perfect match of essential flexibility with cost-conscious simplicity. Two inputs cater for the growing number of vinyl-lovers with more than one turntable or arm with moving coil provision using de Paravicini’s famed input transformers for lowest noise and highest fidelity. (read Art Dudley in September 2007’s Stereophile on why he believes transformers are clearly best)

MC input impedance is adjustable internally in the rare case when needed. The inclusion of a volume control allows for direct connection to a power amp bypassing preamp degradation for the best possible sound or in the 2:00 o’clock position it’s virtually out of circuit.

To avoid cable-dependent high frequency response, a highly linear buffer stage follows the volume control, using an output transformer which provides balanced or single-ended output at a low impedance which can effortlessly drive long cables.

Other exclusive design details include a unique high stability circuit for achieving the RIAA equalization curve demanded by discs, and of course the superb all-round sound quality of all EAR amps is guaranteed.

 

Specifications EAR Yoshino 88 PB I

banc d'essai / récompense / recommandé I

i n p u t s 1 x MC / 1 x MM
t u b e s PCC88 x 4
o u t p u t s 1 x pair RCA / 1 x pair XLR
g a i n 52 dB MM / 72 dB MC
i n p u t  i m p e d a n c e MM 47K ohms / MC 4 or 40 ohms - selectable
o u t p u t   i m p e d a n c e 60 ohms
w e i g h t 7 Kgs
f i n i s h (main chassis - black) chrome with gold or silver buttons
d i m e n s i o n s 290 X 235 X 105  ( w x d x h ) mm

It was long waiting line and it took over two years to get to the reward. It was worth the wait. After a fairly short period of mental adaptation, the superb musicality of the EAR 88PB becomes readily apparent. I may now be back at the starting point of a long line waiting for an even better phono stage, but I know I will enjoy my time with this product. The EAR 88PB is a very musically involving phono preamplifier, one with a character that honors the art and joy of music.