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.
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
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.
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.
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.
& Unbalanced Audio Outputs: The M1 ViNL also offers output flexibility, with both
balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) connections on the rear-chassis.
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.
AC Power Cord: The M1 ViNL
includes a 7' detachable 3-prong AC power cord.