Australian HIFI - - LEN WALLIS AUDIO -

The Nu-Vista se­ries of am­pli­fiers is about as good as in­te­grated amps get. Mu­si­cal Fi­delity has now added a phono stage to the range, still util­is­ing the nu­vista sub minia­ture valve – and again this is an ex­cep­tional prod­uct.

Pro­duc­ing a high per­for­mance phono stage is one of the most dif­fi­cult ar­eas of this in­dus­try to get right. You are start­ing out with a very low level sig­nal, par­tic­u­larly with mov­ing coil car­tridges, so any small fail­ings in the de­sign are am­pli­fied along with the mu­sic. Most ana­logue sources con­nected to your am­pli­fier (CD, tuner, tape etc.) put out around 2 – 2.5 volts. A mov­ing mag­net car­tridge out­puts around 5mV, and a mov­ing coil is around 0.5mV. It is no sur­prise that there is so much vari­a­tion in the per­for­mance of phono stages, and that the ma­jor­ity of phono stages found in am­pli­fiers of­fer me­diocre per­for­mance at best.

The Nu-Vista Vinyl has five in­puts, all of which can be con­fig­ured to Mov­ing Mag­net (MM) or Mov­ing Coil (MC). Each can then be in­di­vid­u­ally loaded to match per­fectly your car­tridge. The unit fea­tures both balanced and sin­gle ended out­puts.

The ideal piece of elec­tron­ics has no sig­na­ture – the out­put is iden­ti­cal to the in­put, only louder. Ac­cord­ing to Mu­si­cal Fi­delity, the Nu Vista Vinyl has no prac­ti­cal noise, it has no distortion and you can­not over­load either the in­put or out­put. You could not ask for more – other than the sub­jec­tive per­for­mance, and it has won us over there! Priced at $5,999.

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