The European Audio Team, better known as E.A.T., has released a valve-based phono pre-amplifier, the E-Glo Petit. (Pictured above and below. Click on image for larger version.)

Offering both moving-coil and moving-magnet phono inputs, both of which can be adjusted to suit an extremely wide range of cartridge loading requirements for gain, impedance and capacitance, the E-Glo Petit’s circuitry is a hybrid design, using both 12AX7 valves and 2SK209 J-FETs, with not a single op-amp anywhere in sight. ‘With its fully discrete, op-amp-less design, we were able to achieve an outstanding sound in a small and compact form factor,’ says Jozefína Lichtenegger of E.A.T. ‘And because the E-Glo Petit is the sibling of our highly acclaimed and award-winning E-Glo S, it has stunning dynamics, a clear midrange and high-resolution definition, it punches ‘way above its weight.

Lichtenegger told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine that E.A.T. designed the E-Glo Petit’s power supply so that the valves stay ‘hot’ all the time to ensure that whenever you want to listen to music, the E-Glo Petit is ready to instantly deliver maximum performance. ‘We put a lot of time and effort in getting the power supply just right for E-Glo Petit, as we believe it is a critical and important part of the signal path,’ she said. ‘It’s regulated and filtered for best performance, particularly in the area of noise, which is very low, with a weighted signal-to-noise ratio of 87dB. No other tube phono preamplifier on the market is even getting near this result.’

Manufacturer’s Specifications: EAT E-Glo Petit Phono Preamp
RIAA Accuracy: 20Hz–20kHz ±0.1dB
S/N Ratio: 70dB/87dB (unweighted/A-weighted)
THD: 0.15%
Gain: 40,45,50,60,65,70dB
Input Impedance (Low): 10,18,43,75,150,300,600,1200Ω
Input Impedance (High): 30,36,42,47,53,59,65,75kΩ
Load Capacitance: 50,150,270,370,520,620 pF
Output Impedance: 100Ω
Subsonic Filter: 20Hz @ 18dB/octave
Dimensions (WHD): 226×78×262mm

EAT is currently not distributed in Australia, so any Australians wanting a unit should contact the New Zealand distributor, Audio Reference, for information about the E-Glo Petit. In New Zealand, it retails for NZ$2,500.