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EAR 868 Preamplifier

EAR 868 Preamplifier
EAR 868 PreamplifierEAR 868 PreamplifierEAR 868 Preamplifier
(£4,499.17 Exc. VAT)

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EAR Yoshino 868 Preamplifier

Our classic design valve pre-amplifier with five line inputs and a studio quality balanced input (XLR). Two line outputs and balanced outputs. Option of a built-in photostage with moving coil/moving magnet capability for direct vinyl playing.

Pride of Craftsmanship
Encased in solid built construction, to a quality you would expect. Each front fascia is CNC milled for a high level of precision typically associated with finely crafted watches. It’s 10mm thick fascia is hand-finished in flawless chrome and is matched by it’s clutter-free interface. Four gold or chrome finished controls dial in the experience.

We have a heritage of crafting products for more than 30 years and if that wasn’t enough, it’s good to know that its designed and made in England.

Breadth of Capability
Handling a variety of analogue sources, the EAR 868 is designed to be the most capable of analogue preamps. With 5 analogue inputs, connect your Hi-Fi to the latest devices, like the EAR Dac 4. Aided further by its studio heritage to bring you a pair of balanced inputs in the form of XLRs, you can connect to a whole host of devices you never thought imaginable.

The additional built-in phono stage in the EAR 868PL edition becomes its own when connecting your pickup. You’ll notice your turntables Moving Magnet cartridges come alive with grace and with the addition of a Moving Coil toggle switch, the 868PL can support a wide range of cartridges.

Shipping typically 6-8 weeks

Built on Excellence
Engineered on the same core technologies as the studio grade brother, the EAR 912. The EAR 868’s smaller size may mean theres less of it but there’s nothing less to it. It’s still big on performance with circuitry designed by Tim de Paravicini. The 868 utilises the same reliable PCC88s in a configuration of four.

The carefully built circuit boards enable performance that is low in distortion, low in noise but full of sound. Leaving reliable service that is suitable for high end professional tasks.

Inside Story
Every decision is considered. There’s no power brick. The 868 has it’s own built in power supply that reduces clutter, leaving visible just a single power cord. It’s great for performance too, keeping hum at bay and allowing for the inclusion of a high capacity design.

Both the output transformers and power transformers have been tailored for the 868. Each transformers is hand wound to exacting specifications that ultimately produce it’s exhilarating sound. Design that is intentional and rigorous.

EAR 868L (Line only) 

  • Two PCC88 (7DJ8)
  • Signal-to-noise on Line amp: 90db (1v out ref)
  • Phono Noise (weighted): -80db (IHF)

EAR 868PL (with Phonostage)

  • Four PCC88 (7DJ8)
  • Phono MM Impedance: 47KO*
  • Phono MC Impedance: 4O, 12O & 40O


  • Five Line Inputs (RCA)
  • One Balanced Input (XLR)
  • Two Ground Terminals
  • One Phono Input (RCA)
  • EAR 868L: Line only input
  • EAR 868PL: Moving magnet/Moving coil
  • Two Line Outputs (RCA) 5V into 600O
  • Two Balanced Outputs (XLR) 5V
  • One Tape Monitor (RCA)

Dimensions & Weight

  • Weight: 10kg (22lb)
  • Length: 380 mm (15”)
  • Width: 305 mm (12”)
  • Height: 100mm (4”)


  • Total Max Consumption: 24 watts
  • 240 volt / 110 Volt / 100 Volt

UK Delivery

  • FREE delivery via DPD Local By 12pm on orders to value over £300, including one hour delivery window service 'Predict & Follow My Parcel'.
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery By 1pm costs between £5.00 - £10.00 on orders to value under £300, dependent on weight.
  • Saturday or Sunday delivery available upon request for supplemental charge.

EU Delivery

  • £25 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Road service (5-7 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.
  • £50 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Air service  (2-3 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.
    Receiver is responsible for the payment of local Duties and Taxes.

USA & Canada Delivery

  • Services based on your order being shipped to the U.S. and Canada are calculated as follows:
    £100 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL international 'Day Definite' service per parcel.
    Receiver is responsible for the payment of local Duties and Taxes.


  • Not all products are available for order into Europe, USA & Canada


  • Full manufacturer's warranty on all new purchases. Standard warranty is typically 12 months to 2 years with some goods coming with 6 years manufacturer's warranty.
  • Goods purchased in UK and EU are covered by the Consumer Contracts Regulations.

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