XP17 uses the new-shielded low noise toroid and input filter module, like the XP-12. The power supply has an extra stage of RC filtering.  We have lower radiated and mechanical noise.

The XP17 has an all-new input circuit that is symmetrical and lower in noise and distortion with greater drive capability. Noise is the most prominent part of THD+N in the first section of a phono stage. By lowering noise we get better resolution and dynamics.

Designed with a split EQ network like the XP 25 and XS Phono that is more accurate and can handle greater signal levels.

The secondary stage runs a higher bias output stage with auto bias.

The numerous loading options from the XP-15 are all still available and three gain settings to accommodate low output MC to MM cartridges.

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Technical specifications  

Power Consumption
35 Watts
76, 66, 56 dB Balanced; 70, 60, 50 Unbalanced
Output Impedance
110 Ohms RCA; 220 Ohms Balanced
Input Impedance
10 - 47K Ohms more than 200 values
Capacitive Loading
100 - 750 pF
RIAA Curve Accuracy
+/- .1 dB 20 - 20 KHz Passive / Active EQ
Distortion and Noise
0.004%; Quad matched low noise symmetrical JFET input; Double shielded low noise toroid
17”w x 12.5”d x 4”h @ 19lbs

Awards and Reviews  

"Exceptional resolution and dynamics. Stringed instruments sounded divine with richness and fullness, not just details only for the sake of details--the natural timbre of those strings played the prominent role; they were brought to life. Exquisite." Karl Sigman


"It is as richly colourful, as deeply emotionally communicative and as powerful as the recording that is played. Oh and it has the best bass that I have heard from a phono preamp so far." Christiaan Punter


AudioArt #350 - Taiwan

An Audiophila STAR component


Product of the year - 2017


" It's really rather difficult to think there are phono stages that eclipse the XP-17, because honestly, I don't know how my vinyl playback system could sound any better."

Positive Feedback / Gary Beard

Writers Choice Awards - 2018

Positive Feedback

Best of Award 2018



Owner's Manual

CAD file

Spec sheet