On the back of its huge success with MM preamplifiers, Soundsmith has now launched a high-end preamplifier designed specifically for MC cartridges. The American manufacturer originally designed the MCP-2 to bring out the best in its low output MI cartridges, such as the Sussuro and Paua. However, its high quality means that it is also compatible with all low output moving coils (MC) and moving iron (MI) cartridges. It has a highly sensitive input that can handle all cartridges with an output level between 0.1 and 0.8 millivolts. Its load resistance can be adjusted between 10 and 15,000 Ohms using a potentiometer.
You have the black anodised aluminium housing, which is relatively basic. Its design and the icon on the front make it look like a lab device… You either love it or loathe it! No Power On LED indicator. It has the bare essentials, namely a pair of RCA sockets to connect the turntable and a pair of RCA for the amplifier. There is also a large ground plug and female socket for the outboard power supply. Guitarists will recognise the Marshall potentiometer on the top of the unit! The power supply is 24V and DC, with low consumption (300 milliamps) Only the highest quality components have been used to ensure that the signal is carried with as much precision as possible.
We couldn't resist trying out this preamp with the Ortofon Cadenza Black, Dynavector DV XX2 and Soundsmith Paua cartridges. We naturally recommend leaving this MCP-2 on for at least 24 hours prior to use. Franck
Input load: 10 Ohms to 5 KOhms
Input capacitance: 330 pF
Gain: 63 dB
Power supply: outboard 24v