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Edwards Audio TT1

      
Edwards Audio is a stylish range of unrivalled high performance products . Don't let their size deceive you as each has been designed to set new standards in this area and can compete with many fully grown' products out there.
If reviews are anything to go by they have achieved their goal - The MC1 received glowing comments and a coverted Hi-Fi News Outstanding Product award representing the best there is for the money.
The range is split into separate series, according to levels of price and performance.


The 1 Series

 


 

MM1 Phono Stage

Edwards Audio MM1 Phono Stage
 

  • The Edwards Audio MM1 is an entry level moving magnet (MM) or high output moving coil (HOMC) RIAA phono stage.
    It is unique at the price, with its' fully RoHs compliant gold plated custom made double sided PCB's ,natural anodised extruded aluminium case and high quality internal parts like 1% thin metal film melf resistors and Wima and Vishay polypropylene film capacitors throughout.
    The RIAA. Equilisation accuracy is within 0.5dB across the audio band and signal to noise is very low at -70dB un-weighted -80dB A-weighted.
    The circuit topology has a totally buffered output section with a very low output impedance to reduce cable effects and improve output drive.
    Attention to detail also extends to the custom made plug top power supply which is unique at this price level for its use of a split rail design using + and - DC power outputs for maximum rejection of RF noise, maximum dynamic range and overload margin. It also uses a gold plated custom made PCB with high quality diodes and snubber caps. This is no normal 'off the shelf' wallwart PSU as used by the competition.
    Traditional illuminated metal etched badges and opal white front and rear panels as standard. This is the best built and most aesthetic phono stage in it's class but it doesn't stop there it also delivers in the sound department as well, with expansive and detailed sound staging, normally associated with more expensive phono stages. It is also upgradable through the use of a dedicated PSU1 Power Supply.

 


 

MC1 Phono Stage

 

Edwards MC1

  • The Edwards Audio MC1 is the entry level moving coil and moving magnet RIAA phono stage.
    It is unique at the price, with its' fully RoHs compliant gold plated custom made double sided PCB's, natural anodised extruded aluminium case and high quality internal parts like it's use of 1% thin film resistors Vishay resistors plus Wima and Vishay capacitors throughout.
    The RIAA. Equalisation accuracy is within 0.5dB across the audio band and signal to noise is low at -65dB.
    Our psuedo balanced discrete input technology gives you the option to optimise grounding to reduce the possibility of Hum/noise.
    The circuit topology has a fully discrete input transconductance gain stage followed by our unique op-amp based active/passive RIAA filter which is followed by a totally buffered output section with a very low output impedance.
    This helps to reduce cable effects and improve output current and drive. It will easily drive a 600 Ohm load!!
    Attention to detail also extends to the custom made plug top power supply, which with its use of a split rail design benefits from using + and - DC power outputs for better rejection of RF noise. It also uses a gold plated custom made PCB with high quality diodes and optimised snubber caps. This is no normal 'off the shelf' walwart PSU as used by the competition.....
    Not just a pretty face, it also delivers in the sound department as well, with expansive and detailed sound staging, drive and dynamics that are normally associated with more expensive phono stages. It can be further upgraded through the use of the dedicated PSU1 outboard Power supply .

 

PSU1 Power Supply

 

PSU1 Power Supply

  • The Edwards Audio PSU1 Power Supply is designed to be used as a simple 'plug in' upgrade to the performance of the MM1 and MC1 and other future products.
    It is unique at the price, with its' fully RoHs compliant gold plated custom made double sided PCB's, natural anodised extruded aluminium case and high quality internal parts.
    It features the use of 1% thin film SMT Mini melf resistors plus low impedance electrolytic capacitors throughout.
    The design features split rail topology with our advanced regulated design techniques to reduce all forms of noise whilst maintaining a fast transient capability. It is based around a custom wound 30VA toroidal transformer.
    To enable it to be used with its partnering components in a wide variety of differing systems with their sometimes strange earthing arrangements it has the additional facility of being able to switch the ground between fully grounded or lifted. This makes it very flexible by optimising the system to have it's lowest possible hum related noise.
    When upgrading from the plug top PSU supplied with the MM1 or MC1 it is a simple matter of plug and play using the supplied leads.
    The improvement in sound quality is both immediate, obvious and dramatic giving much more authority, smoothness and openness to the sound.

 

TT1 Turntable

 

TT1 Turntable

  • The Edwards Audio TT1 Turntable created directly as a result of the popularity of our Phono stages and comes with the Rega RB251.

    It features a smart LDF plinth on to which are mounted the 230V AC motor, a RB251 arm and a precision made brass bearing housing. The inner platter runs on a polished steel ball bearing which is run in a specially produced light synthetic machine oil designed for Formula 1 applications. This is all topped off with a 12 mm custom made Acrylic platter and 3 rubber isolation feet, designed to compliment the mass of the turntable.

    The TT1 has been designed to offer a great value/performance ratio and we believe makes an ideal 'first' turntable for enthusiasts who are either just starting out or returning to vinyl after dabbling in the digital world. It has several upgrade options, like a ruby bearing option and in development there is a regenerative power supply which improves performance further.

 

What The Press Says:

 

  • In the July 2009 issue of Hi-Fi News the MC1 was awarded the Outstanding Product award for representing the pinnacle of sound at the price.

    "I compared the MC1 directly with a highly regarded Graham Slee Gram Amp 3 'Fanfare' MC phono stage priced just 17 less. Within just a few bars of music I was bowled over by the MCI, it being immediately apparent that it was a 'class act'." "The MC1 Phono stage from Edwards Audio looks like becoming something of a reference"

    Hifi Choice recommended the TT1 in the February 2011 issue and said:

    " At it's price it is a tough proposition to beat"


    Hi-Fi World in their Jan 2010 issue said of the MC1 and PSU1 combo:

    "This Edwards Audio pair seemed to combine the sense of timing of the A.N.T Kora, with the definition of the Trichord Diablo, with NC, PSU" both of which are more than double the price, high praise indeed.

     

      


The 2 Series


The 2 Series substantially improves on the performance established by the highly acclaimed 1 series and also features a new distinctive style.

 


 

MC2 Phono Stage

Edwards Audio MC2 Phono Stage
 

  • The Edwards Audio MC2is essentially an improved version of the MC1 with additional gain in both MM and MC modes. This allows for operation with passive pre-amplifiers or active pre-amplifiers with unity gain. It has improved internally regulated supplies for each separate section and an improved transconductance front end stage to improve bass slam, stereo imaging and transparency whilst reducing noise. There is an optional 7Hz warp filter which is internally selectable via jumpers. As with the MC1 it will support low output moving coil, high output moving coil and moving magnet type cartridges. It also has improved gold plated input and output sockets mounted on an 1.2mm anodised rear panel. We believe that there is nothing to touch this incredible phono stage on the market, for build, value or most importantly, sound quality.

    It is unique at the price, with its' fully RoHs compliant gold plated custom made double sided PCB's , black anodised extruded aluminium case and high quality internal parts like it's use of 1% thin film resistors from Wishy and signal capacitors from Wima and Vishay. The signal to noise is very low at -72dB giving below vinyl noise performance. Our psuedo balanced discrete input technology gives you the option to optimise grounding to reduce the possibility of Hum/noise. The MC circuit topology is based on a fully discrete input transconductance gain stage followed by our unique op-amp based active (for the Bass) and passive (for the treble) RIAA filter which is then followed by a totally buffered output section with a very low output impedance of around 10 Ohms. This helps to reduce cable effects and improve output current and drive. It will easily drive a 600 Ohm load!!

    Attention to detail also extends to the dedicated custom made outboard power supply which is supplied as part of the package, with its use of a split rail design benefits from using + and - DC power outputs for maximum rejection of RF noise, maximum dynamic range and improved overload margin. It also uses a gold plated custom made PCB with high quality rectifiers and snubber caps. This is no normal 'off the shelf' PSU as used by the competition.....

    Not just content with state of the art performance it also has a new pretty face with blue LED and white logo.

 


 

PSU2 Power Supply

 

Edwards Audio  PSU2 Power Supply

  • The Edwards Audio PSU2 is designed to be used as a simple upgrade to the performance of our MC2 or HA2 and other future products. It is unique at the price, with its' fully RoHs compliant gold plated custom made double sided PCB's, natural anodised extruded aluminium case and high quality internal parts including 1% thin film SMT Mini melf resistors plus low impedance electrolytic capacitors throughout.

    The design features split rail topology with multiple stages of regulation using our advanced design techniques to reduce all forms of noise. Power is supplied via a custom wound low noise 100VA toroidal transformer

    To enable it to be used with its partnering components in a wide variety of differing systems with their sometimes strange earthing arrangements it has the additional facility of being able to switch the ground between fully grounded or lifted. This makes it very flexible by optimising the system to have it's lowest possible hum related noise.

    When upgrading from the plug top PSU supplied with the MC2 it is a simple matter of plug and play using the supplied lead. The improvement in sound quality is both immediate, obvious and dramatic giving much more authority, smoothness and openness to the sound.

    Not just content with state of the art performance it also has a new pretty face with blue logo and legends.

     

 

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