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Designed by Michael Yee


 

Phonomena II
MM/MC Phono Preamp
Adjustable gain and loading
The Absolute Sound Editor's Choice Award winner 2012
$600 retail

Specifications:
Gain Switches: 40, 44, 46, 48, 50, 51.5, 52.7, 53.7, 56, 57.5, 58.4, 59.4, 60dB
Input Loading Switches: 30, 40, 50, 59, 80, 100, 121, 150, 243, 280, 380, 475, 660, 1k, 2k, 50k, 100k Ohms
Dimensions: 8.5"W x 6"D x 2"T
Weight: 3lbs
Warranty: 3 years

Fron the Hi-Fi News review: "great sound, great value and a cut above its rivals...unerringly natural, lucid. Flowing presentation…communicating the emotion...never let the listener feel they were missing out of the magic of vinyl"

 


 

 

new Nova II
Battery powered, dual mono MM/MC Phono Preamp
Adjustable gain and loading
The Absolute Sound review!
$1200 retail

Highlights of the Nova II:
New casework with silver or black anodized finish
Improved resonance isolation for main board and battery power supply
5dB better signal-to-noise ratio
Super matched transistor pair input for improved linearity and sonic performance
Suggested retail $1,200

Specifications:

Gain Switches: 40, 44, 46, 48, 50, 51.5, 52.7, 53.7, 56, 57.5, 58.4, 59.4, 60dB

Input Loading Switches: 200pF/300pF, 30, 40, 50, 59, 80, 100, 121, 150, 243, 280, 380, 475, 660, 1k, 2k, 47k, 100k Ohms

Discrete, dual-mono circuitry

Dimensions: 9 7/8" x 9 7/8" x 2.5"

Weight: 5 lbs

Warranty: 3 years

 

Product Review:
"very quiet and extremely transparent..exceptionally so, ranking up there with some of the most expensive phonostages I’ve ever heard...The already superb performance of the Nova II’s predecessor has been made even better in the new model, which means that a super value is now a superduper one. I cannot recommend it enthusiastically enough." - Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, October 2013. Read the entire The Absolute Sound review


 

 

SuperNova II
Battery powered, dual mono MM/MC Phono Preamp
3 inputs - 11 position variable output switched attenuator
The Absolute Sound Editor's Choice Award winner 2012
$3200 retail

• Handles 3 Phono Inputs.
• Gain user adjustable from 40 to 60 dB.
• Loading is user adjustable from 30 Ohms to 100kOhms.
• Independent Gain and Loading settings for each of the 3 Phono Inputs.
• There are no “signal path” switches except for switched attenuator if used.
• Normal “Line Out", and “Variable” outputs.
• The variable output Switched Attenuator can drive a power amp directly.
• Uses Large Area Monolithic Super Matched Pairs for lowest noise performance.

Remote Power Supply features:

• Rechargeable batteries.
• The charging circuits completely disconnect from the batteries when in battery mode.
• Optically coupled voltage monitors will wake up the processor to engage the charging of the batteries if the batteries are discharged enough.
• Four, seven cell NiMH “AA” packs, one for each positive and negative power supply, and each channel.
• Four separate charging circuits.
• Positive and Negative battery packs are charged separately in case there is different current usage between positive and negative power supplies. This prevents repeated overcharging one battery pack while undercharging the other.
• The batteries will be “topped off” by putting the unit into charge mode if there is no activity for a week.
• Fully Dual Mono even when not in Battery Mode.
• The power supply has been designed to sound excellent even without the batteries installed.


 

new MyDac II
Analog-like 24/192 DAC with MDOR
Coax, Toslink & USB inputs
The Absolute Sound review
$995 retail

The MYDAC II is the first digital-to-analog converter using MODR (Musically Optimized Digital Reconstruction). Designer Michael Yee’s digital reconstruction technology is software driven, executed with an FPGA (field programmable gate array), which effectively minimizes jitter and intercepts the digital signal as it comes into the DAC. Furthermore, the FPGA provides a proprietary pre-emphasis conditioning of the signal before the DAC chip (the DAC chipset is the Texas Instruments PCM1798, delta sigma) to remove the DAC’s effect on quantization error. After the DAC chip, an analog stage provides de-emphasis prior to output. MODR was developed to significantly improve the low-level resolution. Basically, it is a reconstruction technique that alters only the sub-quantization changes in the signal. MODR is highly optimized for musical signals.

The MYDAC II features three inputs:
The S/PDIF coax input allows all sample rates between 32 kHz-192 kHz and resolution from 16-24 bits.
The TosLink optical input allows up to 96 kHz and is ideal for use with Airport Express and Airplay.
The MYDAC II supports up to 48 kHz/16-bit sample rate for USB input from a computer-based music server.

The ability to recover low-level musical, textural and spatial information buried in digital music files allows the MYDAC II to reveal new levels of musical information and enjoyment. The design allows future upgradability, but the strength of this new technology is the unmatched “analog-like” sound it creates with existing Redbook CD, compressed digital music files such as MP3, and internet music sources. The results are stunning. Listeners expecting to hear the equal musicality of LP experience fidelity only reserved for analog master tape. This digital reconstruction technology is a game changer. Even compressed audio can sound natural.

 

From Jim Fosgate



Fozgometer ARM
Azimuth Range Meter for phono cartridges
The Absolute Sound Editor's Choice Award winner 2012
$300 retail

 

 

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