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Esoteric E-02 Phonostage

Balanced Phonostage Preamplifier A flagship phonostage preamplifier

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To meet the demands of vinyl lovers the world over, ESOTERIC has poured knowledge accumulated over many years of developing audio technology into the E-02, our newest phono stage preamplifier. The E-02 inherits the philosophy that guided our highly acclaimed E-03 phono stage to be a continual best-seller for the last 8 years and adds the new fully balanced transmission and amplification circuit utilizing MC cartridges to achieve a level of analog playback that was previously unimaginable.


Spec description

Phono inputs:

XLR- 1 pair (exclusive for MC)

Input impedance- 10, 50, 100, 200, 300, 500, 1k, 10kΩ (MC, switchable)

Input sensitivity- 1mV (MC, 1kHz, at rated output)

Maximum input level- 4.8mV (MC, THD 0.1%)

RCA- 2 pairs (MC/MM)

Input impedance

MC- 10, 50, 100, 200, 300, 500, 1k, 10kΩ (switchable)

MM- 47kΩ

Input sensitivity

MC- 1mV (1kHz, at rated output)

MM- 20mV (1kHz, at rated output)

Maximum input level

MC- 4.8mV (THD 0.1%)

MM- 100mV (THD 0.1%)

Analog audio outputs (switchable):

XLR/ES-LINK Analog- 1 pair

Output impedance- 20Ω

Rated output level- 4Vrms

RCA- 1 pair

Output impedance- 23.5Ω

Rated output level- 2Vrms


Power supply- AC 230V, 50Hz

AC 120V, 60Hz

AC 220V, 60Hz

External dimensions (WxHxD)- 445 x 131 x 377mm

17 5/8" x 5 1/4" x 14 1/4" (including protrusions)

Weight- 12.5kg/27 5/8 lb

Included accessories- Power cord x1

Felt pads x3 

Owner's manual x1

Warranty card x1

Audio performance

RIAA deviation- ±0.2dB (10 to 20kHz)

Total harmonic distortion- 0.007% (1kHz, MM, rated output)

S/N ratio

MC- 80dB (Input short, rated output, IHF-A)

MM- 100dB (input short, rated output, IHF-A)


XLR- 72dB (MC)

46dB (MM)

RCA- 66dB (MC)

40dB (MM)

Channel separation- <-96dB (MM, 10kHz)

Sub-sonic filter- 17Hz-6dB/octave