AURORASOUND VIDA PRIMA MM/MC PHONO STAGE LANDS IN UK

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by Jay Garrett

5th February, 2019

AURORASOUND VIDA PRIMA MM/MC PHONO STAGE LANDS IN UK

Aurorasound's latest MM/MC phono stage, dubbed VIDA Prima, claims its place as the new entry model in the VIDA phono pre-amplifier family.

Aurorasound is a company out of Yokohama, Japan and is lead by designer and director Shinobu Karaki.

Karaki-san's latest creation might look simple and easy to use, but its uncompromising specification is bound to pique the interest of all vinyl enthusiasts, especially at this price point.

The VIDA Prima Offers MM or MC loading with the MC setting being switchable to suit cartridges with an internal source impedance above or below 15 Ohms.

Aurorasound VIDA Prima phonostage

The equalisation is through an NF + CR network; the NF equalisation used for higher frequencies, the CR network for low-frequency compensation.

The NF + CR combination brings a warm and transparent sound. Furthermore, it achieves that with extremely low noise and low distortion.

Naturally, the components have been selected for their performance and musicality. It's no surprise to see Texas Instruments semiconductors as Karaki has 28 years of experience working for TI. Additionally, you will find  German-made WIMA film capacitors alongside high-precision resistors from Japan.

The integral power supply is based around a generously specified toroidal power transformer with Schottky barrier diodes, FineMet beads and high-quality smoothing capacitors. This design generates a lot of energy while remaining silent.

All of that tech is wrapped up on a retro-modern aluminium chassis covered with a wooden shell.

Aurorasound VIDA Prima phonostage

The front panel features an LED indicator and the brand's statement mute switch.

Around the rear are RCA inputs and outputs, as well as an IEC power socket. Additionally, there are two rotary switches: the first one allows to select the MM or MC gain, at 40 or 64dB; the second enables choices of different load settings, MM, MC high level or MC low level.

The Aurorasound VIDA Prima certainly looks to be a high-performance product and is priced at  £999.95.

Tech Spec

  • Inputs/outputs: RCA
  • Impedances: MM, MC high level, MC low level
  • MM gain: 40dB
  • MC profit: 64dB
  • Output impedance: 47 Ohms
  • RIAA accuracy: +/- 0.5dB of 20-20kHz
  • Switch: Mute
  • Input Noise: MC -134dBC, MM -134dBV
  • THD + N: MC 0.09%, 0.009%
  • Size: W250 x D246 x H69
  • Weight: 2.2kg


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