CLEARAUDIO BALANCE V2 PHONO STAGE
“Equal thumbs up for a track by Rickie Lee Jones…Without question, my favorite system of the evening..” - Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile USA
The Balance V2 phono stage elevates phono performance to a new level with its 2 chassis design and balanced audio operation. It is more than just a great phono stage as it can directly connected to your power amplifier and be used as a high quality headphone amplifier.
The sleek casing is crafted from precision-milled aluminum, which is available with a silver or black anodized finish to match your Clearaudio turntable. In addition to the usual RCA connections, the Balance V2 features balanced XLR inputs/outputs and a 6.3 plug headphone output. All inputs and outputs are gold-plated for superior signal transmission.
Balanced operation gives you the most music by lowering the noise floor and allows you to run extra-long balanced cables from your Balance v2 to XLR inputs on your integrated amp, line stage, or power amplifier. Use the manual volume control for headphone listening or as a system controller. You can choose between mute and automatic mode by a front panel button. Cartridge loading is pre-set for our top MM and MC cartridges with a simple switch that allows you to choose between moving magnet and moving coil mode.
High precision RIAA equalization achieves an accuracy of within 0.1 dB, while an optional subsonic filter attenuates any unwanted low frequency noise. A separate power supply housed in its own aluminum casing isolates the high gain audio circuitry.
|Mode||MM/MC (Subsonic filter switchable)|
|Amplification @ 1khz||+46 dB (MM mode) +66 dB (MC mode)|
|Input impedance||47 kOhm / 270 pF (MM mode) - 500 Ohm / 270 pF (MC mode)|
|MM / MC input||switchable (on bottom panel)|
|RIAA||75 μs / 318 μs / 3180 μs, 2 passive filter|
|RIAA accuracy||± 0.1 dB|
|THD||< 0.001% (IEC A)|
|Signal to noise ratio||-78 db (MM mode) -69 dB (MC mode)|
|Channel separation||> 92 dB (@ 1 kHz)|
|Max output voltage||>12 V (@ 1 kHz)|
|Subsonic filter||20 Hz (–6 dB / Oct.; switchable on bottom panel, on each channel)|
|Power consumption||Max. consumption: 6.6 watts - Standby mode: <0.3 watts - Off mode: 0.0 watts|
|Operation voltage||± 18 V DC (+21V DC external power supply; 1.4m cable length)|
|Output connections||Unbalanced (RCA) Balanced (XLR) Headphone output (Jack 6.3mm)|
|Total weight||Approx. 2.3 kg (Preamp) Approx. 1.4 kg (power supply)|
|Dimensions||Preamp: 9.44 × 5.71 (6.22 with RCA) × 2.44 Power Supply: 9.44 × 5.71 × 2.44|