B-lab

The B-lab-phono stage combines excellent measured values, especially concerning the accurate adherence to the RIAA curve, with outstanding dynamics and an exorbitant sound stage in both width and depth.

B-lab is still a familiar brand name for all aficionados of the 80s scene when the B-lab preamplifier with included phono stage was a long-time reference device of the legendary German hifi magazine “Das Ohr” (“The Ear”), which was held in high esteem due to its objectiveness (free from manufacturer advertising) and occasionally highly critical reviews. Even then, the innovative circuit designs of Bernward Schulte, who studied both mathematics and physics, raised the eyebrows of those who embraced high-end music playback. Since then, Bernward Schulte has continued to improve his circuitry concepts based on his ingenious basic idea. The MC phono is the result of these efforts, and it is setting a new standard not least due to its solid aluminum case and finest components used. .

The B-lab-phono stage combines excellent measured values, especially concerning the accurate adherence to the RIAA curve, with outstanding dynamics and an exorbitant sound stage in both width and depth.

The preamp stage employs relatively few components and works in complementary symmetrical Class A mode and, thanks to the idle current concept of the input transistors, with an especially low noise level. It is worth noting that the preamp stage adjusts automatically to the connected MC cartridge by integration of its inductor parameters. In practical terms this means that the usual hunt for the optimal load impedance (e.g. resistors, DIP switches) is a thing of the past. The preamp stage always finds the ideal measurement – for every cartridge!

– Measurements: 300 x 350 x 75 mm (width x depth x height)
– Weight: 12 kg
– Case: solid aluminum
– Automatic impedance management
– 12-stage gain adjustment
– Symmetrical input stage
– Class A – single-ended-design
– 99.999% pure copper RCA output (without nickel)
– 99.999% pure silver wiring with cotton dielectric
– Vibration damping supporting feet