BRiNkmANN Au­dio edi­SoN mkii uP­GRAde

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Brinkmann Au­dio has up­graded its Edi­son phono stage to MkII sta­tus, and is of­fer­ing up­grades to any­one with one of the orig­i­nal Edis­ons. The Brinkmann Au­dio Edi­son phono stage has three un­bal­anced RCA in­puts, two of which have XLR con­nec­tions, with each one in­de­pen­dently ad­justable for gain (in 16 steps from 49dB to 73dB) and im­ped­ance (in 12 steps from 50Ω to 47kΩ). Fea­tures in­clude se­lectable mono/stereo op­er­a­tion, phase con­trol (nor­mal/in­verted) and re­mote con­trol. Cir­cuitry is hy­brid, us­ing se­lected bipo­lar tran­sis­tors and NOS Tele­funken valves, with RIAA equal­i­sa­tion im­ple­mented par­tially as plate load and par­tially as feed­back loop. ‘ In its Mk II in­car­na­tion, Edi­son’s RIAA EQ net­work has been com­pletely re-de­signed as a re­sult of Hel­mut Brinkmann’s re­lent­less fine-tun­ing,’ said Matthew Sweet of Au­dio Fidelity, which dis­trib­utes Brinkmann in Aus­tralia. ‘ Nearly ev­ery ca­pac­i­tor has been up­dated with a new value or type, yield­ing in­creased ac­cu­racy and lin­ear­ity, tak­ing its per­for­mance to a tran­scen­dent level with a greatly im­proved out­put stage and in­creased valve sta­bil­ity, cre­at­ing a lower noise floor, fos­ter­ing more de­tail and al­low­ing the lis­tener to ex­pe­ri­ence a closer mu­si­cal con­nec­tion.’

Own­ers of the orig­i­nal ver­sion can up­grade their unit for $4,000. The new Edi­son MkII is also avail­able in Aus­tralia and re­tails for $16,500 (RRP).

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