Phono Stage

R15 – MM/MC phono preamplifier

R15 is a award winning compact MM/MC phono preamplifier, providing the ideal interface between the low-level output of a moving magnet or moving coil phono cartridge and the line-level inputs of your hi-fi system.


R15 MM/MC phono preamp is designed to amplify with honest fidelity the delicate signal from any cartridge it is paired with.

Although housed in our compact three-quarter sized 15 series cabinetry, the same care and craft that informs the design of the larger and somewhat more capable R35 MM/MC phono preamplifier has informed the design of the R15, allowing all circuits to work sympathetically together for superior sound and greater fidelity. With sufficient gain to amplify the signal from virtually any moving magnet or moving coil phono cartridge, and very flexible input adjustment allows for ideal system matching.

EISA PHONO PREAMP 2020-2021 Primare R15

“It’s the ideal interface between a high-quality record player and the line input of your amplifier.”

We are pleased to announce that, for the third year in a row, one of our new models have been honoured with a prestigious EISA award. It is satisfying to note that the EISA Hi-Fi panel not only recognised the R15 MM/MC Phono Preamp for its superior performance, but also acknowledged the flagship R35 on which its circuit design is based, identifying in each Primare’s signature sound as a “mix of weight and substance allied to detail and resolution.”

The look and feel of Scandinavia

We believe that every aspect of our products – the way they look, the satisfying feel of the controls – contributes to the overall experience of living with Primare. As a result, Primare products exude the hallmarks of Scandinavian design – simple, elegant designs, with approachable and easy to understand functionality.
An example of this is the standby button discretely placed within the Primare logo on the faceplate of our R15, R35 and A35.2 models – or as we say lagom, not too much not too little, everything in balance, proportion, and harmony.

System Building

With the 15 Series, we offer a carefully considered array of models in order to allow for the best selection to fit any of your system needs. For example, the ultimate 15 Series system might be the DD15 CD transport, SC15 Prisma preamplifier and network player, I15 analog integrated amplifier, and R15 MM/MC phono preamplifier, allowing for the best performance, analog or digital, with the greatest number of connection options. However, there may be no need for additional digital inputs, MC phono preamplification may not be requirement, or simply to address budget or size considerations, a system composed of CD15 Prisma CD and network player with an I15 MM integrated amplifier with MM15 MM phono module installed could be assembled. This compact and reasonably priced system provides multiple analog source playback, including vinyl disc, as well as digital disc, stored or streamed media playback, with remarkable power, control, and connection flexibility.

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Technical Specifications:

Gain MM RCA 1KHz: Adjustable 40, 45dB
Gain MC RCA 1KHz: Adjustable 60, 65dB
Resistance loading MM: Adjustable 2.5, 47 K Ohm
Resistance loading MC: Adjustable 30-500 Ohm (6 steps)
Capacitive loading MM: Adjustable 100, 200, 300, 400pF
Capacitive loading MC: Adjustable 100pF, 1nF
Subsonic filter: -3dB/12Hz, 12dB/octave
Maximum output level: 11V rms
Output impedance: 100 Ohm RCA
RIAA Correction: +/- 0.2dB
Channel separation MM: 80dB 1kHz
Channel separation MC: 77dB 1kHz
THD + Noise MM: <0.02% 20Hz -20kHz
THD + Noise MC : <0.03% 20Hz -20kHz
Signal to Noise MM: 83dB 1KHz A-weighted 5mV input Gain
Signal to Noise MC: 74dB 1KHz A-weighted 0.5mV input Gain
Dimensions (HxWxD): 350 x 313 x 73 mm with knobs and connectors
Weight: 6.5kg
Power Consumption: Standby: <0.5W
Operate: <20W