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- All hand wired point to point
- No printed circuit board to ‘colour’ sound
- Suitable for pickups requiring 10 – 500 Ohms
- Very low output impedance
- Gain = 10 (1 for “by pass)
- Signal to noise level -90db
- Frequency response 10hz to 20khz –1db
- Silver TEFLON audio cable
- Gold plated Input & output terminals
- One line input/line output
The Icon Audio MCTX is the first step-up stage from Icon Audio, allowing you to use a moving coil (MC) cartridge with a moving magnet (MM) phono stage and is the same design as featured in the high end PS1 and PS3 phono stages. Moving Coil (MC) pickups are capable of much better reproduction of LPs than Moving Magnet (MM). But only MC transformers can give the true golden musical sound of the LP.
Some phono stages have moving coil (MC) circuits fitted, but the results of these can be disappointing, this is because transistors are not ideally suited to this job. The sound can be harsh and uninteresting. Whereas a good quality transformer will add nothing, whilst giving a true interpretation of the original sound.
Solid construction is important for protection against noise and vibration. We use high quality transformers using the best low oxygen copper, made into extremely thin wire, is to hand wound the coils onto the rare earth metal formers. These are triple screened for maximum hum elimination. These are mounted on a stainless steel and alloy chassis using high quality gold plated terminals.
27 Apr 2014Heard this at Audio Affair's recent record store day. What a lushious sound. I already use a solid state Rega Fono phono stage with a Goldring 1042 cartridge but its getting a bit wooly sounding now. It obviously isn't an essential if you have an MC input but as MC is the logical next step after the 1042, I'd like to get the lushious sound of valves without the expense of a full Icon Audio valve phono stage, so this model may be a good match for my Fono. I'll be arranging a follow up demo soon.