Tim de Paravicini does a job; he does it properly; whether
it is a custom studio installation, or an affordable
phono pre amplifier like the EAR 834P range. With years
of experience in design and manufacturing, nobody can
come close to his unique point of view and life experiences
he puts into all his designs.
first launched, it was the only valve phono stage you
could buy with facilities for both good quality Moving
Coil (MC) and Moving Magnet (MM) cartridges. In addition,
for a small premium the unit could be purchased with
an in-built volume control, allowing direct connection
to a power-amplifier.
There are a few models in the EAR 834P line up:
EAR-Yoshino 834P MM uses the same circuit architecture
as its more expensive brothers, and shares in the same
high quality sound through MM type cartridges. It is
enclosed in a tough, black colored, rigid metal case,
and is fully “CE” type approved.
834P Signature (MM/MC) builds on the classic
EAR 834P specification, by adding a superb Moving Coil
(MC) input stage, as well as the option of a high quality
EAR-Yoshino 834P Deluxe (MM/MC). The top of
the range, De-luxe comes in a stunning chrome and gold
cabinet, and has extra attention and quality control.
This unit will fit the most demanding of audiophile
Basic through Signature to De-luxe, the performance
remains class leading.
• Maximum output: 30V
• Noise (un weighted): -80 dB (1HF)
• Tubes: ECC83 x 3
• MM Input sensitivity: 2.2 mV for 1 V @ 1kHz
• MC Input sensitivity: 0.22 mV for 1 V @ 1kHz
News & Record Review, June 1994
by Ken Kessler
So how did it sound? In a word: Wonderful
Primyl Vinyl, Vol. 2 #6 (November/December 1997)
by Bruce Kinch
Feedback, Vol. 7 #1
Highly Biased Output
by Jennifer E. Crock
Audio nirvana from about 100 to 5k Hz. (Get the picture?)
In this range, the EAR was entirely competitive with
the phono section of the Nagra PL-P ($9500).
Hey, Lend Me an EAR!
by Tony Fafoglia
by Michael Fremer & Robert J. Reina
by Michael Fremer
you want a big, expansive soundstage populated by lush,
full-sounding images? A rich picture you can sink your
ears into without feeling as if a velvet cloth is muting
cold pleasures on top? The 834P will give you that.
by Paul Szabady
The highest of recommendations for the EAR 834P
834P MM/MC Signature
Black chassis, with or without
834P MM/MC Signature AD
Special Acoustic Dimension version with upgraded
parts and small adjustment of the schematic.
834P MM/MC Deluxe
Chrome front with gold knob and better quality phono