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ZYX Artisan (red) phono stage in like new shape with perfect functionality. This is the slightly newer Artisan with 60 db gain in MC mode. The sound is open, fast, coherent and natural. ZYX makes their own custom resistors for the Artisan and the unit runs off of battery power. An aluminum flight case is used to store the Artisan for shipping and then inside of the original box. Retailed for $5500 and tough to beat at my asking price. 100% Japanese artisan quality high fidelity. Check the Soundstage! review.
From the review : I took to this phono stage from the start." "There it was -- that rich rounded tonality, that vibrating column of air that came only from a wood-bodied clarinet." The Artisan "[leaned] toward tonal richness and weight, but it was neither lush nor overly warm," and it "openly conveyed venue reflections and fingers sliding on cello strings." "Its combination of tonal rightness and high resolution made for lots of late-night record-playing enjoyment." "A component highly dexterous at unraveling musical complexity."
Information and specs:
In order to playback the sound information of an MC cartridge in 100% fidelity, Artisan has a simple but special amplification circuit. Normally each electric part has its own time domain,and it gives unbalanced sound as the result. So, ZYX had to correct these each time domain to the perfect one through our own circuit. For example, we never use all resistors and capacitors with normal way. (patent pending)
Electrically Skeleton Wooden Box A metallic shielded box makes the sound signals disturbed by some eddy currents occurred on the shielding surfaces.The Artisan has no metallic surface around the circuitry. It enables you to listen to the effect in the fastest response in the sound of MC cartridge.
Technical Data Input Impedance 125Ω/MC, 47kΩ/MM Gain 60dB/MC, 35dB/MM (1kHz) Signal-to-Noise ratio 95dB THD <0.1%(1kHz) Frequency Response 2Hz - 500kHz±1dB (liner) RIAA character ±0.2dB (20Hz~20kHz) Output impedance 600Ω Channel Balance 600Ω Channel Separation ＞100dB (1kHz) Input 2×RCA (MC, MM) Output 1×RCA Power consumption 1.2W Battery 9 pcs of KR-1100AAu(1.2V 1100mAh) AC Adapter Input: 100~240V 50/60Hz 0.3A Output: DC 12V 1A Dimensions(W×H×D) 154×66×192mm Net Weight 675gm Finish Red, Black, Clear
Artisan, power cord, aluminum flight case, manual and original box.