Aurorasound VIDA phono preamp

RIAA phono preamplifier with separate power supply

VIDA = MM and MC version

VI-6 = MM and MC version with MC loading adjustment

MC2 = Version with 2 MC inputs

XLRI = VI-6 version, Symmetrical output

XLRO = VI-6 version, Symmetrical input and output

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Manufacturer : AURORASOUND

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The Aurorasound VIDA (for Vinyl Disc Amplifier) is already up there with the legendary phono preamplifiers! And contrary to what its appearance might suggest, there is nothing vintage about it! Like many benchmark analogue products, it comes from Japan.

It features two separate housings. The first one is a brushed aluminium block that accommodates the power supply. It stabilises and controls the left and right channels separately, both in voltage and current. A toroidal transformer and Shottky diodes are used. It is connected to the electronic section via a high quality locking multiple connector cable.

The RIAA section is housed in an aluminium box protected from electromagnetic interference and covered with a glossy varnished wooden box. It adds a vintage touch to the design. I personally like this choice! It makes it a distinctive product that stands out from the usually too standard competition. The front panel is very comprehensive for a 'simple' phono preamplifier: to the right, an orange push button mutes the output of the audio circuits. There are also five switching keys that respectively control: moving magnet or moving coil selection, high and low MC impedance, subwoofer filter, mono/stereo and activation of a demagnetising circuit.

The rear panel features three beautiful Rhodium RCA pairs: an MM input, an MC input and an output. The VI6 version is adorned with an additional 6-way MC variable impedance selector. It offers the choice between 12, 47, 120, 240, 470 and 1000 ohms. The standard version accepts MCs between 0.6 and 100 ohms. The internal circuits are of great quality and feature components of the same grade. We have Wima capacitors, Op Low noise amps, precision resistors and selected and paired transistors…

The most original feature is the use of two Lundhall transformers per channel. They process the RIAA curve with precision via the use of an LCR network. Also, no capacitor is used on the audio signal. Distortion and signal-to-noise ratio readings are outstanding. They match with - and sometimes exceed - the characteristics of devices worth 3 or 4 times the price of the Aurorasound Vida

AWARDS:

Stereo Times - Most Wanted - 2014 & 2016
Stereo Sound - Best buy - 2012, 2013 & 2014/2015
Audio Accessory - Audio Excellence - 2013 & 2015
Audio Technology MJ - Technology of the Year - 2012 & 2014
Analog - Grand Prix - 2013
Hi-Fi News - Highly Commended - 2013
Hi-Fi News - Editors' Choice
Audio Annual
HiFi Critic - Recommended
Qobuzissime
Haute-Fidélité - Benchmark

Franck

Compatibility: MM and MC

MM gain: 39 dB

MC gain: 64 dB

MM impedance: 47 kOhms

MC impedance: 12, 47, 120, 240, 410, 1000 ohms

MC low impedance: 0.6 to 10 ohms

MC high impedance: 10, 100,

MM signal-to-noise-ratio: 80 dB

MC signal-to-noise ratio: 76.3 dB

Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz

RIAA correction: 10-20,000 Hz +/- 0.25 dB

Distortion: 0.025%

Vida dimensions: 26 x 10 x 30 cm

Vida weight: 3 kg

Power supply dimensions: 11.5 x 20 x 7 cm

Power supply weight: 1.4 kg

Power supply: 18 V/50 Hz

Consumption: Max 60 W

Banc d'essai

0.75 Mo - pdf

Banc d'essai - Stereo

0.39 Mo - pdf

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3.81 Mo - pdf

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3.81 Mo - x-download

Banc d'essai - Stereo Times

0.38 Mo - pdf

Awards

Awards

Hi-Fi News

Highly Commended - 2013

Haute-Fidélité - Référence

Référence

HIFI Critic

Recommended

Stereo Sound

Best Buy - 2012, 2013 & 2014/2015

Stereo Times

Most Wanted - 2014 & 2016

Hi-Fi News

Editors' Choice

Qobuz

Qobuzissime

Audio Accessory

Audio Excellence - 2013 & 2015

Analog

Grand Prix - 2013

Audio Technology MJ

Technology of the year - 2012 & 2014

Audio Annual

Customer reviews
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Customer reviews

5/5
12/02/2016

Une bombe

J'ai eu la possibilité d'écouter ce préampli phono exceptionnel sur mon système qui est entièrement symétrique ...et je m'estimais assez heureux de mon précédent préampli phono ... Hé bien...le résultat m'a totalement scotché ..
La dynamique est incroyable et la lisibilité.. les timbres..la scène sonore..tout est parfait.
L'appareil est entré dans mon système pour ne plus en ressortir.
Certes c'est un budget mais devant un tel résultat on peut penser que c'est un achat pour très longtemps.

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Aurorasound VIDA phono preamp

Aurorasound VIDA phono preamp

RIAA phono preamplifier with separate power supply

VIDA = MM and MC version

VI-6 = MM and MC version with MC loading adjustment

MC2 = Version with 2 MC inputs

XLRI = VI-6 version, Symmetrical output

XLRO = VI-6 version, Symmetrical input and output

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