Linear Power Supply For Clearaudio Turntables
# 12V DC Linear PSU
# Silver or Black
# Award Winning Design
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MCRU and Longdog Audio have sold 100’s of our specially developed fully regulated linear power supplies. They provide a constant output voltage to replace the switch mode power supply bundled with most electronics. Cheap and noisy the SMPS does nothing for sound quality and can actually be detrimental to your hifi system sound quality, proven by customer feedback.
MCRU have now turned our attention to the humble turntable and offer a regulated linear powe supply for the Clearaudio range of turntables that are powered by a smps. We have tested these extensively and the regulated design does indeed improve the sound. We have 2 designs on offer, the entry level design which is easily better than the stock supplied power supply and our higher specification power supply which uses kimber kable and oyaide gold plated dc plug and comes fitted with a furutech iec inlet and AMR gold plated fuse.
Both power supplys are based on our award winning two case design details behind the design are below, if you want the best possible performance from your turntable these power supplies are a must. If your turntable is powered by a wall wart power brick pictured below we can supply our regulated design instead.
The power supplies are made to suit your country, 100V, 120V, 230V and come supplied with a power cord as standard with the appropriate plug on UK, EU, USA, AUS etc. Also available for the Clearaudio Concept MM and Concept MC.
The rational behind our linear power supplies…………………………
When thinking of regulation, it’s worth remembering the Roman god Janus. Who was the god of gateways, and was a two faced god looking in both directions. Likewise a good voltage regulator is required to look in both directions at once. From one direction you have the mains supply, with the ever increasing noise, distortion and random variation that exists on our household mains supply. In the other direction you have the device you are supplying power to. The load will be asking constantly varying current, and the job of the regulator will be to ignore the varying load and to supply a rock steady voltage that ignores the changing load.
To ask a single regulator to perform both tasks means that it can not do either as well as it could. We don’t ask our regulators to be two faced, we split the two functions into two separate regulators and put them both where they can do the best job.
The first regulator is close to the mains supply, its job is to take the incoming mains and convert it into a low(ish) noise DC supply, and to isolate the mess that is our household power lines from what follows. In most power supplies on the market, the output of the first stage would be directly connected to the load device, and that would certainly be an improvement over the supplies that most manufactures provide. But we can do better by adding the other face of Janus to the system.
The second regulator is supplied with a clean low noise supply, and its job is to handle the changing demands of the load. To do that, it needs to be as close to the load as possible. So we remove the second regulator from the main box, and place it close to the load, both electrically and physically, that removes it from the noise and interference of the mains supply, and allows it to spend its time looking towards the load. Typical commercial voltage regulator chips are general purpose devices, but are not quiet enough for the task on hand, so the second regulator uses a bespoke regulator based on a low noise multi stage filtered voltage reference, a low noise error amplifier and a high current low resistance mosfet. To allow it to handle the changing load it also needs to supply current on demand, so all the remaining space in the second regulator is filled with low impedance capacitors to act as a local energy source.
Using the two stages of regulator, we achieve a noise floor equal or better than most battery supplies, and a effective source resistance of the order of 0.02 ohm (and the short cable run to the load avoids increasing this valve by adding copper where its not needed, and the use of a discrete regulator design allows that tiny value to be maintained way above frequency any audio device operates at.
MAINS CABLE R US CLEARAUDIO CONCEPT PSU REVIEW
I shall get to the point immediately. The Mains Cable R Us Clearaudio Concept PSU is an absolute must buy. Owners of the turntable should not hesitate, the PSU is an outright bargain.
Now for some supporting arguments. Firstly, apart from my Clearaudio Concept MC turntable, I own a VPI Superscoutmaster Rim Drive with a Continuum Audio Cobra arm and a Well Tempered Amadeus, incidentally with an after market PSU. Not surprisingly, the Clearaudio cannot do the things that the 2 other tables can accomplish. Nevertheless, it is something of a giant killer and it has been justly lauded.
I had always thought that the Clearaudio could do more and I had a nagging suspicion that the standard wall wart style PSU was a significant impediment to what it might be able to achieve.
The audio press is full of rave reviews and endless numbers of superlatives wear thin. So when something comes along that is actually fantastic, our verbal armaments are somewhat depleted.
I did expect the Mains Cable R US PSU to result in sonic improvements but to be honest a modest increment would have satisfied me. After all, the unit is not expensive. However, I was a little startled at how good the thing was. The sound became mellifluous and detailed, lovely analogue, no more mechanical edge. The sound stage expanded in all directions, imaging became more holographic, there was far greater transparency, there was much more musical authority and coherence. Much greater harmonic complexity emerged. The layering of musical lines was far better resolved. I listened to large scale orchestral works, chamber music and jazz.
The Clearaudio Concept Turntable is transformed by this PSU. It is a combination that is embarrassingly good. Something to recommend to friends.
Dr John Daniels MBBS(Syd) FACRRM | JUNE 2014
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