Audio Note (UK) AN-S4 (MC Cartridge) Step-Up Transformer
For those on an unending quest to experience the most profound musical depths and finest sound nuances, the Audio Note (UK) AN-S4 (MC Cartridge) Step-Up Transformer emerges as a perfect example of audio purity. It acts as a bridge between the complex world of low-output MC cartridges and the more conventional MM phono preamplifiers.
At its heart, the AN-S4 is designed to amplify and match the unique requirements of MC cartridges without introducing noise or distortion into the signal path. Rather than rely on an active amplifier stage, which can potentially interfere with the purity of the audio signal, the AN-S4 utilises a transformer-based approach. Such a method ensures that the essence of the music remains untouched, preserved in its raw beauty.
One might inquire about the elemental make-up that allows the AN-S4 to achieve such finesse. Central to its design is the 0.1 mm laminated mumetal core. This is no ordinary magnetic material. Mumetal is renowned for its exceptional permeability, making it pivotal in enhancing the transformer’s prowess. One of the primary challenges with transformer designs is magnetic flux leakage. However, with the use of mumetal, such issues are effectively mitigated, ensuring a distortion-free listening experience.
To further accentuate its performance, the transformers within the AN-S4 boast windings of 99.99% pure Silver wire. For the connoisseurs of sound, the significance of Silver, especially in high-end audio circuits, is undebatable. Renowned for its superior conductivity, Silver ensures that the audio signal retains its clarity and intricate details. In marrying the meticulous choice of core material with the purest Silver wire, the AN-S4 promises an unparalleled delivery of sound, characterized by low distortion and impeccable clarity.
Understanding that the world of MC Cartridges is diverse, they’ve ensured that the AN-S4 is adept at catering to varying needs. Whether your cartridge is of low, low-medium, medium, or high impedance, the AN-S4 has a dedicated version designed meticulously for it. This careful calibration ensures that the impedance matching is always optimal, guaranteeing the most harmonious sound reproduction.
The principal task of the AN-S4 is no small feat: to elevate the low current output signal of the MC Cartridge into a signal that’s primed for amplification, all the while maintaining its innate quality. Through its design and the materials used, the AN-S4 accomplishes this with astounding precision, ensuring that the listener is treated to an immersive audio experience.
The Audio Note (UK) AN-S4 (MC Cartridge) Step-Up Transformer is not just a product; it’s a testament to Audio Note (UK)’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of audio perfection. We invite those who value uncompromised sound quality to consider the AN-S4 as an integral part of their audio setup.
For further insights or to experience the AN-S4 firsthand, please feel welcome to reach out to us at Soundlux Audio. We’d be delighted to address your queries or schedule an intimate audition for you. Your journey to auditory excellence awaits.
-AN-S4/L – 3 Ohm input impedance
-AN-S4/LM – 4 Ohm input impedance
-AN-S4/M – 16 Ohm input impedance
-AN-S4/H – 64 Ohm input impedance
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: 47K Ohm
CHANNEL BALANCE: +/-0.3dB
INTERNAL WIRING: 99.99% pure Silver
AVAILABLE FINISHES: Fascia – Anodised Aluminium or Black Acrylic
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