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"Golden Ear Award" Winner - The Absolute Sound Magazine
"My New Affordable Reference"
Built in California, the Nova Phonomena is a battery powered phono stage which won The Absolute Sound magazine's "Golden Ear Award."
"This Nova remains, without apology or serious qualification, my new (affordable) reference - and very satisfyingly so," reports Paul Seydor in The Absolute Sound June / July 2007, Issue 172.
Discrete, Dual Mono Circuitry
Based on the discrete, dual mono circuit developed by designer Michael Yee for the SuperNova, the Nova has rear panel accessible switches for gain and loading. It features two rechargeable internal NiMH dual mono battery packs with Smart Sensing auto recharge feature. All AC and charging circuits automatically disconnect when listening in battery mode. The Nova features a cool proximity detection switch on the front panel with status LEDs for changing mode.
The Nova Phonomena is a complete phonograph preamplifier with RIAA equalization that amplifies the output signal of a phono cartridge, either moving coil or moving magnet, up to a nominal line level. It may be used with a receiver or an integrated amplifier. If you use separate components, a line level control unit (preamp) is required before the power amp, since there is no independent volume control for the Nova Phonomena. The Nova's power supply is internal and connnects to the wall with the supplied wall mount transformer.