Clearaudio Basic Plus MM/MC Phono Stage (Silver)
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2010 The Absolute Sound Product of the Year Award Winner!
The Clearaudio Basic Plus Phono Stage combines quality engineering and performance, with the flexibility of moving magnet or moving coil switching. The Basic Plus really is a plug in and play product, it automatically adjusts the input impedance matching, this ensures every cartridge is correctly loaded, it's external power supply also keeps unwanted noise away from the sensitive circuits. To maintain correct operating temperature the Basic Plus has no power switch and should be permanently connected to the mains.
"The Basic Plus is everything a modestly priced phonostage should be. It's compact yet elegantly finished and appointed. It's switchable between MM and MC cartridges, with plenty of gain for the latter. A robust outboard power supply is included and yields superb isolation from hum and RFI. Most significantly it's supernaturally quiet, presenting a spacious and delightfully resolved soundstage with heart-stopping bass resolution." - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, October 2010
The Clearaudio Basic Plus Phono Stage offers both MM (41 dB gain) and MC (62 dB gain) capabilities, with enough gain to drive the lowest output cartridges. It is a very simple unit to operate with a single button switching between MM and MC functionality. Another nice feature is it dedicated power transformer, which resides outside the actual phonostage to keep the audio circuit as quite as possible.
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Amplification: 62dB (MC Mode) 41dB (MM Mode)
Input Load: 800 Ohm/270pF MC, 47 kOhm/270pF MM
RIAA: Nach RIAA (Zeitkonst: 75us/318us/3180us)
RIAA Accuracy: +/- 0,15 dB
THD: 0,003% (IEC A)
S/N: -65 dB (MC Mode)
Channel Seperation: Greater Than 92 dB / 1 Khz
Max. Output Voltage: 10V (1kHz)
Subsonic Filter: 20Hz
Power Supply: +/- 25 V DC (External Power Supply)
Outputs: Asymmetrical (RCA)
Weight: 2.1 kg (Preamp and Power Supply)
Dimensions (Phono): 102mm x 148mm x 47mm (l x h x d)
Dimensions (Power Supply): 80mm x 134mm x 73mm (l x h x d)
Warranty: 90 Days, extended to 3 full years with the return of warranty form and receipt.
"...the Basic Plus did not disappoint. First, it's profoundly quiet, an
attribute that sets the stage for its rich resolving power and transparency. Its
character is slightly forward, a bit cooler generally, but possessed of superb
dynamics and speed. It's very revealing of low-level information but doesn't
rely on hard edges or a laser-etched treble to extract music's more ephemeral
details... it's a phonostage that will easily challenge the performance of far
more expensive phonostages, whether battery - or AC-powered... reap the vast
rewards of vinyl without paying a king's ransom." - Neil Gader, The Absolute
Sound, October 2010