Input Capacitance

A project log for Muffsy Phono Preamp PP-3

DIY Hifi Phono Stage

skrodahlskrodahl 06/11/2015 at 10:500 Comments

Phono cartridges need some input capacitance to function properly, and the Muffsy Phono Preamp PP-3 now lets you add capacitors to fill that need.

We're talking about small levels of capacitance, if any, from 0 and upwards to 200 pF. There is space for these capacitors on the PCB, shown in orange below:

As the capacitance of the cabling in the tone arm and your signal cables often will be enough (and in many cases too much), you are advised to not install these two capacitors. How do you do that? Just leave the spots empty.

If you don't know if you need any extra input capacitance, chances are that you don't.

There are a lot of resources on the Internet that discuss this topic in detail. That would be outside the topic of this project note, so please consult the web for more information.