Era Gold V- MM Phono Preamp

Era Gold V MM Phono Preamp

The 'Miraculous' Era Gold V - Still Going Strong

The Era Gold V works wonders with moving magnet and high output cartridges.

So much so it had one influential reviewer declaring it to be miraculous!

The Era Gold V takes over the reigns from where our legendary Gram Amp range leaves off in taking your vinyl sound to greater depths and heights.

The Era Gold V phono preamp is available supplied with the PSU1 power supply, and a choice of voltages and power plugs; or in budget form with basic power supply, allowing you to upgrade to the PSU1 at a later date. Also available with mono switch option.

Basic power supply

Era Gold V Basic power supply

PSU1 power supply

Era Gold V PSU1 power supply

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The Era Gold V is a "legacy product" superseded by the Reflex M. It was due to be retired along with the Jazz Club archival phono preamp variant. However, public demand for both these phono preamps is still high and we therefore continue to manufacture and support them.

The Era Gold V Sound Took Many By Surprise

At the time when the Era Gold V was launched (2002) it was considered outragous to make a high quality solid-state phono preamp just for high output cartridges (but OK if you did it with tubes...).

But it gave those with less fortunate budgets the chance to hear what people with moving coil were hearing, giving moving coil a run for its money.

It was so good that many dealers hid them away for fear of their moving coil sales (honestly - it's true); and it wasn't until Michael Fremer reviewed it in the US Stereophile magazine, and TNT's Geoff Husband reported on it, that what it does for music became more widely known.

It Didn't Sound Like A CD Player

At a time when others were trying to win converts to vinyl by making it sound like CD - hoping to sell more phono preamps - the Era Gold V instead pushed the bandwidth much further which led to a more refreshing and inspiring sound.

Giving vinyl 'room to breathe' it also did the same great 'trick' as the Gram Amps, in pushing surface noise back and bringing the music to the fore.

Little wonder then that Michael Fremer declared it miraculous. By the way, he still uses his Era Gold V and it often features in tests.

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Specification

ItemMeasurement
Input range2mV to 10mV
Output (for input range)252mV to 1,260mV (1.26V)
Maximum input39mV rms
Maximum output4.914V rms
Gain42dB (126) at 1kHz
Input impedance47k Ohms plus 100pf
Output (driving/source) impedance910 Ohm
Recommended load impedance10k Ohm or greater
Noise at output-65dB CCIR Q-pk
Distortion0.02%
RIAA accuracy< 0.5dB
Channel balance0.2dB
Channel separation64dB
Size (approx.)W: 107 x H: 50 x D: 180 (mm) inc. jacks

Specifications subject to alteration without notice in keeping with our continuous improvement policy.

Reviews

Given its price and its miraculous - and this agnostic means miraculous - performance. I recommend the GSP Audio Era Gold Mk.V as enthusiastically, if not more so, as I've recommended any product I've reviewed and recommended in all the years I've been doing this.
- Michael Fremer, Analog Corner, Stereophile, January 2004

OK I'm going to nail my colours to the mast... Lucio has banned us from saying "best I've ever heard" "never heard anything as good" etc as it begs the question "compared to what?" and is often meaningless hype. But here I've listed the runners and riders, added the caveat "in my system and room" and finally "to my ears", so here goes. The Era Gold + Elevator EXP is the best phono combination for MC's I've ever heard - period...
- Geoff Husband, TNT Audio, July 2002

The output level of 2.8mV suited all the moving magnet stages I played it through, with especially good results through the inexpensive Pro-Ject Tube Box and better still through my new in-house reference, the Graham Slee Era Gold V.
- Phil Gold - review of Dynavector DV-20XH Cartridge, March 2005, EnjoyTheMusic.com

After about 3 weeks of burn-in I finally got to use my new Era Gold. The first album I listened to was Muddy Waters, Folk Singer and my first response was WOW! He was right there in the room with me. I had been using the phono section of my NAD preamp but now connect the Era Gold to a line input on the same preamp. For what it’s worth I use a Marantz TT-15S1 turntable with a Clearaudio Virtuoso Ebony MM cartridge.
- forum member: kgilroy

Hi All, my first post on any forum, so please excuse any silly errors. Having moved house and now able to have neighbour free space for music again after many years away from hifi I got what I thought was a reasonable setup. Originally based around cd, I got the system sounding pretty good to me. Then I got an old turntable, got hold of a project phono se amp, dug out my old vinyl and started to read of the superior sound of vinyl over digital. As much as I was open to believing this, I just was not getting this experience. So set of down the track of upgrade. First New Turntable, then new cartridge. but whilst a small improvement, still not up to my cd setup. Then came the Era Gold V. I won't try and go into detail about my experience, but will say, that was the link that has now made me truthfully realise how Vinyl is listening on an entirely different level to none hi res digital. I have also had an opportunity to compare my creek 21 SE headphone amp to the GSP products, I am now saving my pennies. (no comparison even at exactly the same price point) Thank you to Graham and his team for making products that IMHO are without equal for value in the hifi market.
- forum member: eleydesign