Zanden Audio Systems Model 1200 Signature phono preamplifier

Zanden Audio Systems Model 1200 Signature

It would be so easy for a phono stage of this calibre to drift into audiophile hell; making a ‘beauteous’ sound that has all the details and no substance. The Zanden Model 1200 Signature never makes that crossover, staying true to the recording no matter what. When that means Keef Richards [Main Offender, Virgin], it means moving from subtle jazz tones to raucous early live sounding 1990s rock, it can track those changes without softening the blow of either. In truth, however, much of this is going over old ground; the performance of the Zanden Model 1200 Yamada-san liked so much 17 years ago and has been the subject of many column inches in Hi-Fi+ and beyond remains undimmed; it’s just got more dynamic-sounding and a lot more flexible.

It’s so easy to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’ when updating a classic. The Zanden Audio Systems Model 1200 is one such classic, both in style and substance. The style remains unchanged and the substance is improved with no downsides. In other words, the best just got better. 


Model 1200 Signature phono preamplifier

Inputs: XLR low/RCA (optional), XLR high/RCA (optional)

Outputs: XLR, RCA

Functions: Input switching (High MC or Low MC), Polarity switching, Equalisation curve switching

Phono Equalisation: Selectable from eight curves – RIAA, Teldec, EMI (H*), EMI (L), Columbia (H), Columbia (L), Decca (H*), Decca (L)
Note: H = 50kHz 4th time constant, L = 42.5kHz 4th time constant

Frequency Response: 20Hz–30KHz (±0.5dB)

Distortion: 0.13% at 2V

Gain: 64dB (1kHz, RIAA, High), 54dB (1kHz, RIAA, low)

Input Impedance: Low MC input 35Ω, High MC input 480Ω

Output impedance: 300Ω

S/N ratio (IHF-A): 73dB

Maximum Input: 5.5mV RMS at 1kHz (Low impedance MC cartridge input, 3% distortion)

Rated Outputs: 1V

Tube compliment: [main unit] (6) 6922, [power unit] (1) 6922, (2) 6CA4

Dimensions (W×H×D): [main unit] 398 × 103 × 354 mm
[power unit] 157 × 165 × 337 mm

Weight: [main unit] 9.0 kg, [power unit] 8.0 kg

Price: £28,950

Manufacturer: Zanden Audio Systems


UK Distributor: Audiofreaks


Tel: +44(0)208 948 4153

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