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Modwright’s new PH 9.0 valve phono stage has on-the-fly mov­ing-coil car­tridge load­ing and gain ad­just­ment and of­fers sim­i­lar per­for­mance to the Modwright PH 150 at a lower price. That its per­for­mance is sim­i­lar is no sur­prise: both mod­els use the same valves—a pair of 6C45s and a pair of 6922s. Also, both were de­signed by the same per­son, Modwright’s de­signer/owner Dan Wright, who says his aim with all his de­signs is: ‘ to pro­vide the most nat­u­ral and mu­si­cal pre­sen­ta­tion of ana­log play­back.’ Wright say he be­lieves his new PH 9.0: ‘ em­bod­ies the same tonal­ity, sound­stage and mu­si­cal pre­sen­ta­tion of the ref­er­ence line.’

The Modwright PH 9.0 has 0dB, –6dB and –12dB gain ad­just­ment set­tings, and of­fers ad­di­tional gain set­tings of 64dB (MC) and 52dB (MM). The rear panel has both MM and MC in­puts and one set of un­bal­anced (via RCA) out­puts, but you can op­tion­ally or­der a fully-bal­anced, trans­former-cou­pled out­put (via XLR). The pro­vi­sion of dual in­puts means turnta­bles with two tone arms can be eas­ily ac­com­mo­dated, or two en­tirely dif­fer­ent turntable/car­tridge com­bi­na­tions. Power is sup­plied by an out­board PSU that links to the PH 9.0 via a two-me­tre cable. ‘ Modwright un­der­took ex­ten­sive test­ing of a wide range of both MM and MC car­tridges and a se­ries of dif­fer­ent ref­er­ence turnta­bles and tone arms to prove the per­for­mance of this new de­sign,’ said Boris Gra­novsky, of Ab­so­lute Hi End, which dis­trib­utes Modwright in Aus­tralia. The Modwright PH9.0 phono stage re­tails for $4,500 (RRP). For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ab­so­lute Hi End on (04) 8877 7999 or via its web­site at www.ab­so­lute­

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