Already being hailed as one of the very best phonostages ever, the PS.30R is taking the world by storm. Where the MC REF V uses what the design team call a 'buried discrete' differential input stage to achieve it's ultra low noise 1.2nV sqHz input stage noise level, the PS.30R uses an ultra low noise bipolar 'matched' input stage to achieve it's vanishingly low 1.0nV sqHz input stage noise level. This means that even using an MC cartridge like the Audionote Kondo IO-J with it's ultra low output level of just 0.15mV, is no problem for the PS.30R. At 72dB you'll have all the gain you need with absolutely no noise.
The 'hybrid' passive/active RIAA filter has been lifted directly from the MC REF V and used for it's accuracy and, more importantly, it's transparency. The output stage in the PS.30R was developed for the MC REF V and is used in it's fullest glory in the PS.30R to bring unprecedented levels of detail from the lowest harmonics to the highest levels of the frequency band. And because the output stage is totally discrete in design with an output impedance of only 50ohms at 1Khz driving a 600ohm load, it has no problem in driving long lengths of interconnects even if they are of relatively high capacitance!
The PS.30R also sports a true balanced output which is a first for a phonostage at this price point! If you run either a fully balanced audio system or broadcast studio you won’t be left in the dark. And finally, you get all the quality you expect from a Reference Whest Audio product at a non-Reference price!
Whest PS.30 R MM/MC Phonostage Specifcations:
RIAA curve accuracy: 18Hz - 22Khz +/- 0.2dB
Frequency response: 5Hz - 65Khz -10dB /- 1.0dB
Working band: 15Hz - 85Khz
MM Gain: 40dB
MC Gain: 50dB - 72dB internally adjustable 6 steps.