Edwards Audio MC2 Phono Stage
The Edwards Audio MC2 Phono Stage is essentially an improved version of the MC1 with additional gain in both MM and MC modes. This allows for operation with passive pre-amplifiers or active pre-amplifiers with unity gain. It has improved internally regulated supplies for each separate section and an improved transconductance front end stage to improve bass slam, stereo imaging and transparency while reducing noise. There is an optional 7Hz warp filter which is internally selectable via jumpers. As with the MC1 it will support low output moving coil, high output moving coil and moving magnet type cartridges. It also has improved gold plated input and output sockets mounted on an 1.2mm anodised rear panel. We believe that there is nothing to touch this incredible phono stage on the market, for build, value or most importantly, sound quality.
It is unique at the price, with its fully RoHS compliant gold plated custom made double sided PCB’s , black anodised extruded aluminium case and high quality internal parts like its use of 1% thin film resistors from Wishy and signal capacitors from Wima and Vishay. The signal to noise is very low at -72dB giving below vinyl noise performance. Our psuedo balanced discrete input technology gives users the option to optimise grounding to reduce the possibility of Hum/noise. The MC circuit topology is based on a fully discrete input transconductance gain stage followed by our unique op-amp based active (for the Bass) and passive (for the treble) RIAA filter which is then followed by a totally buffered output section with a very low output impedance of around 10 Ohms. This helps to reduce cable effects and improve output current and drive. It will easily drive a 600 Ohm load!
Attention to detail also extends to the dedicated custom made outboard power supply which is supplied as part of the package, with its use of a split rail design benefits from using + and – DC power outputs for maximum rejection of RF noise, maximum dynamic range and improved overload margin. It also uses a gold plated custom made PCB with high quality rectifiers and snubber caps. This is no normal ‘off the shelf’ PSU as used by our competition…
Not just content with state of the art performance it also has a new pretty face with blue LED and white logo. Black is ‘standard’ but we are also offering – to special order – Powder Blue, Lime green and Pink. With these contemporary designs they should fit into even the most fussy or minimalist of interior designs.