Clearaudio Balanced Reference Phonostage

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:small_blue_diamond:Is there anyone here,.who has experience with this…
• Clearaudio Balanced Reference Phonostage.?

Has been offered to buy this,.but has never listened to Clearaudios phonostage in my system.
Only with traders in unknown systems,.so it doesn’t say much.
Have a feeling that it can play cleaner and clearer,.analytically and a bit impersonal.
But I may be wrong.

:black_small_square:Below,.facts from Clearaudio.
"We designed our Balanced Reference Phonostage to establish a true reference status.

Clearaudio’s passion for excellence has kept us going through years of tireless research,
to realise the full potential of this outstanding component.
The totally separated and massively engineered cases,contain the fully symmetrically designed circuit layouts and
power supplies.

For this flagship product no compromise is made,.we use the very best
parts currently available,highlighted by stepped attenuated regulation;
Designed to drive a power amplifier directly in 3dB steps.
You deserve the best,.a true Balanced
Reference Phonostage:

• Clearaudio non-magnetic MPC RCA-plugs for unbalanced inputs and outputs.
• NEUTRIK-XLR connectors for balanced inputs and outputs.
• 5-pole BINDER-connectors for balanced inputs.
• Adjustable capacitive and impedance loading for perfect cartridge matching.
• Pure silver German made ‘glimmer-caps’.
• Non-magnetic resistors by Vishay
and Dale,manufactured to Clearaudio specification.

Throughout the conception,.development and production of this project,we kept reminding ourselves that nothing must be compromised in a true reference standard product.
Second best will not do.

Power supply:

Dual-powersupply with four separate voltages per channel 115/230 V switchable.
Signal to noise ratio: 95 dB(A) at G = 40 dB;
75 dB(A) at G = 60 dB Gain (@ 1 kHz):
Adjustable from 30 - 63 dB in 3 dB steps
Max. output voltage: 11 Vrms
Distortion: < 0.001 %
Input impedance: Variable up to 100 kOhm Output impedance: 50 Ohm
Equalisation: RIAA maximum deviation: 0.05 dB Frequency response: 10 Hz - 100 kHz -
0.1 dB
Inputs: Power supply input: 9-pole SUB-D Unbalanced RCA Balanced XLR or 5-
pole “Binder” connection
Outputs: Unbalanced RCA Balanced XLR Signal to noise ratio: > 80 dB (MC)

Weight: Approx. 3.6 kg (phonostage)
Approx. 3.4 kg (power supply)"


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