Cambridge CP2 MM/MC phono stage

CA 18 PS CP2
NZ$ 365.00 ea (incl. GST)
Cambridge Audio

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Make the most of any turntable, including the most high-end audiophile models with this Moving Magnet & Moving Coil phono preamplifier.

DESIGNED FOR PURITY
There's something uniquely pleasurable about listening to vinyl, something that digital media can't reproduce in quite the same way. However most hi-fi amplifiers won't let you plug in a turntable directly. You need to connect via a phono stage (also known as a phono preamp) to make the very small signal from the turntable powerful enough for your main amp to work with. But it's very easy to add noise at this stage, which is why we've designed the CP2 using premium components chosen for exceptional accuracy, amplifying the signal without distorting it.

COMPATIBLE WITH ANY TURNTABLE
The CP2 works with all turntables, whichever type of cartridge they use. Like the CP1 it works with popular Moving Magnet cartridges. But it also works with Moving Coil cartridges found in the highest-end audiophile turntables offering even more accuracy and detail than Moving Magnet. Even if your amplifier does have a built-in phono stage, it's well worth bypassing it using the CP2 to deliver much greater depth and detail.

ADVANCED AMPLIFICATION
Audio circuitry has been refined with multiple transistors wired in parallel ensuring the lowest possible distortion and noise. A copper shield provides further protection to this extremely sensitive part of the circuitry, limiting the noise that can be injected into the signal. This is especially important with a Moving Coil cartridge because its signal is even quieter and more delicate than Moving Magnet, so it needs even more amplification.

PREMIUM COMPONENTS
High-spec multi-parallel capacitors achieve exceptional RIAA accuracy - the industry standard for reproducing vinyl recordings. A highly accurate, subsonic filter also removes the common problem of unwanted low-frequencies that are inaudible but can damage subwoofers.

Features

Specifications

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Features

Phono pre-amplifier with moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) input stagesBalance control for fine correction of cartridge imbalance

Discrete transistors for the all-important input stages instead of the more common integrated circuitsSingle-ended ‘Class A’ gain stage with audiophile passive RIAA equalisation

Multi-parallel capacitors to achieve exceptional RIAA accuracy of only 0.3dB up to 50kHzSelectable subsonic filter to eliminate very low frequency ‘rumble’, caused by vinyl imperfections

Available in brushed black and silver finishes

Specifications

Moving Magnet                                                       Moving Coil 
 
Gain @ 1kHz:  39dB                                                  55dBB 
Nominal output:  300mV                                           300mV 
Sensitivity for nominal output:  3.35mV                   3.35mV 
THD 20Hz-20kHz:  <0.009%                                  <0.009% 
RIAA curve accuracyZ:  <+/-0.3dB  
20Hz-50kHz (subsonic filter off):  <+/-0.3dB       20Hz-50kHz 
Signal to noise ratio using Audio 
Precision RIAA-1 with grounded inputs:  86dB     >72dB 
Input impedance:  47k Ohm                                      100 Ohm 
Input capacitance:  220pF                                         220pF 
Overload margin:  >30dB                                         >30dB 
Crosstalk @ 20kHz:  >83dB                                    >69dB 
Max power consumption:  5W                                    5W
Dimensions:  46H x 215W x 133D mm
Weight:  0.9kg

Testimonials

Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.
Hi Terry,
All set up and going. Your advice is much appreciated. I am amazed at what it sounds like.
The new Ayon Scorpio tube amp in Triode mode is best and it's like sitting in front of the band with a sound scape all around you. I can hear sounds on the new Clearaudio Concept turntable with my old LP's I have never heard before.

I used to have a Bose 5 speaker system and this new system blows it away  - just on the warmth, depth and feel of the music. 

 
Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.
 
Peter