Creek OBH-15Mk2 Phono Preamp
The Creek OBH-15 mk2 phono preamp features a completely new circuit design, with a discrete
transistor MC and integrated circuit MM stage. Unlike its predecessor,
the new phonostage has multiple gain settings and matching capabilities for
capacitance and resistance. The signal required by most modern
amplifiers is described as being line level which is, in technical
terms, between 200 and 500 milli-Volts sensitivity with a flat frequency
response. Unless your amplifier has a specific "Phono" or Disc input,
the level will be too low to play vinyl and the frequency response will
The OBH-15 mk2 is small device designed to boost the signal and
introduce an R.I.A.A. frequency response characteristic to provide the
most accurate reproduction of the recording.
The OBH-15 mk2 is small and very stylish. Designed to complement the
Creek full sized range, it has an impressive solid aluminum front panel
with either a silver or black finish. Its extruded black aluminum case
is fitted with turned aluminum disc feet and sound absorbing Bumpons.
With modern amplifiers expected to cater for so many new source devices, the Phono capability, once very common, is one of those built-in features that has disappeared in recent times. The engineering team at Creek Audio has always loved the benefits of vinyl records and continues to work on technical and sonic improvements to its range of Phono amp options, be it the stand-alone OBH or Wyndsor or plug-in Sequel types. Tasked with designing a replacement for the long running OBH-15, the team came up with some valuable improvements and additional features; surprisingly they made them all fit into the original OBH-sized casework.