Ultimate performance MM / MC phono stage

BACH is one of the very rare phono preamps to use a fully discrete JFET input suitable for low output MC systems. This was made possible by using hand-picked JFETs designed for very demanding applications such as pharmaceutical process quality control or survey telescopes (LSST).


Ultimate quality, 2x inputs, MM / MC, flexible and intuitive phono stage
The Johann Sebastian Bach phono stage, or JSB for short, has two freely configurable inputs that can be connected via XLR or, alternatively, via cinch. The extremely simple operating concept visualizes the operating status via LEDs on the front panel. Of course, the selected configuration is saved after switching off, so that all settings are available again the next time you listen to music.

Ultra precise, passive RIAA networks for accurate phase and frequency response
The passive equalization network reproduces the RIAA curve with an accuracy of ± 0.1 dB. The lower pole / zero pair (3180 μs / 318 μs) and the upper pole (75 μs) are deliberately designed separately to avoid interference between the two. An integrated low-cut filter (5 Hz, -12 dB / octave) removes excessive subsonic frequencies. It is also worth mentioning that the filter networks act between the symmetrical stages and is not connected at any point to the potentialy noisy ground.

Large geometry, super low noise JFET-input-stage
Discrete JFET input stage connected in parallel to reduce input noise. Similar to tubes, JFET’s do not load the signal source; in particular, no direct currents (DC bias) can flow in or out of the phono input. This is particularly important to avoid magnetization of the pickup. The symmetrical structure of the input does the rest, the pickup only “sees” the selected terminating resistor and nothing else.

Additional information

Weight 15 kg
Dimensions 442 × 25.6 × 21 cm

Bront black anodized, chassis black and silver anodized.


50 – 60 – 70dB

Signal-to-noise Ratio

Gain = 50dB, @ Uin =
5mV: 96dB(A)
Gain = 60dB, @ Uin =
500μV: 78dB(A)
Gain = 70dB, @ Uin =
500μV: 77dB(A)

Equivalent Input Noise

64nV = -144dBV

Input Impedance

30 – 100 – 300 – 1k – 47kΩ

Frequency Response

+/- 0.2dB max

Low Cut Filter

5Hz, 12dB / octave

Distortion and Noise

< 0.004% @ 0dBV
(Gain = 50dB)
< 0.015% @ 0dBV
(Gain = 70dB)

Max Output Level

19V rms balanced

Output Impedance

10 Ω per phase