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Whest Audio whestTWO dual mono phonostage
THE new entry level benchmark phonostage! In fact, it's 95% of a PS.20 Following in the same footsteps as the world acclaimed PS.20 phonostage we are proud to announce the new entry level benchmark phonostage. Not only does the new whestTWO share some of the internals of the great PS.20 but also shares ideas from the soon to be released MC Reference phonostage.The input stage also utilises ultra low noise circuitry and ultra low noise multi-regulation so that MC cartridges with extremely low output levels have no problems when connected to the whestTWO.With the whestTWO you will hear much clearer mid and high frequencies and because the high frequency is extended ALL instruments down to basses and kick drums will sound much more realistic with better transient response and positioning within the soundstage. It is only now by using modern audiophile playback equipment that we can appreciate just how much information there is on vinyl.
The majority of modern phonostages are developments of circuits published by the IC chip manufacturers, which with the help of regulated supplies and expensive components, can achieve quite respectable results but generally suffer from image instability and solidity, resolution and no drive capability. IC chips are not capable of driving difficult loads, even an audiophile grade 1m interconnect is quite an obstacle; the maximum output current available from even the best IC chip being only about 50mA. This lack of current and headroom has a detrimental effect on speed, solidity, musical drive and soundstage accuracy.Like the famed PhonoStage.20 the whestTWO uses output devices usually found in the driver stages of modern esoteric power amplifiers. Each of these driver transistors has a current capability of 3A, and in conjunction with a newly developed discrete circuit operating up to 30 MHz provides a combination of massive headroom and speed.Because of the different needs of the various circuits involved in the whestTWO a special power supply was needed. The transformer is a bespoke unit developed by Whest Audio Ltd and manufactured in the UK. The current capability of the WPSU is about 100 times what the whestTWO theoretically needs, the extra headroom being totally beneficial to audio reproductionFeatures:• Full Dual-Mono configuration.• 2 Box layout with separate multiple voltage and high current power supply.• Ultra low noise input with a frequency response of 1Hz-100KHz.• RIAA curve accuracy to within 0.2dB.• RIAA extension to 50kHz for better definition and ambience.• Hybrid filter configuration.• High current, Class-A discrete output stage.• Fully variable cartridge gain and loading via internal dil switch.Specification Model No.: whestTWORIAA curve accuracy: 18Hz - 22Khz +/- 0.2dBFrequency response: 5Hz - 50Khz -10dB /- 1.0dBWorking band: 17Hz - 45KhzTHD+N: 0.01%MM Gain 40dBMC gain 65dB internally adjustable only by dealer .Connections: UnbalancedConnectors: Gold AudiophileUnpacked weight: 1.5KgsPacked weight: 2KgsDimensions: 130mm x 210mm x 42mmOperating voltage: 230VAC 50Hz
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