To go with its turntables (but not only), MoFi had to develop a phono preamplifier. Meet the MoFi StudioPhono phono preamplifier!
MoFi StudioPhono : Chassis
As always, the US firm has a knack for finding the right partner! For the design of this phono preamplifier, as well as for the MoFi UltraPhono, it has called on a famous player in the Hi-Fi industry, Tim Deparavicini, who is none other that the founder and designer of EAR Yoshino's electronic products!
The Mofi StudioPhono phono preamp has an unusual flat and long design!
Its modest size (10 x 17 x 3.2 cm) will easily fit anywhere. The top has two push buttons.
The build quality is great, even better than other products in this price range.
MoFi StudioPhono : Running and connection
The one on the right controls the subsonic filter. It cuts the response in the sub-bass frequency and reduces any unwanted movement of the speaker's diaphragm in some layouts. Playback is more precise and cleaner in the bottom of the spectrum.
The second button activates a real mono mode! It works great with monophonic records and is unfortunately too rare with phono preamps, and even fully exclusive for a product of this range!
The back panel has an RCA input and output pair, a ground plug and a 3-pin DIN connector for the external power supply.
MoFi StudioPhono : Settings
The underside has a DIP switch to select the gain (40, 46, 60 or 66dB) and resistive load (75 ohms, 100 ohms, 500 ohms 1 kohms, 10 kohms and 47 kohms ).
MoFi StudioPhono : Listening and test review
Reproduction is amazing, even baffling! For this price, few phono stages have such presence and dynamics!
The level of details is amazing, and all the instruments come to life perfectly, even on complex pieces. Naturally, it is dependent on the quality of the phono cartridge andvinyl turntable.
I have to admit that the StudioPhono most convinced me with MC models. The gain is good and, above all, it is silent enough to be seamless and leave all the qualities of the moving coil cartridges to be expressed. It has the subtleness and realism that is typical of this technology.
If we consider its capabilities, adjustments, versatility, mono function and price, the MoFi StudioPhono phono preamp is definitely the best deal to date!
We highly recommended it! Franck
Compatibility: MM and MC
Mode: Mono and Stereo
Subsonic filter: < 20 Hz
Resistive loads: 75 ohms, 100 ohms, 500 ohms 1 kohm, 10 kohms and 47 kohms
MM/MC gains: 40, 46, 60, 66 dB
Distortion: MM 0.01, MC 0.012%
RIAA equalization: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Input: 1 RCA pair
Output: 1 RCA pair
Power supply: separate
Dimensions: 10 x 17 x 3.2 cm