Posted on 4th April, 2018


After celebrating its twentieth birthday in 2016 with a pair of ‘Anniversary’ editions of their classic integrated amplifiers, Audio Analogue from Italy has released the second product in its 'PureAA’ line of products.

Drawing key ideas from the Anniversary amps and adding a raft of additional features, the range includes the AAcento amplifier and now, the AAphono phono preamplifier.

Audio Analogue’s PureAA line aims to draw on some of the key features of the Anniversary amplifiers albeit applying them in a slightly different way.

While the Anniversary amps are masters of minimalist focus, the PureAA line sports a set of added features that will appeal to music lovers who seek a wider range of functions and connections in a single product.

The new AAphono phono stage is fully configurable for both MM and MC cartridges. Highly versatile, it offers plenty of adjustable options including gain and loading for MC cartridges but also the less common MM input capacitance and resistance.

The AAphono is effortlessly simple to use. No need to power off, cool down and delve ‘under the hood’. Simply press an easily accessible button to make your adjustments, which will be saved when the unit is switched off or even disconnected.

Should you be so inclined as to look under the hood, you’ll find an impressive set-up. Three separate toroidal transformers form the heart of the power supply, and hence the heart of the phono stage: one for each of the stereo channels (left and right) and, to keep the audio signal as pure as possible, a third one supplies the control circuitry.

Additionally, the power supply includes multiple filters to ensure that every section of the AAphono has the best possible operating conditions.

The AAphono features high-quality components with very tight tolerances throughout. It also incorporates a parallel circuit design in which any errors inherent within components are effectively cancelled out, adding a further ‘safety net’ to ensure consistently high performance.

The amplification is split between two separate gain stages with a subsonic filter placed between them. This prevents any low-frequency oscillation from reaching and saturating or overloading the final gain stage. Following the second gain stage, a special DC-blocking circuit ensures that no potentially harmful direct current reaches your amplifier, effectively providing a level of protection more typically associated with separate power cleaning units.

The casework is also resonance-damped and beautifully finished, in keeping with the brand’s classically simple design philosophy.

Audio Analogue’s AAphono integrated amplifier is available now, in black or silver, priced at £1,599 (inc.VAT).

Technical specifications

  • MM gain (@1KHz) - 40 dB
  • MC gain (@1KHz) - 65 dB
  • Frequency response (+/-0.25dB) - 10Hz - 20KHz
  • MM signal/noise ratio - 89 dB
  • MC signal/noise ratio - 72 dB
  • Standby power consumption (230VAC) - 0.7 W
  • Dimensions (H x W x D) - 87 x 220 x 372 mm
  • Weight - 5.8kg

For more information visit Audio Analogue.


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