As music lovers across the land return to the tactile virtues of vinyl, the demand for high-quality turntables has increased. This has raised the need for high-performance phono stages to make the most of the wonderfully natural and engaging sound of which vinyl records are capable. Key features
• Driven by iFi’s Class A TubeState engine and Direct Drive Servoless design
• Wide range of settings – gain, load and EQ curves – to precisely suit the
connected phono cartridge and the record being played
• Ultra-low distortion and class-leading dynamic range
• Super-low noise floor – one of the ‘quietest’ phono stages at any price, lets
you hear every detail
Unlike a typical phono stage, the iPhono3 Black Label’s circuit is direct-coupled –
that is to say, there is no coupling capacitor from cartridge to output. This is
achieved without a conventional DC servo; iFi calls this design Direct Drive
Servoless, incorporating a proprietary DC Infinity circuit to boosts DC gain to a level
In the world of high-end audio, some folk advocate solid-state signal amplification
while others swear by the sound of valves (or ‘tubes’ for those from the other side of
the pond). Both have their inherent advantages – among them, solid-state circuits
typically offer lower distortion and high durability, while valves deliver fluid, grainCable connections are at opposite ends of the slim line chassis – MM/MC inputs at one end, power in and audio out at the other.
free sound with natural tonality.