PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter Phono Stage
The NuWave Phono Converter is the First-of-Its-Kind All-Analogue Class-A Phono Stage Preamp and Analogue-to-Digital Converter in One Box
PS Audio’s NuWave Phono Converter, NPC, is a new category for the High End that combines a state-of-the-art phono preamplifier and analogue DSD/PCM converter together in a world’s first. This is high resolution audio at its best.
The NPC is a no-compromise approach to vinyl and analogue reproduction in a high end audio system. The NPC accepts inputs from any analogue source from tuners to turntables. This means users can input anything from an iPod to a turntable setup, connecting the output of the NPC directly to a DAC, computer or preamplifier. Once connected you can play vinyl discs or any analogue source either directly into your preamplifier, through the NPC’s analogue outputs, or DAC through the NPC’s multiple asynchronous digital outputs. You can also connect the NPC to your computer and RIP (record) to your heart’s content in either double DSD or 192kHz 24 bit PCM. This is the device you need if you’re going to build a library.
The NPC produces both DSD and PCM from its digital outputs and high resolution fully balanced analogue from its audio outputs. Use the NPC as the vinyl heart of your purely analogue setup or digital setup. Either way, albums and analog sources of all types come alive with the NuWave Phono Converter.
The NPC can be used as a standalone A/D converter, analog phono preamplifier or both. Connections to a preamplifier, DAC, or computer are simple and direct.
Using appropriate software on a PC, NPC owners can RIP their entire vinyl collections to their computers at 192/24 PCM or DSD and stream the high resolution files to their loudspeakers at the touch of a button.
Reclocked 192/24 as well as 64X and 128X DSD can be sent over S/PDIF through either the USB or coaxial output and a direct DSD and PCM streams are available through the I2S output. Use of the DoP protocols are standard on the NPC.
Plenty of gain
The analogue phono preamplifier designed in the NPC is the finest PS Audio have built in the 40+ years they have been building them. Phono cartridges the NPC will work with range from a high output moving magnet or ceramic with up to 220mv output, to a delicate low output moving coil cartridge with as low as 0.3mv out. This is an extremely useful range of outputs that can be selected from the front panel display in 3dB increments.
Full resistive cartridge loading options are available on the rear panel.