The EAR 868 has been designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of users, from the most demanding of audiophiles to the professional seeking high-quality monitoring equipment in the studio. It is based on the circuit designs used in the highly successful EAR 912 studio-grade pre-amp. Like the 912, the 868 features two pairs of balanced outputs and one pair of balanced inputs, all coupled via high-quality transformers. The low distortion, low noise line stage is coupled to the outside world via transformers, giving the option of balanced or unbalanced connection.
As with all EAR products reliability and practicality are key priorities and to this end all components have been selected and rated for long and trouble-free service. All 4 valves are PCC88s, a type noted for good performance and which will be around for servicing in the long-distant future. And unlike many of EAR’s competitors’ phono pre-amps there is no separate power supply box to deal with – careful design ensures that hum is kept at bay despite the inclusion of a high capacity power supply.
|Inputs||1 x phono 5 x line level unbalanced (RCA phono)|
|Tape monitor||1 x tape monitor|
|Output||2 sets Balanced XLR 2 sets Unbalanced RCA Phono|
|Line amp||S/Noise Line Amp = 90dB (1v out ref)|
|Phono section||Noise (weighted) = -80dB (IHF)|
|Input impedance||Phono 47k ohms MC input40 ohms(as standard)|
|Maximum output||5V into 600 ohms(Both balanced & unbalanced output)|
|Power consumption||24 W max total|