High-Performance Phono Preamplifier


  • XPS-1
  • XPS-1
  • XPS-1
  • XPS-1
  • XPS-1
  • XPS-1
  • XPS-1
  • XPS-1


High-Performance Phono Preamplifier


High-performance add-on external phono preamp for moving coil and moving magnet cartridges.
  • The XPS-1 is a high-performance phono preamplifier, which features support for both moving coil and moving magnet phono cartridges. The XPS-1 delivers excellent performance, with very low noise and distortion, and exceptionally accurate RIAA equalization.

    The XPS-1 accepts standard RCA inputs and outputs, and will work with any equipment which offers line level analog inputs, which makes it an excellent way to add a high-quality phono input to our XMC_1 or MC-700 processor, or to add an extra phono input to your favorite preamp.

    Advanced Design for Exceptional Performance

    The XPS-1 takes its cues from Emotiva’s precision line-level equipment, with high-quality components throughout the signal path for accurate RIAA equalization, extremely low noise for even low-output cartridges, and vanishingly low distortion. Special attention was paid to the low-noise power supplies; both the external highly regulated AC supply and the individual switching supplies within the XPS-1.

    Flexible Support For A Broad Range of Cartridges

    The circuitry in the XPS-1 is designed to provide the optimum gain and noise performance for both Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC) cartridges. You can configure the load impedance on the Moving Coil input to achieve the best sound for your particular cartridge.

    Small and Affordable—Ideal for Multiple Turntables

    Best of all, the XPS-1’s performance doesn’t come at a high price, and its small size makes it the ideal companion for your turntable, without sacrificing rack space. Have multiple turntables? Get an XPS-1 for each, and prepare yourself for sweeping vistas of beautiful analog sound—with 21st Century performance!

    The new sound of vinyl: XPS-1.

  • Superb Sound Quality And Ultimate Convenience

    • Combines superb analog sound quality with excellent technical performance.

    • Precise equalization to the standard RIAA curve (within +/- 0.25 dB).

    • Support for both Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC) cartridges.

    • User selectable termination impedance for Moving Coil cartridges.

    • Exceptional signal-to-noise ratio and very low distortion.

    • Sophisticated multi-stage power supply for superior noise performance.

    • All metal case for ruggedness and excellent immunity from noise and interference.

    • Convenient form factor for placement close to the turntable.

    • Gold plated solid brass input connectors, output connectors, and ground terminal.

    • Ideal for adding high-quality phono inputs to any stereo preamp or pre/pro.

    • Small and economical enough that you can use one for each turntable.

  • Audio Specifications

    • Input Impedance:
      MM: 47k Ohms.
      MC: user selectable between 47, 100, 470, 1k Ohms.

    • Gain:
      MM: 40 dB.
      MC: 60 dB.

    • Frequency Response:
      MM: RIAA + / – 0.12 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
      MC: RIAA + / – 0.25 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz.

    • Signal to Noise Ratio (S/N; A weighted):
      MM: > 96 dB.
      MC: > 79 dB.

    • THD:
      MM: <0.0075 % @ 1 kHz; < 0.02%, 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
      MC: <0.006 % @ 1 kHz; < 0.05%, 20 Hz – 20 kHz.


    • Dimensions:
      5-1/2” long x 2-1/2” wide x 5/8” high (excluding connectors and switches).
      Allow ¾” clearance on each end for connectors.
      Allow ¾” clearance on top for switches

    Power Requirements

    • External AC power pack.

    • Operating voltage: 
      Between 100 VAC and 240 VAC @ 50 / 60 Hz (automatically detected).


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