ART DJ Pre II - phono preamp with RIAA EQ, acts as an interface between your turntable and your audio recording / playback system. analog input capacitance can be switched between 100pF and 200pF to optimize your phono cartridge response. Switchable low cut filter, gain trim control and signal/clip LED, The line output jacks are low impedance and can be used with any sound card, Input- and Outputconnectors: RCA, Frequency Response: 10Hz - 50KHz, +/-.0,5dB, Dimensions: 106 x 44 x 88 mm, Weight: 570 gr.
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I purchased this preamp to replace the internal pre amp in my audio technica at-lp120 which I have removed to improve the sound quality. I have been amazed at the difference. The preamp is very easy to setup and adjust and is small enough to hide behind my amplifier. The output is also a bit higher than the inbuilt preamp which works better with amps that don't include a phono input. I'm having to use a CD input. The only issues I have are the lights on the preamp are very bright so if not completely hidden can be distracting. This have been remedied with some black insulating tape over the lights. Also the preamp has no power switch so is always on. This is a bit of a waste of power but there are inline power switches available on the Internet that can add this functionality which I have done. Big thanks to Thommann for including a Euro to UK power adaptor.
I bought the ART DJ Pre 2 a couple of month ago and i digitized a lot of LP´s. Really great - for that price, the quality is very good.
Its very small so you can travel with it or bring it to friends very easily. it could be a little bit more heavy, but if you use the gain poty very rapidly, then it moves some centimeters.
The soundquality is awsome - very low noiselevel. even when you push it real hard.
Can not find any bad things about the DJ Pre 2, except the lights. They are very very bright - a lot to bright ;-) It really hurts my eyes, if the room is dark. Not that big deal, because its easy to paint it with a black pan, or which color you like.
I've always liked vinyl records, both the sound and the more "focused" listening experience. You don't start a vinyl record and go work for an hour. You'll have to turn it after 10-15 min so you'll be more focused, in my opinion)
I had bought a logitech surround speaker set and tried to use it with a record player I already had. Turns out it wasn't a powered one (with a built in pre-amp) so I couldn't use my new speakers.
Here is where the ART DJ Pre 2 comes in to play. this preamp was the perfect add-on to this rig to amplify my record player. The sound quality is very good, no remarks on that. And the ground connector on the the ART DJ Pre 2 is a great feature as it stops any hum comming from the (old) record player.
The set-up of the ART DJ Pre 2 is very easy and straightforward. It was up and running in no time.
My only remark would be that the blue status LED is very bright and as I like to listenen to some music before going te sleep and this lights up my room, but this might very well be a plus for someone else.
Just what I needed to get my turntable connected to the studio mixer which is essentially a line in mixer and doesn't have those RIAA converters of DJ mixers. Cheap solution and great quality for the listening purposes.
I purchased this product to connect a turntable directly to a set of active speakers at home to listen to some vinyls from time to time. Small space so no point on having a mixer or something like that so thought this would be a good solution. Connection and quality is great, metal sturdy built and easy to connect. The transformer is a bit bigger than expected and I need an adapter for UK plugs so sometimes not very steady (depends on the adapter) but does its job. Only thing missing in this unit is probably an on and off button (or even turning off when volume is all out) as you need to actually unplug it from power to turn it off. Other than that, no problems with it just yet!
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