Clearaudio Balance V2 and Basic V2 Phono Pre-amps

Posted on 18th March, 2020

Clearaudio Balance V2 and Basic V2 Phono Pre-amps

Clearaudio upgraded V2 Basic and Balance phonostages available.

German analogue audio fans, Clearaudio, has announced refreshed and upgraded versions of its ever-popular duo of mid-priced Basic and Balanced phonostages.

Clearaudio Balance V2

Clearaudio Balance V2

Combining three keystone components in one - preamplifier, phonostage and headphone amplifier - Clearaudio's new Balance V2 (£2,510) offers many options for the vinyl aficionado.

The advances baked-in to the new V2 supersedes the technologies found in the previous Balance Plus while retaining the latter's options for adjusting and fine-tuning its performance to your particular system and preferences. Additionally, the Balance V2 keeps the effortlessly intuitive operation and elegant looks of its predecessor.

The Balance V2 features a fully balanced circuit design with entirely independent circuitry for left and right channels, and so promises to give excellent stereo separation and a realistic soundstage.

Clearaudio Balance V2

As well as the usual RCA outputs, the Balance V2 features balanced XLR outputs and a 6.3mm plug headphone output. A flick of a switch is all it takes to select between moving magnet and moving coil mode (SNR: -78db MM mode, -69dB MC mode). From there, the Balance V2 will automatically harmonise with almost any high-end phono cartridge without you needing to make any further adjustments, according to the manufacturer. The Balance V2's volume control enables it to be connected directly to a power amplifier or to an active loudspeaker system.

High precision RIAA equalisation achieves an accuracy of within 0.1dB, while an optional subsonic filter (20Hz (-6dB / Oct.) attenuates any unwanted low-frequency noise. A separate power supply in its own sleek, resonance-shielding aluminium casing keeps any potential interference at bay, says Clearaudio.

Clearaudio Basic V2

Clearaudio Basic V2

Basic by name and, perhaps looks, but not in performance. The Basic V2 phonostage (£990) boasts highly refined features that might not be instantly recognisable from the single visible control - the power switch.

However, flip the Basic V2 over you'll find a moving coil and moving magnet selector switch (SNR: -72db MM mode, -67dB MC mode) which, as with the Balance V2, makes the Balance V2 compatible with almost any high-end phono cartridge without making any further adjustments.

Clearaudio Basic V2

Furthermore, you can choose from a range of performance-enhancing settings to fine-tune its parameters to your system and your heart's content. An optional subsonic filter attenuates any unwanted low-frequency noise, while RIAA equalisation accuracy is again within 0.1dB.

Both phono stages have a stated gains of +46dB (MM mode) and +66dB (MC mode) with impedance outputs of 47 kOhm / 270pF (MM mode) and 500 Ohm / 270pF (MC mode).

Pricing and availability

The Balance V2 and Basic V2 are available now, priced at £2,510 and £990 respectively (inc. VAT).

For more information, head on over to Clearaudio.


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