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ICON AUDIO - PS3 Mk2 MM/MC Phono Preamp

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Hear Exceptional Musical Definition and Phenomenal Soundstaging from Vinyl Via the Icon Audio PS3 Mk2 MM/MC Phono Preamplifier: Includes Special All-Valve Power Supply and Built-In Volume Control 

Sometimes, when you're listening to vinyl, you need more power. You crave more musical definition. You want that sought-after liquid midrange as well as superb purity. You'll settle for nothing less than ideal instrumental definition, sublime color, and exceptional soundstaging. Icon Audio shares your desires. It's why the acclaimed British manufacturer makes the no-expenses-spared PS3 MkII MM/MC phono preamplifier. When your tastes are Mahler, Maiden, or Miles, Icon Audio has you covered with this top-of-the-line unit.

Expanding upon the concepts of the award-winning PS1, the all-valve PS3 Mk2 phono preamplifier with all-valve power supply is a reference-caliber component designed for the most exacting analog lovers. Buttressed with a large, oversized transformer and full-wave EZ80 valve rectifier, PS3 also claims two large chokes for ultra-smooth power and is regulated by the top-flight EL84 valve. A 12AX7 valve controls the latter, ensuring accurate voltage and unmistakable high-end performance. Icon doesn't stop there. The preamp section uses the "cascade effect" of pairing to valves together to attain high gain and low noise, resulting in excellent soundstaging and crystalline detail.

Like all Icon Audio phono preamplifiers, PS3 is point-to-point wired by hand and tailored to deliver analog's benefits while tuning out the sonic impurities of older, worn records. It's also equipped with a stereo/mono switch for better signal-to-noise ration and lower distortion; Japanese Blue ALPS volume pot; low-noise oversized metal film resistors; polypropylene audio capacitors; silver PTFE audio cable; DC supply for valve heaters; gold-plated input terminals; and 6mm solid-alloy front and rear plates. Overbuilt and made to last years to come, PS3 combines proven valve technology with modern, state-of-the-art know-how.

Tube fans will also notice PS3 utilizes the celebrated 6SN7 as the output valve, a standard since its introduction in 1940. Made to work effortlessly with any kind of amp, PS3 comes with a built-in volume control to directly control power amps. Massive headroom, the absence of a printed circuit board, and upgradeable options are among the other aspects that give this incredible component a leg up on the competition.

You can also rest assured PS3 will give you everything you want. Backed by our Satisfaction Guarantee, this is a phono preamplifier that outperforms and pleases. Order online or call a Music Direct audio consultant to hear one for yourself!

  • Built in volume control, will drive most power amps
  • Max output 50 volts for massive headroom
  • Two turntable inputs 1xMM 1xMC/MM
  • Stereo/mono switch for better S/N and distortion from mono and worn stereo records
  • Valve rectified/regulated power supply
  • Twin Choke for exceptional smoothing
  • Separate Power supply for lower noise
  • Comprehensive manual supplied with tube change info
  • All hand wired point to point
  • No printed circuit board to color sound
  • Japanese Blue ALPS volume pot
  • All Triode valves
  • NO feedback used, Passive RIAA
  • Low noise oversized 2w metal film resistors
  • Blue LED mains indicator
  • Polypropylene audio capacitors
  • Silver PTFE audio cable
  • DC supply for valve heaters
  • Heater circuit floated to minimize heater-cathode noise
  • Polished stainless steel chassis
  • 6mm solid alloy front & rear plates
  • Gold plated Input terminals
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Signal to noise ratio -88db MM unweighted
4x ECC88 1x 6SN7 (pre-amp)
1x EZ80 1x ECC83 1x 5687 (power supply)
Sensitivity: 3mv for 1.26v output (0.3mv MC)@
Gain MM 53db MC 72db
Load: imp: 47k MM, 100 ohms MC
Output source impedance 50 ohms
RIAA Freq response 20hz-20khz +0 – 0.5db
230/240volts (also 120v), 50watts 1.5A fuse
Dimensions(WHD): 5.8" x 6.5" x 13.5"
Weight: 25 lbs.

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