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Dual-Mono Battery Packs and Dual-Mono Circuity Make Musical Surroundings Nova II an MM/MC Phono Preamplifier Star: Absolute Sound Editors' Choice Winner Pairs with Any Cartridge

With gain and loading options galore, the battery-powered Musical Surroundings Nova II MM/MC phono preamplifier can be precision-tuned to any cartridge. Discrete dual-mono circuitry, rear-panel switches, two rechargeable dual-mono battery packs, RIAA equalization, and enhanced casework further speak to its pedigree. We guarantee you'll love the magic Nova II makes with your vinyl LPs.

"The Nova II retains all its forebears' virtues with considerably improved dynamic range, robustness, and perceived life and vitality. [Michael] Yee's designs are always very quiet and extremely transparent, and this latest one is exceptionally so, ranking up there with some of the most expensive phonostages I've ever heard. I cannot recommend it enthusiastically enough!"
– Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, Editors' Choice Award

Nova II features two rechargeable internal NiMH dual-mono battery packs with Smart Sensing auto recharge feature. All AC and charging circuits automatically disconnect when listening in battery mode. It may be used with a receiver or an integrated amplifier. If you use separate components, a line-level control unit (preamp) is required since there is no independent volume control for Nova II. Nova II's power supply is internal and connects to the wall with the supplied wall mount transformer.

  • Enhanced casework with silver or black anodized finish
  • Improved resonance isolation for main board and battery power supply
  • 5dB better signal-to-noise ratio
  • Super-matched transistor pair input for improved linearity and sonic performance
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Gain Switches: 40, 44, 46, 48, 50, 51.5, 52.7, 53.7, 56, 57.5, 58.4, 59.4, 60dB
Input Loading Switches: 200pF/300pF, 30, 40, 50, 59, 80, 100, 121, 150, 243, 280, 380, 475, 660, 1k, 2k, 47k, 100k Ohms
Discrete, dual-mono circuitry
Dimensions: 9 7/8" x 9 7/8" x 2.5"
Weight: 5 lbs
Warranty: 3 years

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