Sound of silence
Hi-Fi Choice|December 2021
This all-valve phono stage is a fastidiously engineered piece of kit. Ed Selley sees if it lives up to the gold standard
Ed Selley

DETAILS

PRODUCT Leben RS-30EQ

ORIGIN Japan

TYPE Phono stage

WEIGHT 6kg

DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 340 x 140 x 240mm

FEATURES

MM phono stage with passive EQ circuit

Single RCA input

Single RCA output

DISTRIBUTOR Midland Audio X-Change Ltd.

TELEPHONE 01562 731100

WEBSITE lebenhifi.com

Leben’s amps and preamps are exclusively line-level only so, in order to provide an in-house option for analogue fans, the RS-30EQ phono stage exists as a standalone external unit that can be connected to a turntable. Like everything else the company makes, it is a valve-based design. The circuit is built around a pair of JAN 12AT7A valves with a single 6X5GT working as a rectifier.

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