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Musical Surroundings



Designed by Michael Yee

new Phonomena II+
MM/MC Phono Preamp
Adjustable gain and loading
available in black or silver
$749 retail

The Phonomena II+ is the successor in our affordable phono preamplifier series, celebrating 15-years in the market. The Phonomena II+ features an improved chassis design, based on our more expensive Nova II, and is available in both black and silver finish. Boasting a new circuit board layout, the Phonomena II+ delivers discrete dual-mono signal paths, affording the listener more vibrant and dynamic music reproduction with a “blacker” background. Expertly made, inside and out, the Phonomena II+’s small footprint optimizes signal path integrity, while its black or silver finish options are sure to match the rest of your components. The Phonomena II+ is proudly Made in the USA and provides phenomenal sound and flexibility at an affordable price.




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


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 Reviews:
"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

" this unit takes silence to an extreme...the sense of clarity was overwhelming...The NOVA II is one of the best phono amps in this price range that I've ever heard." Paul Rigby in Hi-Fi World




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
$1195 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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