The Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage is the high-end Italian brand’s new premium phono stage and we have one here at Hifi Pig Towers, watch out for the review soon.

Gold Note’s PH-1000 phono stage is an ultra-low noise phono stage with high gain and no audio filters, which is designed to be easy to use.

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage

The Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage in gold finish


The Gold Note PH-1000 combines a digital interface with a Class-A discrete component design, offering a wide range of equalisations, gain, load and capacitance adjustments to correctly match any cartridge. It doesn’t just come with 18 EQ curves available for Stereo, Mono and 78rpm records, it allows you to adjust the equalisation to virtually recreate any EQ curve ever used to press a record, claim Gold Note.

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage

The Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage in black


It also has a headphone output with dedicated volume control, three independent inputs (RCA and XLR), and the Single Knob Control (the Gold Note signature rotary control) that allows you to navigate the menu on the display to change settings while playing music. There is also external load, Stereo/Mono control, phase inversion, L/R channel swap and Rumble subsonic filter, plus it can optionally feature a built-in Class-A line preamplifier.

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage and Mediterraneo turntable


Gold Note told us: “You could say this is the result of a modern approach to the concept of HiFi inspired by the needs of the contemporary audiophile. The whole design is in fact based on a very simple idea: to control analogue components through a digital interface and get rid of dip-switches, external boards and other less practical solutions. The other simple idea that emerges is that the audio signal path is always as short as possible to preserve the highest audio quality. The same idea inspired the addition of the headphone output, which makes it possible to create the shortest audio chain ever, going from the cartridge to your ears in only 4 steps. Or the Class-A line preamp that allows the PH-1000 to be connected straight to your power amp. The reason behind it is that the shorter the path, the better the audio quality”.

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage


The Gold Note PH-1000 phono stage features 12 load options (from 10Ω to 100KΩ), 14 gain levels (from 31dB to 74dB) and 7 options to adjust the capacitance (from off to 1000pF). There are 3 RCA and 2 XLR inputs which can also be used for external load plugs, and a dedicated connector for the external power supply.

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage rear panel

The rumble filter can be turned ON/OFF (it’s a 10Hz/36dB octave filter) and the Stereo/Mono control allows for 5 different settings (Stereo, Stereo 180°, Mono, Mono 180°, Mono L). Last but not least, it comes with a remote and the headphone output level can be set to High or Low to match a wide range of headphones despite their sensitivity.

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage

Inside the Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage

There are 4 EQ curve setups that can be manually adjusted by acting on three main parameters (turnover bass, bass shelf and treble cut) using exclusively analogue technology. Each curve can also be further customised using the proprietary “Enhanced” function which comes from the Neumann Cutting Lathe project.

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage internal power supply


Available in two models – PH-1000 (suggested retail price of €9,600) and PH-1000 LINE (€13,500), with the LINE model featuring the Class-A line preamp stage.

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage

Gold Note PH-1000 Phono Stage logo

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