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Big Brother to the PS.30R, the Whest PS.30RDT with upgraded parts and specs, is a high end, solid state phono stage that delivers "real smoothness, space, pace and power".


Audio Revelation is pleased to be offering the exciting lineup of phono stages from Whest Audio!  Please click here to view all the terrific phono stages we offer. 

TESTIMONIALS (for all Whest products)

Awarded 5 Globes - HiFi World

"Strong, sumptuous bass, capacious midband, sweet treble, rhythmically engaging, flexible (settings) with balanced or single ended operation... a brilliant, all-round design, the Whest PS.30RDT offers most of what anyone would need."
 - David Price, HiFI World


Winner - Stereo Time Most Wanted Components

Whest's dual-mono PS.30RDT phono preamp is an excellent, low noise solid-state phono stage that has a wide range of user-adjustable gain and load settings... I found the unit to be extremely dynamic and detailed while presenting superbly stable instrumental images within a very deep soundstage.
 - Stereotimes.com

"The Whest PS.30RDT is an extraordinary phono preamplifier by any yardstick. It is a grainless, noiseless piece of gear that provides all the dynamic shadings, vivid imagery, and fine detailing that allows reproduced music to sound real... As for me, I may need to purchase the PS.30RDT, because now that I've lived with it there's no going back."
 - Frank Alles, Stereotimes, (read the review)


"On the WhestTWO, I listened to the Ortofon Venice, the Ortofon Rondo Bronze, Decca (The Cartidge Man), Van den Hul Grasshopper III GMA and the Rokson Shiraz. What was noticeable with all of these was the excellent channel separation, giving a wide clearly defined soundstage. Individual sound events are correctly contoured and powerfully drawn, and the imagery has exquisite richness of color...

And now to the Whest PS.30R - very much the bigger brother. It gives you more of everything, by the bucket load, and with this performance, can claim to be one of the best phono stages on the market ... Soundstaging is beautifully three-dimensional and solid.  The dynamics are stunningly transient and fine dynamics are elegant and accurate.

Both Whest phono amplifiers are thoroughly convincing. They offer extraordinarily good tonality, high flexibility and very fair pricing. A must-hear!"
 - Helmut Rohrwild, Hifi and Records Magazine, February, 2008



"This phono preamp is an audiophile delight.  Highs are pristine with very good extension and clarity.  Midrange is clean and unembellished.  Good, taut bass.  Soundstages are recreated with well defined width, depth and height extending beyond the physical boundaries of the speakers.  Imaging is pin-point accurate.  Lightning fast transient response and iron fisted control creates explosive dynamics.  Music emerges from an inky blackness. High transparency and detail means nothing is hidden from the WhestTWO."
 - AudioNZ, New Zealand High End Magazine

"The whestTWO... forms part of 'BEST VALUE SYSTEM AT SHOW"
 - New York HiFi Show

"The top-end extension was fully realized without etch, glare, grain, or artifice of any kind, and there was no transient price to pay in terms of perceived softness or roundness. Strings had just the right balance of velvety sheen and grit, brass had bite and proper warmth, and voices were smooth, complex, and well balanced.  Music just poured forth from the Whest with a natural vibrancy and honesty that is rare at any price...

Its bottom-end extension and rhythmic thrust was the equal of any phono preamp I've heard-except for the Boulder. It carved 3D images as well as any phono preamp save the Boulder and Mares, and had a relaxing quality that put my mind at ease, and is rare and special in any piece of audio gear. It was liquid without being soft, yet was also properly edgy and "grippy" without being too sharply etched.  The Whest ... lowers the performance bar evenly compared to far more expensive phono preamps and, in so doing, simply gets out of the way."
 - Michael Fremer, Stereophile (on the Whest PS.20) 

"Overall, this is a deeply special Phono Stage - the best I have heard to date at the price, or anywhere close come to think of it. Its combination of dizzying depth, dimensionality, grip, speed and evenness allied with tremendous textural accuracy can only be ascribed to its exceptionally low distortion. Superlative sound quality leaves the best of the rest way behind - a landmark product for analogue addicts. Brilliant stuff - make no mistake, Whest Audio is on the ascendant."
 - David Price, HiFi World (on the Whest PS.20)



The revolutionary and radical Whest PS.30RDT is the phono stage that all others are trying to beat. This world acclaimed phono stage like it's smaller brother the PS.30R are directly descendants of the mighty MC REF V. Whereas the circuit topology of the whestTWO is derived from the famed PS.20, the PS.30RDT and PS.30R are derived from the MC REF V. Keeping the sonic signature of the MC REF V and incorporating it into the PS.30R and PS.30RDT was of paramount importance as the audio reproduction of the MC REF V has dominated the market in it's and up to 3 times it's own price range! With this fantastic achievement, the PS.30RDT and PS.30R have also conquered their price territory and are now seen as the 2 very best phono stages for audio quality, price, build and usability.

The PS.30RDT has been reviewed worldwide and is accepted as the phono stage 'tour-de-force' easily competing with phono stages 3 times it's price. Furthermore in a single package that measure just 430 x 280 x 72mm, it's easy to fit into any standard rack or cabinet. It's inherent ultra low noise levels are needed if the user is to use low/very low output moving coil cartridges, an area which value/tube phono stages constantly fail in.

Output impedance is a very low 50ohms at 1Khz, so even if using extremely long output cables, there is no chance of losing that precious signal. As an added benefit, the PS.30RDT like the PS.30R comes equipped with impedance balanced XLR if like some, you intend to archive you vinyl collection to digital. The PS.30RDT has 6 load and 6 gain settings which are user adjustable internally, so whatever cartridge is being used, you can be assured a setting is there!

The differences between the PS.30RDT and PS.30R are quite major both sonically and physically..

PS.30R vs. PS.30RDT

Matched transistors YES, YES but all from the MC REF V
Matched capacitors YES, YES but to withi 0.5% or less
True dual mono design YES, YES but physically separated channels
2 ultra low noise power transformers NO, YES - one per channel
PCB copper weight 3oz low impurity,  4oz low impurity
Impedance balanced outputs YES, YES
Gain and load options 6 of each,  6 of each
% drop against MC REF V 49%, 29%

Whest Audio Ltd is one of the world's leading manufacturers and designers of premium quality audio signal solutions including Phono Stages, Amplifiers and Discrete Analogue Processors.

Image above is of PS.30R - rear panel is same on PS.30RDT


Where the MC REF V uses what the design team call a 'buried discrete' differential input stage to achieve its ultra low noise 1.2nV sqHz input stage noise level, the PS.30RDT uses an ultra low noise bipolar 'matched' input stage to achieve its vanishingly low 1.0nV sqHz input stage noise level.  This means that even using an MC cartridge like the Audionote Kondo IO-J with its ultra low output level of just 0.15mV, is no problem for the PS.30R.  At 72dB you'll have all the gain you need with absolutely no noise. 

The 'hybrid' passive/active RIAA filter has been lifted directly from the MC REF V and used for its accuracy and, more importantly, its transparency.  The output stage in the PS.30RDT was developed for the MC REF V and is used in its fullest glory in the PS.30RDT to bring unprecedented levels of detail from the lowest harmonics to the highest levels of the frequency band.  And because the output stage is totally discrete in design with an output impedance of only 50ohms at 1Khz driving a 600ohm load, it has no problem in driving long lengths of interconnects even if they are of relatively high capacitance!

The PS.30RDT also sports a true balanced output which is a first for a phonostage at this price point!  If you run either a fully balanced audio system or broadcast studio you won't be left in the dark.

And finally, you get all the quality you expect from a Reference Whest Audio product at a non-Reference price!   Because we wanted to make absolutely sure the audio quality from this product should match or better anything in the $5,000 price bracket the PS.30RDT employs Vishay metal film audio specification resistors, EVOX RIFA and Vishay polypropylene film capacitors, in-house hand selected and matched transistors, Panasonic low ESR and low impedance power supply filter capacitors, ultra low ts time rectifier diodes, low noise voltage regulators, ... and the list goes on and on and on.  Oh, and its hand built and assembled in the UK!

Transferring your collection to digital?  Do remember that the quality of your transfer is directly related to the quality of your turntable/ arm/ cartridge/ phonostage setup.  Rubbish in - Rubbish out really does apply here.   The whole range of Whest Audio phonostages are used by archiving libraries throughout the world because of their superb audio performance and ultra low noise levels which is essential when converting to digital.  


  • Model No.: PS.30RDT
  • RIAA curve accuracy: 18Hz - 22Khz +/- 0.2dB
  • Frequency response: 5Hz - 65Khz -10dB /- 1.0dB
  • Working band: 15Hz - 85Khz
  • THD+N: 0.006%
  • MM Gain 40dB
  • MC gain 50dB-72dB internally adjustable 6 steps.
  • Input Impedance: 50ohm - 47Kohm in 6 steps
  • Connections: Silver Unbalanced RCA, Neutrik XLR
    impedance balanced
  • Connectors: Silver Audiophile
  • Unpacked weight: 10 lbs
  • Packed weight: 13lbs
  • Dimensions: 17" x 11.5" x 3"
    19.25" x 13.75" x 6" shipping
  • Operating voltage: 115VAC 60Hz or 230VAC 50Hz 


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