Rothwell - MCL Step-Up Phono Transformer

Equipment Phono Preamps
Price $750.00
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Rothwell - MCL Step-Up Phono Transformer

Rothwell - MCL Step-Up Phono Transformer

Price $750.00
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Superb Step-Up Transformer Makes Glorious Music with Lyra, Koetsu, Ortofon, and Other Moving-Coil Cartridges: Rothwell MCL Features Lundahl Transformers and 26dB Gain

Featuring Swedish-made Lundahl transformer cores, meticulously designed primary and secondary loading networks, and multiple primary and secondary windings configured to cancel hum pickup from external sources, the Rothwell Audio MCL step-up transformer plays with superb sound and elevates low-output MC cartridges to their full potential. We're talking models from Lyra, Koetsu, Ortofon, Audio-Technica, and more. MCL's step-up ratio (1:20) and impedance (100 ohms input; 47k optimum load) make it compatible with a wide range of MC cartridges for use with MM phono preamplifier inputs. Wide bandwidth, low distortion, and 26dB (x20) voltage gain further set this glorious component apart from the competition – and promise to dramatically enhance your analog listening pleasure. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.

Why You Should Have a Transformer – And Why They Are Rarely Seen
The purpose of MCL is not simply to allow moving-coil cartridges to be used with moving-magnet phonostages (most valve designs, for example), but to allow high-output moving-coil cartridges the chance to realize their full potential. Transformers have much more benign distortion characteristics than active circuits and are capable of producing a sublime soundstage with detail and separation unsurpassed by the more common transistor and op-amp alternatives. The reason transformers are so rarely seen nowadays is because they are incredibly expensive compared to transistors and chips. A complete moving-coil phonostage is obviously more convenient than a separate transformer and moving-magnet phonostage, and a moving-coil phonostage made entirely with solid-state circuitry is considerably cheaper to produce than one with transformers.

Turns Ratio: 1:20
Voltage Gain: 26dB (x20)
Input Impedance: 100 ohms
Optimum Load Impedance: 47k + 150pF
Bandwidth: 8Hz - 75kHz (+0/-3dB)
Cartridge Compatibility (O/P): 0.2mV - 0.7mV
Cartridge Compatibility (Imp.): <20 ohms
Dimensions: 2.4" x 6.1" x 3.6"
Weight: 1.3 lbs.
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