Great Sounding, Affordable MM Phono Stage
Analog is alive and well, and we offer as tangible proof the 551P moving magnet phono stage from Cambridge Audio. It extends the functionality of Cambridge Audio's critically acclaimed Azur stereo integrated amplifiers and AV receivers. But it will bring out the best in any quality integrated amp or receiver while making your vinyl recordings really come alive.
A new chassis distinguishes the 551P from Cambridge Audio's critically acclaimed 540P moving magnet phono stage. Inside, the 551P distinguishes itself by employing WIMA capacitors that are well known among audiophiles for their superior sound quality.
Listening to familiar tracks will instantly reveal voices with a greater sense of clarity with more subtleties. Highs are as detailed as they were before, but with a lightness of touch and elegance reminiscent of far more expensive phono stages.
Discrete Transistor Design
The 551P is a high quality Moving Magnet design featuring single-ended 'Class A' gain stages and discrete transistors for the all-important input stages instead of the more common integrated circuits. This gives less crosstalk and interference across the signal path. The 551P employs an audiophile passive RIAA equalization system for best sound quality.
Acoustically damped full metal chassis with thick brushed aluminum front panel contributes to the performance and visual appeal. An external power supply comes standard.
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Ive used mine for 3 years and it has disappointed me with not having enough gain. Ive used a very good line amp, but that shouldnt be necessary. It says 39 db gain, but my Vincent pho-8 is 40 db, but it is much louder in the amp. I finally retired it for a Schiit Mani which has gains up to 59 db and better musicality. I wish I could write a better review, but this model leaves me wanting.
|- Audiolad L, GA|
|After all its Cambridge Audio....|
Just because it comes with a Wall Wart doesnt mean that this thing doesnt perform. Cambridge Audio 551P has one, but it isnt a conventional Wall Wart. The transformer is on the outlet, but its an AC to AC transformer, with the rest of the rectification and filtering is done within the unit. I compliment this pre with a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon. This TT had a 60 cycle hum that was hard to get rid of, and with this phono stage. It appears that this unit has rid me of the ground loop and AC ripple problems that come with certain TTs. I would suggest that if you are looking for a pre amp, make this the selection of choice, or get one with its own power supply.
|- MICHAEL MORR, IN|