MCX Phono Preamp

The new MCX Phono Preamp optimizes the inclusion of moving coil step transformers in vinyl playback.

Ron Sutherland

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"Like so many people, I had assumed that moving coil step-up transformers were a relic from the past. Well-designed, modern phono preamps can achieve plenty of gain at very low noise AND a very intimate connection with the music. Adding a step-up transformer into the signal path seemed like an expensive, unnecessary, and detrimental complication.

But, contrary to this, the popularity of SUT (Step Up Transformer) is on the upswing. So many people were telling me how putting a good SUT in front of their phono preamp brought out a rich, lush and emotive character that was completely seductive. People were passionate about the sound quality.

Sutherlands answer: First, the SUT needed to sit directly on the preamp circuit board. This decision brought with it many advantages. The connections between the SUT secondary and preamp circuits were now as direct as physically possible. The distance was minimal. The interconnecting cable was eliminated. Two sets of audio connectors were eliminated. The signal path was simplified and made more direct. Furthermore, the cost of cables, connectors, and transformer case was eliminated.

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Weight19.00 lbs
FeaturesAdjustable Gain, Adjustable Loading, Internal Power Supply, MC Compatible
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