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Icon Audio PS1 MkII Phono Pre-Amplifier
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Icon Audio PS1 MkII Phono Pre-Amplifier

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Icon Audio PS1 MkII Phono Pre-Amplifier

Icon Audio amplifier have an enviable reputation following reviews. First introduced in 2005, the PS1 has proved to be one of Icon Audio's best selling phono pre-amplifiers. It is well known that for many reason, valves can sound much better than transistors, this is especially so with vinyl reproduction. This is because:

- The massve overload of valves prevents distortion on highly modulated or scratched/worn LPs, therefore minimising noise.

- The warm sound of valves is particularly suited to the reproduction of analogue music from vinyl.

- The huge 40dB RIAA difference between 20Hz and 20kHz is easier for valves than transistors.

- Icon Audio use hard wired point-to-point wiring with no printed circuit board. 

New Upgraded PS1 MkII

Icon Audio have tweaked and improved the power supply in this new PS1 model. Also, they have made some small improvements to the circuit and wiring.

Specifications and Features

- Stereo/mono switch for better S/N and distortion from mono and worn stereo records
- Separate Power supply for lower noise
- Comprehensive manual supplied
- All hand wired point to point
- No printed circuit board to ‘colour’ sound
- Japanese Blue ALPS volume pot.
- All Triode valves
- 2x ECC83 1x ECC81
- Sensitivity: 3mv for 1.26v output (0.3mv MC)
- Gain MM 53db MC 72db
- Load: imp: 47k MM, 100 ohms MC
- Source impedance 50 ohms
- Signal to noise level -75db (MM unweighted)
- RIAA Freq response 20hz-20khz +0 – 1db
- NO feedback used, Passive RIAA 


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Icon ps1
Saturday, 25 June 2022  | 

Excellent advice from Martin. Glorious sound and a good upgrade from the Project DS2.

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Icon Audio PS1 MK2 mm/mc
Monday, 22 February 2021  | 

I bought this phono stage after a quick chat with Martin, he suggested as I was already using valves with my Primaluna amp why not go with a valve phono stage. The PS1 MK2 was to replace a vintage Moth phono from the 1980’s in a system comprising Gyrodeck front end Primaluna integrated amp feeding ProAc Tablets. From the off there was big improvements all round, this is a very capable phono stage open and neutral, this is not rose tinted spectacles. I have now put around 80 hours listening time on it, once burnt in and after the first 30 hours it proved to be totally musical and involving. If you are looking for a phono stage under 2k with an open and natural sound this would be a good choice.

If you have reservations about valves put them aside and take the plunge, you maybe surprised.

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Brilliant upgrade
Wednesday, 16 December 2020  | 

So much better than the Trichord Dino I had before. Using the built in volume and plugged directly into my power amp the sound is outstanding.

Also, a big thank you to Martin for making the listening/buying process so smooth under difficult circumstances.

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Icon audio ps1mkii
Friday, 18 September 2020  | 

great sound better than audio research sp 8. which i had before icon.imho

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