Bellari PA-550 Pre-amp Phono & Line Level - $80 (New Lenox)

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I've used this with my Rotel 50WPC amplifier and OnkyoC-7030 CD player since 2019, and it has never let me down. A truly remarkable preamp that outperforms some full-sized preamps that I've heard. I've since upgraded to an Emotiva USP-1 preamp, and no longer need this slick little unit from Bellari. Ideal for a desktop system, but as I've said it has no problem powering a home stereo system just like they describe...

From their website:
Bellari Audio

PA550 – 4 Ch. Preamp with Phono

The PA550 is a sleeper. Its smaller compact design may lead you to believe that it is just another pre… but…

IT IS A MONSTER, it has so much gain potential that it will drive any amplifier made with ease, and not even break a sweat.

The amount of headroom available in the PA550 can only be rivaled by pre’s that cost enough to drain anyone’s bank account.

The PA550 tone is full-bodied, letting you know right away that all frequencies are covered and nothing is masked. It never gives you the impression that it is making the treble too shimmery or that the bass response has been overly fluffed up.

This is an all-American, bold, strait-forward approach to reproducing your music.

The phono input has a lot of surprising overtones that will truly bring your vinyl to the next level, designed to be used with Moving Magnet or High output Moving Coil carts. The most surprising feature of the 550 is when you plug your phone into it (yes, we know phones have over-compressed formats that don’t ever qualify to be called “high end” or dare I use the word “audiophile,” but, for us, sometimes you just need the convenience of plugging your phone in and streaming something!) This is truly where the 550 makes its living. The improvement of substandard formats is what the 550 will be known for. Plug your phone into the 1/8″ on the front panel, adjust the tone controls, and away you go. YES, tone controls, the purist’s worst nightmare… the audiophile’s reason for not even acknowledging a piece of equipment. The reality is that when reproducing some music, you need to boost the treble a bit or pump up the bass. Sure, you could sell your current speakers and buy some that cost a lot more OR you could just adjust the controls to your liking, and bring your listening experience to a higher level.

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