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For Best Performance from Hi-End Audiophile Turntables
Make the most of any turntable, including the most high-end audiophile models, with Cambridge Audio's CP2 moving magnet and moving coil phono preamplifier.
There's something uniquely pleasurable about listening to vinyl, something that digital media can't reproduce in quite the same way. Unfortunately, most hi-fi amplifiers won't let you plug in a turntable directly. You need to connect via a phono stage (also known as a phono preamplifier) to make the very small signal from the turntable powerful enough for your main amp to work with. But it's very easy to add noise at this stage, which is why Cambridge Audio designed the CP2 using premium components chosen for exceptional accuracy, amplifying the signal without distorting it.
Single-ended 'Class-A' Gain Stage
The CP2 has a single-ended 'Class A' gain stage with audiophile passive RIAA equalization. Multi-parallel capacitors achieve exceptional RIAA accuracy of only 0.3dB up to 50kHz. Discrete transistors for the all-important input stages instead of the more common integrated circuits lowers the noise floor and enhances the signal purity. A balance control allows fine correction of cartridge imbalance. A selectable subsonic filter to eliminate very low frequency 'rumble', caused by vinyl imperfections
Acoustically damped full metal chassis with thick brushed aluminum front panel helps protect the sensitive electronics from room vibration and looks great, too. Choose black or silver finish.
Compatible With Any Turntable
The CP2 works with all turntables, whichever type of cartridge they use. Like the CP1 it works with popular moving magnet cartridges. But it also works with moving coil cartridges found in the highest-end audiophile turntables offering even more accuracy and detail than moving magnet. Even if your amplifier does have a built-in phono stage, it's well worth bypassing it using the CP2 to deliver much greater depth and detail.
Audio circuitry has been refined with multiple transistors wired in parallel, ensuring the lowest possible distortion and noise. A copper shield provides further protection to this extremely sensitive part of the circuitry, limiting the noise that can be injected into the signal. This is especially important with a moving coil cartridge, because its signal is even quieter and more delicate than Moving Magnet, so it needs even more amplification.
Do I Really Need A Separate Phono Preamplifier?
Some amplifiers and receivers are already able to support turntable connections. But these built-in phono preamplifiers are massively outperformed by the CP2, and any serious vinyl lover will immediately hear the benefits. Connected using a single audio interconnect cable, the CP2 sets up in seconds, allowing you to appreciate stunning clarity, musicality, and resolution from your vinyl collection.