Phono preamplifier for moving magnet cartridges
Our take on the Cambridge Solo by Crutchfield's Eric Angevine
The Cambridge Solo uses clever design — inside and out — to keep noise out of your listening experience.
Hear your records as they're meant to sound
The Cambridge Solo phono preamp looks good and makes your records sound amazing. Inside the beautiful silver chassis are circuit boards with surface-mounted components, and a state-of-the-art switch mode power supply. You can't see the components, but more importantly, you can't hear them. The Solo amplifies the tiny signal from a moving magnet cartridge without adding distortion or noise, so you hear only the beautiful music your records contain.
Another small, thoughtful detail: the inputs and outputs on the back of the preamp are labeled so they can be read right-side-up or upside-down. Anyone who's ever had to make connections to a component that's already in place will appreciate that little nuance. There's also a balance knob on the back of the unit so you can fine-tune left/right channel output.
- compatible with moving magnet phono cartridges
- rear balance control knob for fine correction of left- and right-channel cartridge output
- acoustically damped full-metal chassis with thick aluminum front panel
- efficient switch mode power supply reduces audible hum
- circuit board layout uses surface-mount components to reduce noise
- gain: 39dB
- signal-to-noise ratio: greater than 90dB
- THD: less than 0.0025% (20-20,000Hz)
- RIAA response accuracy: ±0.65dB (30-20,000 Hz)
Dimensions and Warranty:
- 6-15/16"W x 1-15/16"H x 5-1/4"D
- weight: 1.5 lbs.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- MM phono pre-amplifier
- 58" AC power cord
- Important Safety Instructions
A great step upward for my Music Hall USB-1 turntable. (Dynamics & Resolution) Feeds Placette Audio pre-amp, Ayre VX-5 Twenty power amp & B&W 805 D3 speakers.
Richard, Highland, IN
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Phono (MM) Preamplifier: Enjoy every last detail from your vinyl collection with Cambridge Audio's high-quality moving magnet phono stage, the Solo Phono Preamplifier. Cambridge Audio designed the Solo around exceptional components that deliver the warm and detailed sound that's synonymous with vinyl, all without distorting the signal from your moving magnet cartridge.
Note: Due to the low-level signals created by a turntable, not all integrated amplifiers and receivers will let you connect directly to a record player. A phono preamplifier, like the Cambridge Audio Solo, boosts this signal to something an integrated amplifier or receiver can work with.
Moving Magnet (MM) Compatible: The Cambridge Audio Solo phono pre-amplifier features a moving magnet (MM) input stage; which describes the commonly used type of cartridge (sometimes referred to as a "needle" or "stylus") configuration typically supplied with many turntables.
Note: The Cambridge Audio Solo is not compatible moving coil (MC) cartridges.
Carefully Selected Components: To preserve the unique warmth of the vinyl sound, the Solo phono preamplifier has been carefully designed with a state-of-the-art switch mode power supply and a new surface mounted circuit board layout to reduce unwanted noise. The switch mode power supply improves performance by switching outside of audible frequency to drastically reduce hum, while the new circuit board layout uses surface-mount components to reduce noise.
Subsonic Filter & Balance Control: If some records in your collection are a little worse for wear, the subsonic filter will help to eliminate low frequency rumbles that can be caused by imperfections within your vinyl. Combine this with the balance control for handling potential cartridge imbalances in your record player (that can cause a difference between the left and right channels) and the result is a detailed experience with accurate soundstage.
RCA Input/Output: The Cambridge Audio Solo is outfitted with a set of stereo RCA inputs to connect your moving magnet (MM) cartridge turntable. The Solo is also outfitted with a set of stereo RCA outputs to connect the pre-amplifier to the line-level inputs on your home receiver or integrated amplifier.
Note: Do not connect the Solo to a "Phono Input" on a receiver or integrated amplifier.
Turntable Ground: If your turntable has a separate grounding lead then connect it to the Solo's ground terminal. This provides shielding to the arm and the sensitive circuitry in the turntable.
Detachable AC Power Cord: The Cambridge Audio Solo comes with a 58" detachable AC power which plugs into the back of the phono preamplifier and a AC power outlet or surge protector (sold separately).
- Max Power Consumption: 10 watts
- Standby Consumption: <0.5 watts
- Mains Inlet Voltage: 100-240V AC
Auto Power Down: The Cambridge Audio Solo has an Auto Power Down function. The phono preamplifier will automatically switch to standby mode after inactivity of 20 minutes.
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Specifications and price [ Ken Jul 22, 2018 ]
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