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Audio-Technica Introduces AT-PEQ30 High-Performance Phono Stage

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The following is a press release from Audio-Technica.

STOW, OH, October 20, 2020 — Audio-Technica today announced the introduction of its AT-PEQ30 phono equalizer, designed to add a phono stage to a turntable setup or to serve as an upgrade from a turntable’s built-in phono preamp. The AT-PEQ30 accommodates MM (moving magnet) and MC (moving coil) phono cartridges and is designed for superlative sound quality.

“Our new AT-PEQ30 is ideal for users who need a great-sounding phono stage for use with a turntable that doesn’t have a built-in phono preamp,” noted Bob Peet, Audio-Technica US Marketing Manager. “It’s also a high-value solution for listeners who want to upgrade from their turntable’s built-in phono preamp and enjoy improved sound quality from their record collections.”

The Audio-Technica AT-PEQ30 offers a selectable MM and MC input with a fixed gain of 35 dB (MM) or 59 dB (MC). Its input impedance is 47 kilo-ohms for MM and 120 ohms for MC, for compatibility with a wide range of phono cartridges. The AT-PEQ30 delivers a 250 mV line-level output for both MM and MC cartridges.

The AT-PEQ30 is built from premium-quality precision components, with a machined aluminum front panel, gold-plated input and output connectors and other refinements. Its FET inputs ensure low noise and precise RIAA equalization with a smooth, accurate tonal balance from 20 to 20,000 Hz. Measuring just 1.9 inches high by 7.8 inches wide by 4.9 inches deep for easy installation in any system, the AT-PEQ30’s all-metal construction provides superior isolation from outside electronic and radio frequency interference (EMI and RFI).

The Audio-Technica AT-PEQ30 phono equalizer is currently available at a suggested retail price of US$229.


Input impedance: 47 Kohms (MM), 120 Ohms (MC)
Input sensitivity: 4.5 mV (MM), 0.28 mV (MC)
Rated output: 250 mV (MM, MC)
Gain: 35 dB (MM), 59 dB (MC)
S/N ratio: 100 dB (MM), 74 dB (MC)
RIAA deviation (20 – 20 KHz): ±0.5 dB (MM, MC)
Power supply: DC 15 V, 1.2 A
Power consumption: 2.5 W
Dimensions: 1.85″ H x 7.78″ W x 4.94″ D
Weight: 31.4 oz
Accessories included: AC adapter


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