MUSICAL SURROUNDINGS NOVA II PHONO PREAMP - SILVER
"The Nova II retains all its forebears' virtues with considerably improved dynamic range, robustness, and perceived life and vitality. [Michael] Yee's designs are always very quiet and extremely transparent, and this latest one is exceptionally so, ranking up there with some of the most expensive phonostages I've ever heard. I cannot recommend it enthusiastically enough!"
- Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound
The new NOVA II phono preamp raises the standard and scale of the Nova Phonomena, a multi-award recipient and The Absolute Sound Editors' Choice Award in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. It offers outstanding grace, poise, low noise, and neutrality. For optimization of sound quality, the Nova II includes extensive options for fine-tuning the loading and gain of both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges.
Built in California, the Musical Surroundings Nova II is a battery powered phono stage with incredible flexibility and performance. Based on the new discrete, dual mono circuit innovatively developed by designer Michael Yee, the NovaII phono preamp has rear panel accessible switches for gain and loading. It features state-of-the-art rechargeable internal NiMH battery technology to allow large energy storage and short recharge period. All AC and charging circuits automatically disconnect when listening in battery mode. A three-way button on the front panel is used to switch between power supply states with status LEDs for changing mode.
The Musical Surroundings Nova II is a complete phonograph preamplifier with RIAA equalization that amplifies the output signal of a phono cartridge, either moving coil or moving magnet, up to a nominal "line level". The Nova II may be used with a receiver or an integrated amplifier. If you use separate components, a line level control unit (preamp) is required before the power amp, since there is no independent volume control for the Nova Phonomena. The Nova's power supply is internal and connnects to the wall with the supplied wall mount transformer.
Nova II Phono Preamp Specifications
- Gain switches: 40, 44, 46, 48, 50, 51.5, 52.7, 53.7, 56, 57.5, 58.4, 59.4, 60dB
- Input loading switches: 200 pF/300 pF, 30, 40, 50, 59, 80, 100, 121, 150, 243, 280, 380, 475, 660, 1k, 2k, 50k, 100k ohms discrete, dual mono circuitry
- Dimensions: 10"w x 10.5"d x 2.5"h
- Weight: 5 lbs.
- Power supply adapter: 24 V, 100 - 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 0.3 A
- Warranty: 3 years
"What do you say about a product which you've already given a Golden Ear award when it is improved and it's price is dropped? ...this Nova remains, without apology or serious qualification, my new (affordable) reference - and very satisfyingly so."
- Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2007, Issue 172
Recipient of Audiophilia Star Component Award