It is unlike any other phono stage ever designed. The MC REF V is primarily designed as a moving coil phono stage with the minimum gain starting at 52dB and ending at 69dB, although 43dB MM gain can also be specified before the meticulous hand assembling operation.
At the heart of the MC REF V MK4 is a newly developed fully discrete bipolar Class-A input stage. The noise level from this new ‘in-house’ designed device is lower than the best available monolithic IC chips available today but the advantages don’t stop there. The discrete design means sonic reproduction way beyond any monolithic IC available today OR tomorrow! The high output current of this device also means driving the new hybrid RIAA filters is done with absolute ease.
The bipolar discrete stages operate in pure Class-A. The high voltage rails aid to achieve the staggering dynamic performance. Built into 2 matched mono-blocks each block contains a channel and power supply and each gain block contains 20 hand built and hand trimmed discrete Whest voltage regulators for near battery like impedance but without the battery ‘softness’ and ‘rounding’ of detail.
The large scale dynamics along with a 'real' life size soundstage are just 2 of the aspects that set the MC REF V MK4 apart from the crowd. Add to this its amazing resolving power and precise timing, its lack of 'signature' and its ability to play music like no other phono stage in the world, you can see why it is the envy of all other manufacturers.
So I upgraded my Whest Audio PS.30RDT Special Edition (purcahsed to Gary without demo) to the superb wonderful MC REF V MK4 model (also without demo)... linked to Gary advices...The MC REFV model received recently - 20 hours of LP"s... Better and better... The best upgrade ever made. In a new dimension... Only music...What you get IS everything within the full spectrum and WOW : The bass control... My Komris are dancing now... and the velocity and resolution and the soundstage size : 6 m minimum, no back and front walls... ONLY MUSIC COME TO YOU...In terms of improvement by comparison with the PS.30RDT Special Edition previously owned, even if the last one is a super product for its price, a factor of 10 for the resolution improvements is close to what I feel and read in some forums... A wonderfull product, not enough well known and for the price... well positioned...by comparison with Gryphon, Moon, Boulder and Audio Research (one session listen : not stable because of lamp...)...With this device, if you get a good LP player (tone-arm, cartridge, chassis...), this is the only upgrade to make and believe me : I did a lot of upgrade before coming to my Linn KOMRIS Aktiv system (8 Solos, Kontrol...)... Various amp, loudspeakers, preamp, cable...Don't waste your money, whatever your system, first Whest Audio is a very good investments and theMC REF V is the UPGRADE to do in a life...Of course the better is the system, the better would be the results but don't forget :Put always the money nearer to the SOURCE and don't neglect the foundations : Power cable and Power distribution... I hope I could share my little experiences.Enjoy the music.All the best,JIM
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