Review: Eastern Electric MiniMax Phono

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Like all of the Eastern Electric MiniMax series components, the MiniMax vacuum tube phono preamplifier (henceforth MiniMax for short) is of fairly diminutive proportions. Standing 12.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches deep and 4.9 inches tall, it weighs in at about 15 pounds. Build quality is substantial — particularly for this price class — with sturdy high-quality connective hardware, a very solid chassis and a high level of fit and finish.

Attractively and neatly laid out, the front features only a power on/off toggle switch, a blue LED power indicator and a rotary play/mute switch. Around back you’ll find a single set of sturdy RCA outputs and three sets of identical looking inputs. Here a toggle switch selects the moving magnet (MM) input or one of two sets of moving coil (MC) inputs, one for higher output cartridges, one for lower. Also located on the rear apron are a grounding post, a user replaceable fuse and the IEC power inlet. Power cord rollers go wild!