Dual-Mono CIAudio PEQ-1 MkII Features Ultra-Low-Noise Operation on Par with Battery Technology: USA-Made MM/MC Phono Preamplifier Loaded with Hand-Selected Parts, Smart Engineering
Long regarded for making USA-built high-end products that offer terrific value, CIAudio returns to the market in a major way with its PEQ-1 MkII MM/MC phono preamplifier. Dynamic and detailed, rich and nuanced, PEQ-1 MkII plays vinyl LPs with engaging emotionalism while producing dimensional soundstages that belie its price. Its compatibility with almost any available MM or MC cartridge extends to the convenience afforded by rear-panel DIP switches that allow limitless adjustment. The dual-mono design also features a dual AC power input – one for each channel – complete with two identical independent mono filter/regulation circuits, resulting in low-noise operation on par with highly regarded battery technologies and involving none of the inconvenience. CIAudio's dual-mono strategy yields further benefits in the form of ultra-low harmonic and intermodulation distortion as well as significantly lessened crosstalk.
Inside and out, PEQ-1 MkII is loaded with goodness. An input gain stage with selectable load, capacitance, gain, and a subsonic filter complement an extremely short signal path from input to output. Star-grounding power-supply components translate into silent backgrounds and an immunity to EMI/RFI. Cardas Audio panel-mounted RCA jacks, Nichicon Muse NP power-supply capacitors, Vishay polypropylene signal and bypass capacitors, Takman resistors, and Grayhill switches all attest to PEQ-1 MkII 's hand-selected parts quality. A heavy steel faraday cage houses the complete circuit board while an aluminum chassis wraps up the entire package. CIAudio's iron-clad five-year parts-and-labor warranty and Music Direct's money-back satisfaction guarantee give you total peace of mind.
"This is a fun-to-listen-to, non-mechanical-sounding phono preamplifier that delivers genuine musical pleasure and performs well beyond its pay grade."
– Michael Fremer, Analog Planet
"The Channel Islands Audio PEQ-1 MkII is an exceptional performer, one that calls no attention to itself with any particularly egregious sins of commission, delivering an exceptionally refined and engaging level of performance at a surprisingly competitive price."
– The Absolute Sound, May/June 2018
"The level of musical finesse and enjoyment that the PEQ does offer is unmatched by anything I've yet experienced at anything near this price."
– Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio