"Most Wanted Component" Award Winner - The Stereo Times Magazine
"Powerful and Yet Utterly Composed"
Brilliance of concept and design is inherent in Clearaudio's ultra-compact Smart Phono preamplifier. The beautifully crafted, solid aluminum chassis hides a wealth of exceptional features such as the latest advanced surface mount-device technology, compatibility with both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges, and linearity from 20 Hz to 20 kHz.
And there's no power switch on the Smart Phono. Leave it plugged in, and it knows when to switch on from standby mode. This is what makes it smart.
"With the Smart Phono connected, the music was powerful and yet utterly composed," notes Channa Vithana in England's Hi-fi World magazine. "[It] works to a high standard and did so without a fuss even in a high-end Origin/Live Linn Origin LP source system."
"Many Years of Happy Listening"
The Smart Phono won a "Most Wanted Component" listing in The Stereo Times magazine for 2006. "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," observes Dave Thomas.
It's a smart value, too. In fact, you'll have trouble finding a better, more versatile phono stage for the money than the Smart Phono.