Neutral, Honest, and Great Sounding
Digital file playback is convenient, and the music and can sound very good indeed. But records retain an immense and growing appeal for music fans, That's because a vinyl playback system not only gives you the benefits of analog sound, but it also provides access to scads of music on LPs that will never make it into the digital realm.
The M1-LPS is a competitively priced high quality MM/MC phono stage. In terms of performance, it has much in common with the ecstatically well-received M1 ViNL phono stage. However, it does not have the M1 ViNL's sophisticated input resistance and impedance switching.
Although the M1-LPS is competitively priced, it comfortably delivers all that could be expected from a high quality phono stage. Simply put it is capable of delivering a precisely corrected, low distortion, low noise output to any amplifier.
The RIAA/IC equalization is ±0.2dB 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The M1-LPS far exceeds that spec. Unusually, the M1-LPS equalization continues up to at least 100 kHz. This ensures that there is no ringing or overshoot on dynamic high frequency signals.
Low Noise, Low Distortion
RIAA accuracy is nothing unless it is accompanied by low distortion and low noise, and the Music Fidelity excels in these areas. Distortion is a very low 0.01% and the signal-to-noise ratio is better than 90 dBA. Furthermore, the overload margin is an outstanding 31dB, ensuring that this baby never clips or limits.
The M1-LPS also has excellent load driving ability. It will comfortably drive any conceivable combination of cable and amplifier.
Certain to Excite
The sound quality is excellent. The M1-LPS does a great job at 'not being there,' which is what you want from a piece of audiophile gear. It has no audible distortion, no noise to blur or obscure important musical details, and, in practice, is almost impossible to overload. If you are looking for a neutral, honest representation of your vinyl discs, then the M1-LPS is certain to excite you.