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Icon Audio PS3 MkII Phono Pre-Amplifier

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Following on from Icon Audio's acclaimed PS1 phono stage which won '5 Globes' in Hi Fi World (03/2008) for its excellent sound quality, they have pushed the boundaries of valve technology even further with their new PS3 model. They have used all our expertise and experience to create a 'no expense spared' phono stage which addresses all the weaknesses of more conventional designs but still retaining their 'All Valve' philosophy. And amazing value!

So what's special about the PS3?

Special amplification needs a special power supply. They start with a large, oversized power transformer and a full wave valve EZ80 rectifier followed by two large chokes for ultra-smooth power. This is then regulated by a low resistance 5687 valve controlled by an ECC83 for the very accurate voltage necessary for exceptional purity and performance. The pre-amp unit uses the 'cascode effect' of using two valves together in a special way to obtain high gain with low noise this gives exceptional definition and sound staging whilst keeping the vivid colour and warmth that our PS1 phono stage is famous for. With two inputs and a moving coil option using our own 'hand wound' moving coil transformers. The output is handled by the venerable 6SN7. Introduced in 1941, probably the most luxurious sounding hi fi valve ever, with so many old and new version

Main Features:

 

  • Better definition using 'Double Cascode' circuit which has the delicious, liquid sound of triode valves, whilst solving many of the technical problems of high gain
  • Uses four of the excellent ECC88 valves
  • Uses the amazing 6SN7 as output valve
  • Specially developed 'All valve' power supply
  • Smooth Valve rectified using EZ80
  • 1x EZ80 1x ECC83 1x EL84 1 x 0A2 (power supply)
  • Two high value chokes for ultra smooth DC power.
  • Two box construction for minimum noise
  • Icon's 'passive' design uses no 'feedback'
  • The simple design uses 'audiophile' components
  • 'Hard wired' 'point to point' wiring with no printed circuit board
  • Only full sized components are used
  • Easily upgraded

 

The result

You are immediately aware of the lack of 'grittiness' and top end harshness that some designs exhibit. The sound is much more fluid and musical. The available detail is extraordinary! On good discs the background is 'inky black' silent. Discs with some wear sound far better than you would expect. When playing old mono discs the mono switch will eliminate much noise (why listen to stereo noise on a mono recording?) Now you can hear the true magic of vinyl!

Specifications and Features

 

  • Built in volume control, to directly control power amps
  • Max output 40 volts before clipping = massive headroom
  • Two turntable inputs 1xMM 1xMC/MM
  • Signal to noise ratio 88db MM
  • Mono switch for better results from mono records
  • Valve rectified power supply
  • Valve regulated power supply
  • Twin Chokes for excellent smoothing
  • Separate Power supply for lower noise
  • All hand wired point to point
  • No printed circuit board to colour the sound
  • Easy to service and upgrade
  • Japanese Blue ALPS volume pot.
  • All Triode valves
  • 4x ECC88 1x 6SN7 (pre-amp)
  • 1x EZ80 1x ECC83 1x EL84 1 x 0A2 (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
  • NO feedback used for RIAA
  • Solen/SCR audio capacitors Jensen upgrade option
  • Silver PTFE audio cable
  • Gold plated Input/output terminals
  • Detailed manual supplied with tube change info
  • 220/240volts (also 117v)
  • Pre-amp 15.5cmW, 33D, 17H*, 3.6kg
  • Power Supply 15.5cmW, 30D 17H 6.4kg
  • Packed: 40cmx40cmx28cm (0.044CM) 11.5KG
  • C E, ROHS FCC

 

(Specifications subject to change)

We endeavour to despatch same day (for orders placed up to 2pm) on available stock items to the vast majority of UK mainland addresses. Please remember to check with us first for a physical stock check if next day delivery is important to you.

UK ORDERS:  We despatch the bulk of our UK mainland items on a 24 hour service – Free of Charge.  Free delivery also applies to the Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, the Scilly Isles, the Scottish highlands and Islands, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland but may take a day or so longer. Smaller items are delivered using Royal Mail recorded delivery or special delivery. Larger items are delivered using a courier service such as Interlink Express, DPD, UPS or DHL. 

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: We offer competitive rates which can be confirmed by email. Please just ask – we will need a full delivery address and telephone number. Smaller items are delivered using Royal Mail Small Packets Airmail with International Tracked and/or Signed depending on value of item and availability of the service. Larger International shipments are sent by insured and tracked services using DPD, DHL or UPS. If there are any delays due to specific customs regulations, etc, you will be contacted by Hifisound or by the courier with a request for any further information required. Customs duties do not apply for shipments into any EU country (for a full list please refer to the EU Country List). Customs duties can apply for countries outside of the EU. Customers in these countries are responsible for all taxes and duties incurred when the items enter their country.

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