Era Gold V phono stage + Elevator EXP head amp by Graham Slee

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Era Gold V + Elevator EXP Phono Stage

 

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Graham Slee Era Gold V + Elevator EXP Phono Stage

 

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Graham Slee Era Gold V + Elevator EXP phono stage

"Bongo Instruments" - photography by Alexia (Italy)

  • Fast Video Amps

  • Wide Bandwidth

  • High Slew Rate

  • Low Memory RIAA EQ

  • Reduced Surface Noise

  • High Current Drive

  • No Cartridge Magnetization

  • Cutting Head Compensation

  • 7 resistive loading options

  • Convenient front panel switches

  • Allows MC upgrade without having to buy a completely new phono stage

  • Low noise

  • Low distortion

  • No flywheel effect

  • Phase faithful

This award-winning combination, with a total gain of 65.5 db, is for use with low output MC cartridges.

 

True reference high-end phono stage set despite their small sizes.  A reference of both reviewers and consumers alike, and includes us as well.

 

Listen and compare to the "best" out there. 

 

Why two boxes ?  The answer in its most simple form is that the less stress the MM phono stage section gets, it can then be realistically expected to deliver a good musical performance.

 

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More information on each individual unit can be found below.

Graham Slee Era Gold V

Elevator EXP

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Era Gold Specifications / Technology:

Design & Technology

Valve (tube) without the tubes; 2] video; 3] line-driver; and 4] computational logic design - resulting in breathtaking speed and very low dynamic distortion

 

Because of this, we've pulled-off (what the Hi-Fi industry considers) the impossible, doing the amplification and necessary EQ in one single operation. The Era Gold V is so fast that additional capacitive input loading just isn't necessary - it can keep up with the fastest and most extended cartridge frequency responses without inducing toothache.

 

Wide-Bandwidth.  To render the phase of a high note accurately requires a bandwidth ten times the highest audible frequency - to keep the harmonics in step and the whole performance sounding real. Bandwidth limiting by other brands always means there's a filter present - intended or not - and the steeper the filter, the higher the filter ripple. Ripple blurs and narrows the image - not so the Era Gold V.

 

Our infra bass stabilization techniques stop the signal feeding back through the power rails, delivering it to your ears instead, and results in stability at the bass end

 

 Through our use of the best audio coupling capacitors the World has to offer, there is no DC at all across the pick-up cartridge, and therefore no chance of magnetization.

 

Absolutely no frequency bending tricks are used. RIAA accuracy is within 0.5dB bottom to top.

Burn-In Time

A period of approximately 3-4 weeks is required for the circuit to "break-in", after which it is advisable to leave the product on. After disconnection from the power they will require a further few days break-in period to return to full performance.

 

BURN-IN TIME is the period the circuit requires to be left powered-on from new for the entire circuit to stabilize. Until then performance will not be as advertised.

Phono Connectors Heavy Gold Plated
Gain 41.5 db
Input Sensitivity 2mv to 9mv
Input Impedance 47k and 100pF
Output  240mV - 1.08V
Headroom 26dB ref 2mV input
Output Noise "A" wtd. -77 db
Distortion less than 0.02%
Frequency Response 5Hz to 2.7 MHz
Reproduction Curve RIAA with 50kHz EQ
Power Supply

PSU1-24 power supply

 

The power supply circuits do not employ switch-mode or DC-DC conversion. The RF produced by such devices gets into the signal path and modulates the signal, producing a set of pseudo frequencies that sing along with the music. This may make a stage sound rich, luscious and zingy, but it's not music.

Casing

Unique construction aluminium extrusion base and top; 3.2mm thick front and rear panels; Satin silver anodised aluminium finish

Size (approx) 170 x 117 x 50 (mm)

Elevator EXP Specifications / Technology :

Design & Technology

The complete lack of flywheel effect or hysterisis of transformers and correct cartridge matching, combine with the fast low noise video bandwidth of the EXP to provide an award winning performance.

 

Transformless, wide-bandwidth

Burn-In Time

A period of approximately 3-4 weeks is required for the circuit to "break-in", after which it is advisable to leave the product on. After disconnection from the power they will require a further few days break-in period to return to full performance.

 

BURN-IN TIME is the period the circuit requires to be left powered-on from new for the entire circuit to stabilize. Until then performance will not be as advertised.

Phono Connectors Heavy Gold Plated
Gain 24 db
Amplifiers

video amplifiers that provide the bandwidth required

Input Referred Noise

-130dB rms - like a studio mcrophone amp - i.e. hiss will be below the noise of a clean record

Distortion

less than 0.01% (almost near non-existent (including the test oscillator's 0.003% distortion)

Cartridge Loading

External.  Available via two front panel gold plated contact switches.

 

23, 30, 100, 840, 1000, 5100, 47kHz

Power Supply

PSU1-24 power supply

 

The power supply circuits do not employ switch-mode or DC-DC conversion. The RF produced by such devices gets into the signal path and modulates the signal, producing a set of pseudo frequencies that sing along with the music. This may make a stage sound rich, luscious and zingy, but it's not music.

 

DC coupling is used throughout each Elevator step-up transformer-less head amplifier. The zero volt rail is internally generated providing an absolutely clean ground. This allows the use of a single sided supply, and a simple 24 volt battery supply can therefore be substituted by the user for extremely critical listening.

Components

Components used in the Elevator are to the highest professional standards, including FR4 epoxy resin single and double sided plated through hole printed circuit boards, C&K gold plated contact switches, Analogue Devices semiconductors, tantalum capacitors, Elna audio grade capacitors, Wima low inductance high speed polypropylene and silver/mica capacitors. Connections are by heavy gold plated, Teflon insulated deluxe phono jacks, and an additional arm earth is provided for convenience.

Casing

Unique construction aluminium extrusion base and top; 3.2mm thick front and rear panels; Satin silver anodised aluminium finish

Size (approx) 170 x 117 x 50 (mm)
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