Avid's Pulsare Reference Phono Stage Gets an Upgrade
Awarded "Best Phonostage" of 2012 by HiFi World
Avid's remarkable Pulsare phono stage brought merely listening to music to a new immersive level of experience. Receiving unlimited acclaim and numerous awards from virtually every hi-fi critic who auditioned it, the Pulsare introduced a new apex of analog sound quality.
Now, Avid introduces the Pulsare II, building on the impressive successes of its predecessor now enhanced with switchable Mono and Subsonic Filters, conveniently operated from the front panel. Additionally, resistance values can now be customized. Internal RCA sockets allow different resistance plugs to be fitted to alter the 47k setting so perfect cartridge matching for those obscure loads becomes simple. This is done internally to maintain the shielding of the fully balanced circuit and prevent unwanted noise.
Avid is world-renowned for state-of-the-art turntables which
create a visceral, emotional connection, drawing the listener deeper
into every recording. Over the years, Avid has tried many
different phonostage designs, most of them technically excellent, but
all lacking the emotional connection, the breath of life, the realism,
which Avid turntables reveal. They also lacked what Avid calls "sheer power": the presence, solidity and drive that transcends mere audio equipment, creating the true physicality of the performance.
The Pulsare II
is a two-box phono preamp that will deliver all the detail
from your precious LPs while preserving the warmth and natural tonality
that makes vinyl one of the most pleasurable listening mediums. No
matter the phono cartridge or 'table, the Avid Pulsare II will
simply make beautiful music your your vinyl. And the level of
satisfaction you'll experience will make you grateful for the time and
care you lavish on your record collection. Our highest recommendation!
Avid turned their substantial manufacturing prowess towards the
creation of their ideal phono preamplifier, one with the exceptionally
low background noise, impressive isolation and visceral presence of
Taking nothing for granted, Avid started with a blank slate, creating the Pulsare II circuit
design from the ground up. This is a ground-up revolutionary design
which communicates honestly and embraces dynamic attack with aplomb.
A fully balanced design, Pulsare II is built with purely exceptional
high-specification components; with the singular goal of maintaining
the purity and integrity of the miniscule signals flowing through it. To
this effect, Pulsare's distortion across the audio spectrum is
vanishingly low and Pulsare delivers impressive headroom; never running
out of steam regardless of the demands of the music. A passive RIAA (with Neumann HF correction) circuit using audiophile-grade capacitors maintains linearity.
Front Panel Controls
Gain, Resistance and Capacitance are all easily adjustable
via the front panel, offering excellent flexibility. All front panel
selections are routed through high-quality, low-impedance relay banks
allowing the use of much shorter electrical pathways and minimizing
signal damage. Fully balanced, the Pulsare II offers both XLR and RCA inputs and outputs.
Outboard Power Supply
The massive external double regulated dual-mono 300VA power supply
provides prodigious power to each channel separately. Separating Power
Supply and Signal sections reduces noise, vibration and susceptibility
to outside interference. This two-box configuration also allowed Avid to engineer a much larger, higher-current power supply which like the Reference PSU for the Avid Acutus, delivers greater drive, greater rhythmic capability and greater dynamic range.
Like all Avid's products, the Pulsare II is manufactured and tested in their new factory based near Huntingdon, UK.