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Clear Audio - Smart V2 Phono MM/MC phono stage

Clear Audio - Smart V2 Phono MM/MC phono stage
Clear Audio - Smart V2 Phono MM/MC phono stage Clear Audio - Smart V2 Phono MM/MC phono stage

Smart V2 minimalist aluminium housing that contains one of the best sounding electronics in its market. Up to 54 decibels gain at one kilohertz and an extremely linear frequency response deliver unprecedented quality at this price point. For MM and MC cartridges there are two separate circuit designs using SMD technology, which are selected by a slide switch on the underside.

The Smart Phono Headphone V2 additionally contains a powerful headphone amplifier within the solid aluminium housing for private listening at the highest fidelity.

The Smart V2 phono preamplifier offers both moving magnet and moving coil capabilities, with enough gain to drive the lowest output cartridges. It is a very simple unit to operate with provision for both moving magnet and moving coil functionality.

The Smart V2 features variable gain and load and a subsonic filter.  The electronics in the signal path of the Smart V2 have been upgraded from the Smart to offer increased clarity, definition, and retrieval of fine detail.

The layout of the circuitry is optimised for high channel separation, complementing Clearaudio phono cartridges.   The Smart V2 is a high performer at a reasonable price.

What HiFi - 4stars award; 
The Clearaudio Emotion turntable has been a favourite of ours for, oh, ages now – but many prospective buyers' own amplifiers don't have the gumption to boost a record player's feeble signal without assistance. Enter the Smart phono. Small, shiny and switchable from moving magnet to moving coil turntable designs, the Clearaudio summons up an expansive, natural sound.        Music is well separated and speedy, with real verve at the low end. 
Summary - Compact and Stylish, Expansive and Natural sound, Enthusiastic, Vigorous and Open.

Stereo Times - conclusion:
"The combination of the BMi-ACE L and the Clearaudio Smart Phono have breathed new life into my system, into my enjoyment of reviewing equipment, and especially into my love of music and at a wonderfully sane price . If you’re considering reviving your analog rig and want to do it in an economically sensible way, you simply can’t go wrong with these two wonderfully matched products. I can’t thank Garth enough for helping me get my groove back:.

The Smart V2 phono is supplied with a high quality external power supply to further enhance performance,  Beautifully machined casework with first-rate connectors and of course that lucid, extremely linear Clearaudio sound, A switch beneath the case allows for easy selection of moving-magnet or moving-coil settings.

The Smart V2 Phono is a diminutive external phono stage that appears to be comprised of a small phono card that has been inserted into a hollowed out chunk of silver brushed aluminum. Attached to the phono card are two set of gold-plated RCA connectors, a ground connection, and an umbilical cord that connects to an external power supply. There is no on-off switch so once plugged in the Smart V2 Phono stays powered. A cobalt blue LED on the faceplate also indicates that the unit is ready. Moving magnet and moving coil cartridge operation are selected via a pair of push switches that are recessed into the bottom of the unit. With the switches in the up position you can use moving magnet cartridges. For moving coils, simply push the switches in. Ironically, the last thing you need to be to use this phono stage is … smart.

What Hi-Fi review: 4/5 Stars:
 "Music is well separated and speedy, with real verve at the low end." 

Stereo Times - conclusion
"The combination of the BMi-ACE L and the Clearaudio Smart Phono have breathed new life into my system, into my enjoyment of reviewing equipment, and especially into my love of music and at a wonderfully sane price . If you’re considering reviving your analog rig and want to do it in an economically sensible way, you simply can’t go wrong with these two wonderfully matched products. I can’t thank Garth enough for helping me get my groove back:.

Editors Choice! Most Wanted Components Award, Stereo Times 2006

Clearaudio Smart Phono . The great thing about the advances in analog music reproduction is that you can gain an astonishing level of performance for very little money. The Clearaudio Smart Phono is a classic example. It's built in a solid silver brushed aluminum chassis and offers the flexibility of MC and MM cartridge use and is dead quiet in operation. Partnered with the likes of the Benz Micro Ace cartridge it can provide the analog lover with even a beer-budget analog rig many years of happy listening [Dave Thomas].

The Basic phonostage offers both MM and MC capabilities, with enough gain to drive the lowest output cartridges. It is a very simple unit to operate with a single button switching between MM and MC functionality. Another nice feature is it dedicated power transformer, which resides outside the actual phonostage to keep the audio circuit as quiet as possible. The Basic is available in both Black and Silver finish.

The layout of the circuitry is optimised for high channel separation, complementing Clearaudio phono cartridges. All of our phono preamplifiers use the Clearaudio non-magnetic MPC RCA jacks.

$825.00

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Tech Specs

AMPLIFICATION @ 1 KHZ
54 - 68 dB (MC mode)
34 - 48 dB (MM mode)
INPUT IMPEDANCE
MC mode - 50ohm, 100ohm, 500ohm, 1Kohm, 5Kohm / 150pF, 250pF, 400pF
MM mode - 47Kohm / 150pF, 250pF, 400 pF
MM / MC INPUT switchable (at bottom)
SUBSONIC FILTER switchable (at bottom)
RIAA delay time: 75 μs / 318 μs / 3180 μs
RIAA ACCURACY ± 0.3 dB @ 10 Hz - 100 kHz
THD < 0,004% MC ("A" weighted @ 1 kHz / -1 dB @ Max)
HEADROOM 18 dB / MC (Gain Control on MAX)
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO 72 dB / MC ("A" Weighted) - 85 dB / MM ("A" Weighted)
CHANNEL SEPARATION > 90 dB @ 1 kHz / opposed channel hot-wired
MAX. OUTPUT VOLTAGE 10 V eff. (1 kHz)
POWER SUPPLY ± 18 V DC / 300 mA (external power supply)
OUTPUT CONNECTIONS unbalanced (RCA)
POWER CONSUMPTION
Max. consumption: 2.7 Watt 
Consumption in operation: 2.7 Watt
Off mode: 0.0 Watt
TOTAL WEIGHT Approx. 600 gram (Preamp and power supply)
DIMENSIONS (W/D/H in mm) 123 x 93 x 40
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