Musical FidelityM-1Musical Fidelity M-1 VINLExcellent MM/MC Phono Preamplifier with balanced/unbalanced outputs, very versatile and great sounding, just not enough gain for my AT-ART7, and though it still sounds very good! I sometimes forge...500.00

Musical Fidelity M-1 VINL [Expired]

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Excellent MM/MC Phono Preamplifier with balanced/unbalanced outputs, very versatile and great sounding, just not enough gain for my AT-ART7, and though it still sounds very good!  I sometimes forget to turn down the volume on my preamp after using my turntable and other sources blast volume when I switch.  But it's certainly not the M1 VINL's fault, it's a great phono preamp for medium-to-high output Moving Coil and MM/MI phono cartridges.  Rated 7/10 only because I no longer have the original box, but I will substitute pack appropriately.


Overview: The Musical Fidelity M1 ViNL phono preamp consists of a top quality phono stage with precise RIAA or RIAA/IEC frequency response. The M1 ViNL phono preamp has a circuit design based on the legendary KW phono stage, but using the latest technology and manufacturing techniques to improve on the incredible standard. It features switchable loading options for all cartridge types and high quality buffered single ended and balanced outputs. It is designed particularly to be partnered with Musical Fidelity M1/M3/M6 series products (sold separately) or to add top quality  phono playback to any system.

MM/MC Phono Inputs: Thanks to the M1 ViNL's extraordinary input flexibility, its performance benefits can be optimally enjoyed regardless of your choice of turntable and cartridges. You can choose to connect either an MM turntable or MC turntable.

 MM Resistance/Capacitance: For moving-magnet (MM) designs, the M1 ViNL offers two choices of resistive loading; 47k or 68k input impedance. Plus eight capacitive-loading options; 50PF, 100PF, 150PF, 200PF, 250PF, 300PF, 350PF and 400PF.

MC Resistance: The moving-coil (MC) stage offers 10 resistive-loading options; 10R, 18R, 25R, 50R, 100R, 200R, 400R, 800R, 1600R, and 47K.

Note: The M 1ViNL has separate MM/MC stereo RCA inputs with a shared ground terminal.

RIAA/IEC EQs: The RIAA/IEC EQ alters the normal RIAA frequency response by rolling off (reducing) the output at very low frequencies, around 20Hz and below. This can help to prevent distortion and/or overload of subsequent amplifier/speaker systems by low frequency artifacts such as record warp, surface noise or rumble. As a result, both distortion and noise are minimal. Distortion measures at less than 0.01% at 1kHz for either input, and equalization is within 0.2dB all the way up to 50kHz. Signal to noise ratio is 90dB for the MM input and an incredibly low 88dB for MC.

Front-Panel Controls: Its simple to select MM/MC type, Resistance/Capacitance, and RIAA/IEC EQ via the push-button controls on the front of the M1 ViNL. This makes it easy to experiment with different set-ups to find the perfect performance for your system, even when a record is playing.

Balanced & Unbalanced Audio Outputs: The M1 ViNL also offers output flexibility, with both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) connections on the rear-chassis.

Trigger Input/Output: The unit can be triggered to switch on/off remotely by applying a ±4.5 to ±15V DC signal to the 3.5mm Trigger Input from an external triggering device. Any further devices to be triggered on/off may be connected to the Trigger Output jack as it replicates the Trigger Input signal. This will form a chain of devices that will switch on/off together.

Detachable AC Power Cord: The M1 ViNL includes a 7' detachable 3-prong AC power cord.

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