"Archiver" Phono (discontinued)
The Archiver offers the ultimate in flexibility for a phonostage. The super-quiet solid-state design
uses matched discrete JFETs (no opamps) in a fully balanced and differential configuration. This
professional unit combines the best features of studio electronics with hi-end audiophile sensibilities.
The Archiver was designed to be your last phonostage, offering dual inputs (one specifically for mono),
adjustable loading and gain (works with any cartridge), variable equalization for older recordings, a phase
switch, balanced outputs, and 16-bit analog-to-digital conversion with a convenient USB output.
Although the main purpose of this unit is for archiving LPs to computer at CD quality, it's high-end
heritage makes it perfect for just listening. The zero-feedback gain stages and passive equalization offer
superb distortion-free sonics. Incredibly, all of these features are implemented with a mere 12 matched
JFET transistors per channel.
For recording, we recommend using Audacity software,
available in both Windows and Mac versions. Information for various equalization settings can be found
- Discrete JFET zero-feedback circuit design
- Two inputs
- Adjustable loading
- Adjustable gain
- Variable, passive equalization
- Selectable phase
- Low impedance XLR balanced outputs
- Built-in 16-bit digitizer for direct recording to USB
- Plug-n-Play with both PC and Mac
- Professional rackmount chassis.
|Gain||45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 dB|
|Input Impedance||50, 100, 220, 500, 1k, 47k|
|Output Impedance||300 ohms|
|RIAA Response||+/-0.5dB from 25Hz to 25kHz|
|Turnover||150, 200, 300, 400, 500, 700 Hz|
|Cut||0, 5, 10.5, 12, 13.7, 16 dB|
|Bandwidth (-3dB)||15Hz to 350kHz|
|Distortion||0.05% @1kHz @1V|
|SNR||66dB ref 0.5mV A-weighted @100 ohm|
|Digitizer||16-bit, 44.1kHz or 48kHz|
|Size||2.6" x 19"|
- I think you're about to hit it out of the park with this one. Dunno what you're projecting as a price, but
it's very, very promising. It carries the pacing and gets good insight into performers' technique and their
nuance very nicely.
- I tried your Archiver out with my new high output MC cartridge yesterday. It was sounding really good -
easily on a par with (if not better) the low output MC stage on my Supratek pre (which I think uses jfets).
I have a new mono 78 rpm cartridge that I'm going to be trying out soon and am looking forward to experimenting
with the eq curves.