Blue Horizon Profono phono preamp aims to give your vinyl a boost

Blue Horizon Profono

Audio accessories specialist Blue Horizon has a new MM/MC phono preamplifier, the £695 Profono.

Two years development has gone into making it, with the aim of creating "a genuinely high-end solution at an affordable price" for those who want to make the most of their record collection.

The 'dip switches' used on cheaper phono stages are replaced by a system of plug-in shunt resistors to set input impedance accurately.

Those interchangeable shunt resistors plug in to a pair of RCA sockets on the Profono's back panel. Three sets are included as standard. If the user requires an alternative input impedance to suit a specific cartridge, Blue Horizon will custom build a pair of shunt resistors on request.

A rear-mounted toggle switch gives three settings for cartridge gain: moving coil low (50dB), moving coil high (61dB) and moving magnet (41dB).

The all-aluminium casework minimises interference, and there's an external power supply to keep noise and distortion as low as possible.

Blue Horizon says the Profono will be available in the UK from April in black or plain aluminium.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.