Elekit TU-8500 

TU-8500 5965A/12AU7 Phono Amplifier Kit    US$550.00
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Elekit TU-8500 I rolled in RCA 6201 black plates and the sound was so good I let them stay. So users should try 12AT7 family tubes too! Set to unity gain (actually 1.1), the Elekit performed flawlessly as a buffer amp. Its neutrality allowed the full flavor of the Langevin to emerge. Commendable! Too bad I do not have the iFi iTube on hand to compare (next year perhaps). Not surprisingly, it also functions very well as a phono amp for the Raos MC Mono cartridge (shall be covered in a coming article). With this, I think I shall conclude my series on this gem.
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Moon and Stereo  -Best Buy Award
TU-8500  NOS 5965A  Phono Preamp Kit

For the past 8 years, hobbyists have been asking for certain features to modify the TU-875 kit.  The highly regarded Elekit designer, Mr. Fujita, has taken all those specific features and specifications into consideration and we are happy to welcome the release of the newly designed TU-875.

The new TU-8500 has a lot more improvements from its predecessor, and has to stand its ground in a considerably more competitive marketplace.

TU-8500 Pamphlet





- Stock tube set:   2 X  5965A  or 12AU7

OP-amp - NJM2068DD  X 2 (option opa-2227P)

- Phone IN x 1

LINE IN - 3 (3.5mm stereo jack (LINE3 priority) x 1)


Power voltage

AC100, 115, 200, 230V

IEC standard

- 3P inlet

Rated current

- 8W


- W252 x H73 D270mm


- Approx. 3.1kg (when assembled, excluded power cord)

[Line  Amp]


Max output voltage

- 22Vrms (1kHz)


- x3.1(9.8dB), x1.15(1.2dB)

Frequency response

- (-3dB):2Hz - 70KHz /2Hz - 280kHz

SN ratio (IHF-A

- 122dB /129dB

[Equalizer amp]



- MM (Low) /MC (High) - select by switching

Max output voltage

- 7.4V rms (1kHz)

Gain (1kHz)

- [MM]37dB / [MC]63db 

SN ratio  (IHF-A)

- [MM]108dB / [MC]88dB 

Input resistance

- [MM]50k ohm /[MC]100 ohm

RIAA equalization - Within +/- 0.5dB (20Hz-20Hz)