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Ital­ian high-end hi-fi man­u­fac­turer Au­dio Ana­logue has re­leased the sec­ond prod­uct in its ‘PureAA’ line, the AAphono… which is, ob­vi­ously, a phono stage!

‘ Au­dio Ana­logue’s PureAA line draws key ideas from its An­niver­sary amps, re­leased to cel­e­brate the com­pany’s 20th an­niver­sary, but aims to ap­ply them in a slightly dif­fer­ent way,’ said Boris Gra­novsky, of | Ab­so­lute HiEnd, which dis­trib­utes Au­dio Ana­logue in Aus­tralia. ‘ Whereas the An­niver­sary am­pli­fiers are to­tally min­i­mal­ist, mod­els in the PureAA line have loads of fea­tures for mu­sic lovers who need a wider range of func­tions and con­nec­tions in a sin­gle prod­uct.’

The Au­dio Ana­logue AAphono ac­com­mo­dates both mov­ing­mag­net and mov­ing-coil car­tridges, of­fer­ing a se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent gain and load­ing op­tions for MC car­tridges as well as a range of in­put ca­pac­i­tance and re­sis­tance op­tions for MM car­tridges. ‘ Se­lect­ing op­tions is as sim­ple as press­ing a but­ton,’ said Gra­novsky. ‘ And any ad­just­ments you make are saved and will be re­mem­bered if the unit is switched off or even if it’s dis­con­nected.’

The AAphono’s cir­cuitry in­cludes three toroidal trans­form­ers: one for each chan­nel plus one for the con­trol cir­cuitry. The am­pli­fi­ca­tion is split be­tween two sep­a­rate gain stages with an in­fra­sonic fil­ter placed be­tween. Au­dio Ana­logue specs the fre­quency re­sponse of the AAPhono at 10Hz–20kHz ±0.25dB, and the sig­nal-to-noise ra­tios as 89dB (MM) and 72dB (MC). It mea­sures 87×220×372mm (HWD), weighs 5.8kg and sells for $2,800 (RRP). For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ab­so­lute Hi End on (04) 8877 7999 or at www.ab­so­lute­

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