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REVIEW: Musical Surroundings Phenomena Nova Phono Preamp

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Model: Phenomena Nova
Category: Phono Preamp
Suggested Retail Price: $1000.00
Description: battery powered preamp
Manufacturer URL: Musical Surroundings

Review by jd29631@bellsouth.net on January 10, 2010 at 14:01:23
IP Address: 74.248.242.75
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I've had the Nova for about 10 months. I use it with very good ancilaries and it's as good as the rest of the system. Highly reviewed and recommended in TAS. So neutral it may be mistaken for cool or reserved. Not so=it's just neutral and gives what the cartridge sends it without adding anything or subtracting anything. 256 loading options and many gain options up to 60 db. Dead quiet. Reproduces the lowest level details clearly and cleanly so gives more "there" there. Used with a Dynavector 17D 3 cartridge at 60 db gain. Gain and loading easily changed.


Product Weakness: Big light on the front-red when charged, blinking red when charging and green when operating in battery mode.
Product Strengths: Neutral, neutral, neutral. Quiet, clear and astonishingly detailed w/o being "in your face".


Associated Equipment for this Review:

Amplifier: Marsh Sound Design A 400
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): C-J CT 5
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Nottingham 294 w.294 arm
Speakers: Dunlavy SC IVs
Cables/Interconnects: Hero and Harmonic Tech Silway II
Music Used (Genre/Selections): jazz, classical, rock
Room Size (LxWxH): 18 x 16 x 7'8"
Room Comments/Treatments: none
Time Period/Length of Audition: 10 months
Other (Power Conditioner etc.): Shunyata and Monster 3500
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner




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