AUDIO ANALOGUE RELEASES AAPHONO PHONO PREAMPLIFIER
After celebrating its twentieth birthday in 2016 with a pair of ‘Anniversary’ editions of their classic integrated amplifiers, Audio Analogue from Italy has released the second product in its 'PureAA’ line of products.
Drawing key ideas from the Anniversary amps and adding a raft of additional features, the range includes the AAcento amplifier and now, the AAphono phono preamplifier.
Audio Analogue’s PureAA line aims to draw on some of the key features of the Anniversary amplifiers albeit applying them in a slightly different way.
While the Anniversary amps are masters of minimalist focus, the PureAA line sports a set of added features that will appeal to music lovers who seek a wider range of functions and connections in a single product.
The new AAphono phono stage is fully configurable for both MM and MC cartridges. Highly versatile, it offers plenty of adjustable options including gain and loading for MC cartridges but also the less common MM input capacitance and resistance.
The AAphono is effortlessly simple to use. No need to power off, cool down and delve ‘under the hood’. Simply press an easily accessible button to make your adjustments, which will be saved when the unit is switched off or even disconnected.
Should you be so inclined as to look under the hood, you’ll find an impressive set-up. Three separate toroidal transformers form the heart of the power supply, and hence the heart of the phono stage: one for each of the stereo channels (left and right) and, to keep the audio signal as pure as possible, a third one supplies the control circuitry.
Additionally, the power supply includes multiple filters to ensure that every section of the AAphono has the best possible operating conditions.
The AAphono features high-quality components with very tight tolerances throughout. It also incorporates a parallel circuit design in which any errors inherent within components are effectively cancelled out, adding a further ‘safety net’ to ensure consistently high performance.
The amplification is split between two separate gain stages with a subsonic filter placed between them. This prevents any low-frequency oscillation from reaching and saturating or overloading the final gain stage. Following the second gain stage, a special DC-blocking circuit ensures that no potentially harmful direct current reaches your amplifier, effectively providing a level of protection more typically associated with separate power cleaning units.
The casework is also resonance-damped and beautifully finished, in keeping with the brand’s classically simple design philosophy.
Audio Analogue’s AAphono integrated amplifier is available now, in black or silver, priced at £1,599 (inc.VAT).
- MM gain (@1KHz) - 40 dB
- MC gain (@1KHz) - 65 dB
- Frequency response (+/-0.25dB) - 10Hz - 20KHz
- MM signal/noise ratio - 89 dB
- MC signal/noise ratio - 72 dB
- Standby power consumption (230VAC) - 0.7 W
- Dimensions (H x W x D) - 87 x 220 x 372 mm
- Weight - 5.8kg
For more information visit Audio Analogue.
StereoNET UK’s Editor and Bass playing gadget junkie. He’s captained the good ship GadgetyNews for over a decade, making low jargon high tech a very handy thing. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.
Get the latest.
Sign up to discover the best news and reviews from StereoNET UK in our FREE Newsletter.
David Price thinks this affordable aftermarket upgrade power supply is shockingly good value for money…
Sometimes bigger is simply better, says Jay Garrett of this talented Canadian integrated amplifier...
System Audio Loudspeaker Range Now Available in UK Through Karma-AV
T+A P 3100 HV Reference Quality Preamplifer Features Upgraded Power and Internals
Razer Opus THX Certified Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones Released
Jelco Broken By Covid-19 Closes Business
A free-standing second tonearm system that hangs by a slender thread? Jay Garrett investigates this pick-up...
Jay Garrett evaluates the first two headphone designs from the new Dan Clark Audio brand...
David Price lives the stream with this compact, affordable and stylish network music player and DAC…
English Electric 8Switch Network Switch From The Chord Company Now Available