VINYL enthusiasts with deep pockets will be glad to learn that Switzerland’s Nagra Audio finally has a replacement for its long-running VPS phono preamp – the Classic Phono and will be available from September.
The Classic has the goodies – new-generation, proprietary input transformers (based on the core of the HD preamp); a full tube in Class A design (four triodes in all); two inputs (MC/MM with transformers, MM sans transformer); adjustable and customisable cartridge loading; selectable RIAA, Teldec and Columbia curves; ability to accommodate mono cartridges in true mono mode; stereo/mono selector on the front panel; and adjustable 38-64 dB gain.
The new built-in silent power supply can also be upgraded with Nagra’s Classic PSU, which is derived from the HD generation power supplies.
For the MC input, the gain options are 54/64dB, and for the MM input, 38/48dB. All the four vacuum tubes – two E88CC/6922, one ECC81/B739 and one ECC83/B759 – are selected by Nagra.
According to the Nagra literature, “the first notes strike with density and extension… the Classic Phono impresses immediately with its sheer quality… the very linear phase response is clearly audible with a very faithful stereo and 3D image… the timbre of the instruments is very impressive… after a few minutes of critical listening, you simply want to rediscover your music collection and enjoy it!”
If you’re tempted by what Nagra believes the Classic Phono can do for your vinyl enjoyment… the price for this analogue gem is a mere US$19,750.