System Components

Budgie Hybrid Phono Preamp



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The Budgie Hybrid Phono Preamp has more gain, lower noise, and a lower output impedance than the regular Budgie, so you'll get the sound you want and the volume levels you need. It pairs up better with powered speakers, integrated tube amps, and high output moving coil cartridges.

Item Description

   - Single-ended, Class A, JFET and vacuum-tube audio path

   - Active RIAA equalization with hand-matched components

   - Uses external 6DJ8/6922 tubes for ease of tube rolling

   - 46 dB gain suitable for MM and HOMC carts

   - Exacta™ monotonic loading system allows 16 different loading choices

   - Quiet DC filaments

   - Muting circuit at start up to eliminate pops and thermal noise

   - Powered with an external 12V mini-desktop supply

   - Comes with two-year warranty from Parks Audio

   - Made in the USA

The Hybrid uses low noise Toshiba 2SK170 JFETs in a cascode configuration with the 6DJ8/6922 tubes. The noise floor drops to greater than 86dBA S/N and you'll wonder if you turned it on. The gain is upped to 46dB. So cartridges with outputs 1mV or higher will sound fantastic with no hiss. How does it sound compared to the all-tube Budgie phono preamp? In a word: fantastic. JFETs have long been regarded as great sounding devices, and the 2SK170s are classics. Since they're directly paired with the tubes, all the thermionic synergy remains (tubes are in the gain and eq circuit, unlike many of the sub-$1k phono preamps).

More about the Exacta adjustable loading and how to get the best sound from your MM cart.


   - Tubes: Two matched 6922 Electro-Harmonix tubes (included)

   - Gain: 46dB (suitable for carts with at least 2.5mV output)

   - Input Impedance: 47K, adjustable

   - Output Impedance: 600 ohm

   - RIAA Accuracy: +/-0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz

   - Distortion: less than 0.1% at 1kHz with 15mVrms input

   - SNR: at least 86dBA with 5mV input

   - Overload: Minimum headroom of 80mVrms at 1kHz

   - Warranty: Two years

   - Power: 7W

   - Input Voltage: 100 to 240VAC 50/60Hz  external 12VDC supply

      (EU-UK-OZ adapters free upon request)

   - Weight: 20 oz (570 g)

   - Size: 7” x 5” x 4.5” (180 x 130 x 115 mm)