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PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter

All-Analog Class-A MM/MC $2k Phono Preamplifier With an Analog-to-Digital Converter Inside: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter Plays Back LPs with Incredible Musicality, Transfers Your Analog Front End to Digital At Any Resolution Up to DSD

Now, Save $900 on the PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter: Designed and Built in Boulder, Colorado, It Includes the Music Direct 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Unlike anything on the market, PS Audio's stunning-sounding NuWave Phono Converter functions as a one-box all-analog Class-A MM/MC phono preamplifier and analog-to-digital converter. You can play LPs with tangible warmth and musicality, and now, take those albums with you by transferring the exact sound of your analog front end to digital at any resolution (up to DSD). First and foremost, however, please understand NuWave as a world-beating $2k phono preamplifier that just happens to have an outstanding A2D inside. That's because NuWave is by far the best phono preamplifier PS Audio has made in its 40-year-plus history. It works with cartridges with up to 220mv output as well as those with as low as a 0.3mv output. A passive RIAA curve and stellar, discrete Class A FET output stage help bring out the rich, open, and dynamic properties from your vinyl LPs.

Purists, also, should take note: The analog and digital paths are completely isolated and separated in the American-made NuWave. Easy to use, this cutting-edge component is a lifesaver for both LP lovers and anyone who wants to take the sound of their turntables with them. Just input any analog source –  such as a turntable, tape deck, or tuner - directly to a DAC, computer, or preamplifier. Once connected, you will be able to playback your vinyl though your system and/or record your vinyl (or any analog source) directly into your computer. Building a digital library from your analog sources is that simple! 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.

"Its digital output preserves all of the sonic nuances in its analog output...and the end result gives you something so close to the sound of playing a record through the system used to make the recording that you get all of the pleasures of analog."
– Anthony Cordesman, The Absolute Sound

Massive Power Supply, Fully Balanced Class-A Analog Outputs, and More
Take the best sounding all-analog moving-magnet/moving coil phono preamp PS Audio has ever designed, combine it with a state-of-the-art analog-to-digital converter, place it all in a gorgeous chassis, and then build it in Boulder, Colorado. Add in a massive power supply, provide fully balanced Class-A analog outputs, throw in multiple digital outputs that include both DSD and PCM, and you have the NuWave Phono Converter (NPC). By connecting NuWave Phono Converter to your computer, you can rip (record) content up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM or 2x DSD. This process utilizes PS Audio's proprietary Digital Lens technology to remove any jitter from the digital signal. NuWave Phono Converter produces either high-res PCM or DSD from its digital outputs and incredible-sounding fully balanced analog from its single-ended or balanced (RCA or XLR) audio outputs.

Runs Parallel and Separate Analog and Digital Paths for Faithful Reproduction
The heart of NuWave Phono Converter's design philosophy is the ability to run parallel and separate analog and digital paths, allowing each to be fully optimized for the best performance. Vinyl mastering is handled through filters. Reverse RIAA equalization is kept strictly in the analog domain from the input to the output of the cutting lathe. To help faithfully reproduce this delicate non-digital signal path, an analog playback chain is the preferred reproduction method, which is why the NPC is 100% analog through its phonostage chain. Once the playback and EQ requirements of the vinyl path are properly amplified, the audio signal is then converted to digital through a state-of-the-art Analog-to-Digital Converter (A2D Converter).

Using NuWave Is Simple
NuWave Phono Converter can be used as a standalone A2D converter utilizing the analog input. It is an incredible digital-output phono preamplifier that can feed a DAC or computer. And it's the finest, pure-analog phono preamplifier PS Audio has ever designed. Simultaneous analog and digital outputs are available, meaning that connections to a preamplifier, DAC, audio/video system, or computer are simple and direct. You can record either high-res PCM or DSD through either Mac or Windows via an off-the-shelf program such as Audacity. Because DSD is sent using DoP (DSD over PCM), Audacity or other recording programs handle the files as if they were standard digital audio .WAV files. DoP does not alter the DSD data. Instead, it cuts it up into acceptable packets that look like PCM but are DSD files. The pure DSD stream is maintained perfectly for future playback. Recorded files play directly on your computer using a program like Foobar for Windows OS and Pure Music for Mac. Users can also stream these files directly to a DAC via USB from the computer or Ethernet with an appropriate server.

Phono Audio Input
Connector: RCA x2
Cartridge type: Moving Coil or Moving Magnet
Cartridge Output (5cm/s): 0.2mV to 220mV
Cartridge load impedance: 60Ω(80nF), 100Ω(47nF), 160Ω(33nF), 600Ω(8.0nF), 1.0KΩ(4.7nF), 1.6KΩ(3.3nF), 50KΩ(100pF), 100KΩ(47pF)

Analog Audio Input
Connector: RCA (X2)
Input level: 3.15 VRMS (+10dBV) maximum
Input impedance: 47KΩ

Analog Audio Output
Connector: RCA/XLR Unbalanced /Balanced
Output level, nominal: 1.0 VRMS (0dBV)/2.0 VRMS (+6dBV)
Output level, maximum: 3.15 VRMS (+10dBV)/6.3 VRMS (+16dBV)
Output Impedance: 100Ω/200Ω
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz ± 0.25 dB (RIAA)
THD (Balanced, +6dBV, 1KHz): 0.03%
Signal to Noise Ratio (Balanced output, referenced to +6dBV nominal output level A-weighted)
    MM-5.0mV: 87dB
    MC-0.6mV: 72dB
    Aux analog input: 107dB
Equivalent input noise
    Maximum gain phono: <200nV

A/D Converter
Format: PCM or DSD
Sample rate (PCM): 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Word length (PCM): 16b, 18b, 20b, 24b
Data rate (DSD): Standard (2.8MHz) or Double (5.6MHz)
S/PDIF Digital Output
    Connector: RCA (Coax)
    Impedance: 75Ω
    Format: PCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)
I2S Digital Output
    Connector: HDMI
    Format: PCM or DSD
USB Digital Output
    Connector: USB "B" Type
    Format: PCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)
    Transfer mode: Asynchronous

Input Power: Model specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC; 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption: 15W
Unit Weight: 14 lbs.
Unit Dimensions: 14" x 8.3" x 2.4"
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs.
Shipping Dimensions: 22.5" x 13" x 6"

User Manual (PDF, 1.2 MB)

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