Icon Audio PS1 Mk2 MM/MC Phono Preamplifier
Price Reduced from $1500 to $1300!
For sale here is a less than two month old Icon Audio Phono Pre-Amp
Everything I read about this piece is absolutely true, I was very pleased to have finally found just the right one for me. The Volume Control and Stereo/Mono Switch are invaluable features. I've been through many phono pre's including starting with a TubeBox SE II, then Jolida, Vincent, Fosgate Signature, Avid Pulsare, EAR834P and even a few others and then came to this. This piece is the winner.
It does everything right and questions I had for support on possible tube compliments were answered in detail the same day or next day. I never got to try any tube rolling. I have and can provide the original receipt and never registered the product and that may certainly help with warranty.
Alas, I lucked into a VAC Sigma 160i Tube Integrated Amp with a built in Phono stage at a great price and just over a month later am needing to sell. I've priced this just below $1500 to avoid double the listing fee so please no low ball offers. This baby is well worth my asking price at $900 under list. Anyone using Buy It Now will have no Paypal fee, those making an offer please add 3% for Paypal.
Updated With a Better Power Supply, Enhanced Circuitry and Cosmetics: Icon Audio PS1 Mk2 MM/MC Phono Preamplifier Is All-Tube, Completely Passive, and Point-to-Point Wired by Hand
Icon Audio designer David Shaw loves vinyl. What he doesn't like are the medium's sonic impurities, often found on older records that each and everyone of us has in their collection. His solution? The Icon Audio PS1 MkII MM/MC phono preamplifier. An all-valve component, this best-selling phonostage is updated with a better power supply, enhanced circuitry and wiring, and sexier cosmetics. Completely passive, point-to-point wired by hand, the exceptional-sounding PS1 Mk2 gives you fluidity, musicality, detail, and pitch-black backgrounds. The inherent warm sound of the valves are tailor-made for vinyl playback. Since the massive overload of valves prevents distortion and reduces noise on LPs, valves handle massive transient spikes on imperfect, older LPs much better than transistors.
Built-In Volume Control, Stereo/Mono Switch, Choke Power Supply Among the Myriad Features Originally built for Shaw's own personal use, the PS1 MkII MM/MC became a public product after the English designer was overwhelmed with requests by listeners that heard it in action. Shaw built the PS1--a "Reference Standard" component for Hi Fi World--so he could maximize analog's potential without having to hear unwanted artifacts. Equipped with a built-in volume control, stereo/mono switch for lower noise from mono LPs, separate power supply, choke power supply, Japanese Blue ALPS volume pot, high-quality resistors, and audiophile-grade audio capacitors, PS1 is exemplary of what's possible when incredible build quality and intuitive design are combined. This is a phonostage that captures the magic residing in vinyl's grooves.
Sonic Purity and a Smooth, Detailed Sound Touting a higher-than-normal output, the PS1 can be connected directly to power amplifiers without a preamplifier. Its own volume control results in a noticeable sonic purity. Icon also constructed and fit its own transformers for the requisite extra gain in the MC pickup; they boast a smooth, detailed sound that will leave you enraptured. Silver audio cable, gold-plated input/output terminals, and a blue LED mains indicator help round out the feature set.
Unblemished Satisfaction Record Since its introduction in 2005, the PS1 has not been returned to Icon once due to user dissatisfaction or unsuitability.
Features: Built in volume control, will drive most power amps Stereo/mono switch for better S/N and distortion from mono and worn stereo records Choke regulated power supply Separate Power supply for lower noise All hand wired point to point No printed circuit board to 'color' sound Japanese Blue ALPS volume pot All Triode valves Heater circuit floated to minimize heater-cathode noise Polished stainless steel chassis Gold plated Input terminals Silver PTFE audio cable Polypropylene audio capacitors High quality 2w metal film, & wire-wound resistors
Gain: MM 53db MC 72db Input Impedance: MM: 47kΩ MC: 100Ω Output Impedance: 50 ohms S/N: -75db (MM unweighted) RIAA Accuracy: 20Hz: 0dB 20kHz: -1dB Power: Voltage: 120VAC @ 60Hz Consumption: 50W Fuse: 1.0A Dimensions: (HWD) Preamp: 6.7x10.4x4.1" @ 6.3Lbs PSU: 4.7x9.3x6.3" @ 8.6Lbs