The Bellari VP549 is a Phono Preamp – Hand Built in
We spent a considerable amount of time developing the VP549.
Hundreds of hours went into listening and improving the design. We hope you
enjoy using the VP549, and that it makes listening to your vinyl collection
rewarding. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to build a product for you
and participate in your love of quality music. We love what we do and we’re
happy to help.
All Bellari products are hand built in Salt Lake City, Utah
by people who care about high quality music.
I pose the question, “if a phono preamp has to follow the
RIAA curve (encode/decode), then why don’t they all sound similar?” To follow
the RIAA equalization curve, they have to reproduce the same frequencies at
the proper amplitude or they simply do not follow the predetermined curve.
OK, so why all the hype? Well, there could be several reasons, there are
differences in types of parts. For instance, surface mount (SMT)
parts are generally inferior to thru hole parts. If you look at the
bank-account-draining preamps, they are constructed with a technology that has
been around since the early 1970’s called “thru hole”. It is called thru hole
because all parts are connected to the PCB via the part passing thru holes on
the PCB to the other side, and then soldered in place on both sides of the
PCB. Surface mount (SMT) technology is better for high-speed digital
than analog audio. Also, attention to good audio engineering principles
helps lower noise.
At Bellari, we hand insert all of
our parts in the highest-grade double-sided PCB’s.
OK, “So, why would I buy a VP549?” I hear you
Cartridge loading is a feature rarely seen on affordable phono preamps,
and it makes a difference.
ability to attenuate output level of the cartridge is a big deal if you
need to adjust it and do not have the option to do so.
surface mount (SMT) parts are ever used at Bellari. We use all thru hole
VP549 was designed with true phase integrity. The audio signal
is not out of phase in our circuit, this is a
bigger deal than you might think.
The power supply of the VP549 is in a different league. We
built the VP549 around the power supply in an effort to make it as quiet as
possible. You simply will not need to upgrade the power supply of the VP549. We
already did that for you.
Connectors: RCA, 1/8″ TRS Stereo
41.51 dB gain @ 1kHz at the “0” setting 31.64 dB of gain at the
“-10” setting 45.66 dB of gain at the “+4” setting
Impedance: 47k ohms
Impedance: 32 ohms Headphone, 470 ohms RCA
Response: 3Hz to 36kHz
RIAA +/- 1 dB, 14Hz to 23kHz
.005% @ 1KHz
Ratio: >94 dB unweighted
Size: 5.5″w x 3.5″d x 1.25″h
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