|Warranty length||10 Years|
|Product Award||HiFi News Outstanding Product|
Max Input MC: 10mV
Max Input MM: 100mV
Gain: 40/63dB MM/MC
THD Distortion: <0.008% 1kHz
Signal to noise ratio Ref 500uV (MC) 5mV (MM): -68dB/-84dB
RIAA accuracy: within 0.25dB
Stereo separation: better than 65dB - 20-20kHz
Input Loading MC: 100R with 2n2 capacitance
Input Loading MM: 47K with 120pF
Damping (MM): 1K0
Dynamic Range: 110dB
Output impedance: <10 Ohms
Max output level: 10V RMS depending upon input
Dimensions WxHxL: 114.5mm x 47.5mm x 160mm
Power consumption: 3.5W
The Edwards Audio MC1 MkII is the latest version of this affordable Moving Coil and Moving Magnet RIAA phono stage, offering stellar performance for the price. It is unique at the price, with its gold-plated custom made double sided PCBs, natural anodised extruded aluminium case and high quality internal parts. The MC1 MkII offers dynamic scale and soundstage which is rare at the price, while still being able to unearth hidden layers of detail from your favourite records.
MC1 MkII uses 1% thin film melf resistors from Vishay plus Panasonic low impedance PSU capacitors throughout. Equalisation accuracy is within 0.25dB across the audio band and signal to noise is low at -68dB. Psuedo-Balanced discrete input technology gives you the option to optimise grounding to reduce the possibility of Hum/noise. The circuit topology has a fully discrete input transconductance gain stage followed by unique op-amp based bass active treble passive RIAA filter which is followed by a totally buffered output section with a very low output impedance. This helps to reduce cable effects and improve output current and drive. It will easily drive a 600 Ohm load!!
It features standard gain for both MM at 40dB and MC adding an additional 23dB, these were chosen so that the MC1 can be used with the majority of normal pre-amps. Attention to detail also extends to the custom made plug top power supply which, with its use of a split rail design, benefits from using + and - DC power outputs for better rejection of RF noise. It also uses a gold plated custom made PCB with high quality diodes and optimised snubber caps. This is no normal ‘off the shelf’ PSU as used by the competition.
Most importantly, it delivers in the sound department as well, with expansive and detailed soundstaging, drive and dynamics that are normally associated with more expensive phono stages. It can be further upgraded through the use of the dedicated PSU1 outboard Power supply. Don’t just take our word for it though, the MC1 has received a range of stellar reviews and accolades from the hi-fi press.