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Rega Fono MC 2017 Phono Preamp FonoMC17

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This phono pre-amp allows you to take the low-level phono signal from a turntable to a hi-fi system which requires a stronger line-level signal.

The new MK3 Fono MM supersedes the multi award winning MK2 model which won WHAT HI-FI? Best Phono stage in its price category 2014, 2015 & 2016.

Rega Fono MC Pre Amp
The Fono MC is an exceptionally high quality MC phono stage designed to maximise the potential of any MC cartridge.

Although specifically to compliment the latest Rega range of  moving coils you will find full adjustability for loading is available via dip switches conveniently placed on the rear panel with two different gain settings located on the back panel making the Fono MC compatible with most low output MC cartridges.

- Suits Moving Coil cartridges
- Discrete input stage
- High-quality components
- Sleek, aesthetically pleasing look
- Incredibly easy to use

The Fono MC has been designed to be effective, easy to use, and above all, to reproduce music. The Fono MC uses the Linear Systems low noise LSK389 FET in an all discrete input stage where low noise and linearity are vitally important to get the best from an MC cartridge. Because of the high input impedance of FET, the loading effects of the amplifier circuit are minuscule and do not affect the performance of the cartridge.

Quality Circuitry
A MUSE operational amplifier is used in the RIAA equalization amplifier. Polypropylene capacitors have been used in the signal path and in the RIAA equalization circuits. There is selectable input loading for both resistance and capacitance along with two different gain settings located on the back panel making the Fono MC compatible with most low output MC cartridges.

Form & Function
The aesthetic design of the Fono MC was as important as the quality of its electrical capabilities, so it benefits from the same aluminium case as the Rega TTPSU and Fono MM amplifier, giving it a design which offers a familiar feel and moreover brings it in line with its illustrious bigger brothers. The new Fono MC circuit resulted from the design work carried out on the Aria phono amplifier.

Why do I need a preamp?
A phono pre-amplifier is designed to boost the signal from a turntable or record player before the signal is passed to your Hi-Fi amplifier or receiver. Typically the signal output from a turntable or record player is quite weak, and it's required to be boosted before it hits the main amplifier of your stereo or hi-fi unit.

On the Flip-Side...
Some hi-fi amplifiers or receivers have a dedicated "phono" input and some modern turntables have a "line" level output - this simply means they have a phono preamp built in and an external one is not necessary. However if your system or player doesn't have this feature built in, or if you want to use a high-end one, you'll need a separate preamp (like this one).

More Information
RRP 549.00

The Fono disk stage is designed to amplify the signal from a moving coil cartridge to a level which can feed into a 200mV line level input on a standard hi-fi amplifier.


Output impedance: 200Ω
Recommended minimum output load resistance: 5K
Frequency response (50KΩ output load): 13Hz (-3dB) to 100KHz (-0.3dB)
RIAA accuracy (50KΩ output load): Better than +/-0.2dB 100Hz to 100KHz
Power requirements: 24V AC at 150mA maximum. Only to be used with Rega PS1.

Input sensitivity (for 200mV output)
4 off: 133uV
4 on: 67uV

Input loading resistance
1 and 2 off: 400Ω
1 on: 100Ω
2 on: 150Ω
1 and 2 on: 70Ω

Input loading capacitance
3 off: 1000pF
3 on: 4300pF
Gain (at 1KHz)
4 off: 63.5dB
4 on: 69.5dB

Maximum input level (at 1KHz)
4 off: 6.7mV
4 on: 3.4mV

Load settings for adjustable MC stages

Impedance: 100ohm
Capacitance: 1000pF
Gain setting: High ('On' position for Rega phono stages)

Fono MC dip switches settings (factory set at Rega for Rega MC models).

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