ModWright PH 9.0 Tube Phono Stage


ModWright PH9.0 Tube Phonostage

The PH 9.0 takes the reference performance of
the PH 150 tube phono stage to a level of performance that belies its affordable price.
Both the PH 9.0 and PH 150 are ideal for reference systems or secondary audiophile systems. Both
were optimized by designer/owner Dan Wright to provide the most natural and musical presentation
of analog playback. Extensive testing with both MM and MC cartridges and a series of reference
turntables and tone arms proved the performance of this new design.
The PH 9.0 retains the flexible MC loading and gain adjustment of the PH 150 and similar circuitry,
but in a smaller enclosure. This allows for great flexibility and adjustment to suit any system. The
external power supply and 6ft umbilical allow for ease of setup and placement.

Available in following versions:

Standard $5,650

With XLR $6,300

PH9.0X  $7,690

Manufacturer’s website ModWright

ModWright PH9.0 MM/MC Phonostage Specifications

The PH 9.0 uses the same (2) 6C45 and (2) 6922 tube complement and embodies the same tonality,
soundstage and musical presentation of the reference line. Max MC and MM gain of 64dB and 52dB
respectively, as well as 0dB, -6dB and -12dB gain adjustment, accommodate a broad range of MM
and MC cartridgesThe back panel features one set each, MM and MC RCA inputs and one set of RCA main outs as
well as optional (additional cost) fully balanced, transformer coupled XLR main outs. Turntables with
two tone arms are easily accommodated, and with an outboard step-up transformer for the MM input,
two MC cartridges may also be used.
Dimensions: 10”L x 10”W x 4”H (phono); 9”L x 7”W x 3”H (power supply).

PH-9.0X Model:

What the PH 9.0X upgrade includes:
The upgrade to the PH 9.0X involves the addition of a pair of Lundahl gapped output transformers, commonly used in SET tube amps. The addition of these transformers also means the elimination of a pair of chokes and coupling caps, all in the signal path.

Why this upgrade?:
The circuit change made to the PH 9.0X, make it much closer to the PH 150 in terms of overall circuit design. Various other circuit differences in the PH 9.0 vs. the PH 150 were implemented, to see where the PH 9.0 could be improved. Most either made no difference, or for whatever reason, did not sound as good in the PH 9.0. This circuit change however DOES make a difference. The use of the Lundahl output transformers was one of the cost cutting design changes made to the PH 150 to achieve the PH 9.0. I found that the improvements were simply big enough that it warranted offering the upgrade, as an add cost option for the PH 9.0.

Sonic Benefits:
The sonic benefits of this circuit change are obvious and significant! There is better bottom end, more weight and authority to the sound as well as improved resolution, detail and soundstage.

Please read reviews below:

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ModWright Instruments PH9.0 Phono Stage review in “StereoNet” Online Magazine, January 2021

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MODWRIGHT PH9.0 PhonoStage Review in ” AUDIOPHILIA “ Online Magazine, April 2020 


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ModWright Instruments PH9.0
Phono Stage review by “ Positive Feedback “ Online Magazine, June 2018

MODWRIGHT Instruments PH9.0 Tube Phono Stage review in ” Australian Hi-Fi ” Magazine, March / April 2019

Complete review HERE

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MODWRIGHT PH-9.0 Tube Phono Stage Review in ” AUDIOPHILIA “ Online Magazine, March 2019

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MODWRIGHT INSTRUMENTS PH-9.0 Phono Preamp review by ” CNET ” Online Magazine, December 2018

Weight2 kg