Musical Fidelity V-LPS

Phono preamplifier

  • Musical Fidelity V-LPS


  • Musical Fidelity V-LPS

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  • Musical Fidelity V-LPS

    RCA preamp outputs

Item #: 778VLPS

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The V-LPS offers your choice of moving magnet or moving coil cartridge inputs.

Top-notch sound without the frills

Don't judge this book by its cover! Inside the plain black metal exterior of Musical Fidelity's V-LPS lies a high-end, precision-made phono preamp ready to reveal layers of musical detail and dynamics hidden within your favorite vinyl recordings.

If you're plugging your turntable directly into the phono input of an amp or receiver, you may be missing out on a lot of sound. That's because many manufacturers use low-cost, low-performance circuitry that sounds flat and lifeless. The V-LPS solves that problem. It boosts and equalizes the tiny voltages coming from your 'table's phono cartridge to deliver a robust, line-level signal infused with rich, multi-layered sound. You'll experience the solid "thwack" of a timpani as the mallet strikes home, and thrill to the shimmering reverberation of strings and cymbals as they echo off the concert hall walls. Your music will come to life with new levels of energy.


The V-Series difference

Like all of its V-Series siblings, Musical Fidelity chose to put all the money on the the V-LPS's insides — where it really counts — instead of spending big bucks on a fancy-looking exterior. That means you get the premium-quality performance of a component many times its cost for a bargain price.

The V-LPS features virtually ruler-flat response, extremely low distortion, and very low noise. Plus, its inputs are compatible with either moving magnet or moving coil cartridges, to ensure easy plug'n'play hookup with virtually any turntable and cartridge combination.

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  • compatible with moving magnet and moving coil phono cartridges
  • external power supply for reduced noise and interference
  • RCA input and output jacks
  • ground connection for turntable
  • input impedance: 47k ohms (MM), 100 ohms (MC)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: >80dB (MM), >70dB (MC)
  • total harmonic distortion: 0.01%
  • RIAA response accuracy:± 0.25dB
  • 3-3/4"W x 1-5/8"H x 6-11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Phono preamplifier
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • Instructions

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Overview: The Musical Fidelity V-LPS Phono Preamplifier is designed for moving coil or moving magnet cartridges. Connected to any turntable, the V-LPS greatly improves musical accuracy and performance.

kW Series Phono Stage Circuitry: The built-in kW Series phono stage circuitry offers exemplary RIAA equalization, extremely low noise, very low distortion, and excellent overload margin.

Phono Input (MC/MM): The Musical Fidelity V-LPS phono preamplifier is equipped with a gold-plated MC (moving coil) and MM (moving magnet) stereo RCA input to connect a variety of turntables. Its also equipped with a grounding terminal.

Note: There is a push-button control (Input Select) which lets you switch between the unit's MC or MM phono input.

Analog Output: The Musical Fidelity V-LPS phono preamplifier is equipped with a rear-panel, gold-plated, stereo RCA output for connecting the device to your home stereo receiver.

Blue Power LED: There is a Blue Power LED on the rear-panel of the phono preamplifier to indicate the unit is powered on and ready for use.

Power Requirements: The Musical Fidelity V-LPS phono preamplifier operates off of standard household current (120V AC, 60Hz) using the supplied AC power adapter (12V DC, 500mA). The external power adapter is separate from the V-LPS to further improve sound quality.

Note: This product has been designed so that it may be left on indefinitely.


Input Impedance:

  • MM: 47k Ohm
  • MC: 100 Ohm

Input Sensitivity: (for 300 mV out)

  • MM: 3.5 mV
  • MC: 450 uV

Total harmonic Distortion: (@1 kHz, 300 mV out)

  • MM: 0.01%
  • MC: 0.01%

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: ("A" weighted)

  • MM: >80 dB
  • MC: >70 dB

Input Overload Margin:

  • MM: 15 dB
  • MC: 22 dB

RIAA Response: +/- 10.25 dB

Power Requirements: 12V DC, 500mA

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Written By JD, USA on Saturday, August 27, 2011
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I purchased this product to connect my turntable to an integrated amp and it sounds great. I was previously using the internal phono preamp of the turntable and there is a big difference in performance with this preamp. Because I have not used other phono preamps before, I cannot comment on relative differences but from experience I would have to say this is far better than the sound you will get from the phono stages on most receivers.
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