PH60 phono stage for moving coil cartridges

  • Phono stage for moving coil cartridges
  • Low noise 100% discrete class-A front end
  • High-pass filter to eliminate turntable rumble
  • Internally selectable load to match cartridge

Dial In

  1. Power
    Turns on the PH60
  2. Low Cut
    High pass filter eliminates rumble from excessive bass


  1. RCA Inputs
    Connects from the turntable to the PH60. Shipped with 100 ohm input load for moving coil cartridges. Gold plated to eliminate tarnishing and ensure optimal signal transfer.
  2. RCA Outputs
    Line level output connects to preamp or receivers' -10dB line input. Gold plated to eliminate tarnishing and ensure optimal signal transfer.
  3. Ground Lug
    Standard round spade connector for the turntable ground attachment. Features knurled stainless steel thumbscrew for easy manipulation.
  4. Power
    Connection for the external 15V power supply. Features cable lock for added security. The power supply is included.


  1. Discrete Class-A Front End
    The all-important moving coil input section features a 100% discrete class-A circuit for the most demanding audiophile to deliver an exceptionally linear response.
  2. Ultra Linear Drive Circuit
    To optimize signal transfer, the PH60 employs metal-film resistors along with full-sized capacitors that are hand inserted to deliver low noise and plenty of drive.
  3. Extra Durable Switches
    Ultra high quality switches and potentiometers employ steel casings and metal shafts for long-term reliability.
  4. MC Loading Options
    25, 50, 100 Ohm or custom load to set for your cartridge.
  5. Double Sided PCB
    Through-hole solder points combine with a military spec circuit board for greater durability. A full surface ground plane reduces susceptibility to radio frequency interference.
  6. Steel Casing
    Made from virgin steel, the folded U-shape design provides a solid frame for the sensitive PC board to eliminate torque, which could lead to premature cold solder joints. Also provides excellent shielding against RF and tray magnetic fields.

MC Loading

The PH60 comes factory set at 100Ω as this will accommodate about 90% of the cartridges used today. Your phono cartridge manufacturer will suggest the appropriate load for its cartridge for optimal performance – which should be found in the cartridge’s manual or web site. If your cartridge requires a different load, simply take the cover off the PH60 and carefully pull the jumper from the 100Ω position and push it back on to the 50Ω or 25Ω position to suit. Setting the load correctly will assure the most accurate frequency response.

Some cartridge manufacturers may suggest a unique (specific) load to optimize their cartridge’s performance. To address this, a fourth ‘custom’ position in the jumper section of the PCB allows a resistor to be soldered in to suit. Simply have your dealer contact the Hafler service department with the required load and we will calculate the proper resistor. Your dealer’s service department can then insert the part at a nominal cost to accommodate your needs.


Circuit:Active operational amplifier
Inputs:RCA (left/right)
OutputRCA (left/right)
Impedance:May be set by user via internal jumpers
25, 50, 100 & Custom
Gain:70 dB @ 1 kHz


Can I connect a moving magnet (dynamic) cartridge to the PH60?

No. The PH60 is designed for moving coil (dynamic) cartridges. For moving magnet designs, the Hafler PH50 is the proper choice.

Can I connect the PH60 to the phono input on my stage?

No. Your phono stage is equipped with an RIAA equalization curve, as is the PH60. Using two of these EQ's in series would seriously degrade the sound and the signal would likely be distorted due to the level mismatch.

Can I bypass the RIAA equalization curve inside the PH50?

No. It is built into PH60 and is part of the circuit board

Should I be concerned with the length of the cables I use?

High impedance cables are generally more prone to picking up noise from radio frequencies and magnetic fields. Thus keeping the cables shorter is beneficial. As a rule, try to keep the output cables from the PH60 under 2 meters (6‘) in length.

Why does the Hafler PH60 employ an external power supply?

The low output from a turntable requires a lot of gain to bring it up to a suitable level. This also makes the circuit much more prone to noise. The transformer in a power supply generates hum which if not kept in check can generate noise. By moving the power supply outside the casing significantly reduces noise.



The PH60 reproduced the unstoppable rhythm and groove of these tracks with a musicality and coherency that was a joy to listen to. The PH60 made my records sound like music, rather than recordings. Compared to solid state digital gear in this price range, which usually delivers horribly fatiguing noise, this was a pleasant surprise.

Douglas Brown

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The Absolute Sound - Hafler PH60 Phonostage Small Wonder

The PH60 represents a solid choice for vinyl lovers in the market for a smartly engineered, well-made and affordable phonostage.

Julie Mullins

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The performance of the PH60 was impressive, especially considering its reasonable price... building a clean, quiet preamp to match the gain requirements of very-low output cartridges is a challenge for any designer, especially in this price range. Hafler has certainly succeeded with the PH60."

Gary Galo

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