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Parasound Zphono Phono Preamplifier

Regular price $249.00 USD
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A high-quality phono preamp

The Parasound Zphono is built with high-grade circuits and components that help reveal the warm, inviting analog sound that vinyl is known for. It's compatible with moving magnet and moving coil cartridges, so you can use it with a wide variety of turntables. And it includes an AC polarity switch that can help to alleviate hum from home power outlets.

Product highlights:

  • compatible with moving magnet and moving coil phono cartridges
  • High-grade resistors and capacitors
  • cartridge select switch (MM/MC)
  • AC polarity switch helps to eliminate hum
  • stereo RCA input and output
  • removable power cord
  • optional rack mount kit available

Performance specs:

  • signal-to-noise ratio: 84dB (MM); 58dB (MC)
  • RIAA accuracy: 0.25 dB (20-20,000 Hz)
  • input impedance: 47k ohms (MM); 100 ohms (MC)
  • gain at 1 kHz: (MM +46 dB; MC +61 dB)

Dimensions and warranty:

  • 8-1/2"W x 2"H x 10"D
  • weight: 4 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the box:

  • Parasound Zphono owner's manual
  • Phono preamplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Owner's Guide

Features & specs

Cartridge Type MM, MC
Subsonic Filter No
Cartridge Loading Fixed
Adjustable Resistance Load No
Adjustable Capacitance Load No
Vacuum Tube No
RCA Inputs 1 Pair
XLR Inputs No
RCA Output 1 Pair
XLR Output No
USB Output No
3.5mm Output No
Optical Output No
Coaxial Output No
Signal-to-noise Ratio (MM) 84
Signal-to-noise Ratio (MC) 58

Product Research


MM/MC Compatible: The Parasound Zphono is a phono preamplifier that can be used with turntables featuring a MM (moving magnet) or MC (moving coil) cartridge. There is a selector switch on the back-panel to indicate which type of cartridge you are using.

Stereo RCA Inputs/Outputs: The Parasound Zphono is equipped with stereo RCA jacks for its inputs and outputs. Connect your turntable to the Zphono's stereo RCA inputs. Connect your AV receiver or integrated amplifier to the Zphono's stereo RCA outputs.

Ground Screw: Connect the ground wire of your turntable to the Zphono's ground terminal to prevent against hum.

AC Polarity Switch: One of the most effective methods for reducing hum is to reverse the polarity of the Zphono's AC connection. The AC Polarity switch on the back-panel enables you to reverse the AC polarity. The "Normal" position is usually correct, but if background hum is audible you might eliminate it by moving the AC Polarity switch to "Invert".

Detachable AC Power Cord: The included 6' AC power cord will need to be plugged into the back of the Zphono and into an AC wall outlet or surge protector/line conditioner (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).

Optional Rack Mount Kit: The Zphono occupies only half the width of a single rack space in a standard 19" equipment rack. You can mount a single Zphono in a 1U rack space or fasten it to another Parasound Z series component using the ZRK Rack mount kit (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).