Era Gold V phono stage by Graham Slee

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Graham Slee Era Gold MKV

Graham Slee Era Gold V Phono Stage

 

Retail Price: SGD 1300

 

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Stereophile April 2004

Recommended Component - Class A $$$

as reviewed by Michael Fremer

 

- The cheapest phono stage under Stereophile Class A !!

 

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  • Fast Video Amps

  • Wide Bandwidth

  • High Slew Rate

  • Low Memory RIAA EQ

  • Reduced Surface Noise

  • High Current Drive

  • No Cartridge Magnetization

  • Cutting Head Compensation

The Era Gold V is our "plain Jane baby" that confounds the "Pomp(ous) and (never mind the) circumstance" brigade of the Hi-Fi industry. It's the one our dealers stock by choice rather than being forced to under contract (in fact that applies to our whole range). It's the one that'll always sound the best to the straight guy or gal - it needs no sensory assistance (substances) to be enjoyed (...that stuff makes anything lie). It needs no assistance from technical dope either - plug it straight into the wall - use coax for interconnects. The Era Gold V - it'll take 3-4 weeks to put your vinyl hearing right.

The Era Gold V looks simple inside because we found a chip that outperforms anything discrete. The chip has only one problem - some of them don't meet our stringent quality control (every piece is individually tested). So why do we use it? We scoured the planet for a replacement but nothing else makes the grade.

If anyone set out to copy us they'd: 1] have to sit down and solder them up themselves; 2] take a much slimmer margin; 3] Individually test each and every one; 4] have to buy calibrated broadcast specification test gear; 5] track down and import thousands of high grade audio capacitors so as not to loose the ephemeral signal; 6] copy also our PSU1 and jump through the hoops of the IEC and CSA (Canadian equivalent of USA Underwriters Laboratories) to get it approved; and 7] give up all hopes of becoming a millionaire!


Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you ...

 

The ERA GOLD V."

- Graham Slee

High-performance High-end Phono Stage Without the Astronomical Price.

The MKV version of this phono stage has improved lower midrange performance giving extra richness and tonal cohesiveness. It also has much greater treble control. Overall, it lacks the grain and spit which so often spoils the pleasure of listening to vinyl. It's a question of balance and Graham Slee has listened to its customers and critics to bring you the best in vinyl listening.

The Era Gold MkV phono preamp stage is designed for moving magnet (MM) and high output moving coil (MC) phono cartridges.

Like so many of its valve counterparts, the solid state Era Gold phono stage caters for moving magnet and high output moving coil only. Because of this specialization the performance limitations of the typical universal phono stage have been avoided, leading to a far more natural and engaging sound.

Use with Elevator EXP Head Amplifier for low output MC.

The full specification Era Gold MkV phono stage includes the PSU1-24 power module.

200-240 volt and 100-120 volt models are available.

Notes:

  • These products require a break-in period of approximately 3 weeks to reach best performance.

  • They are also designed to be left powered up.

  • After disconnection from the power, they will require a further few days break-in period to return to full performance.

 

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Era Gold V Specifications:

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)
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Graham Slee Era Gold V : Technology

 

Suitable for moving magnet and high output moving coil cartridges. By inserting the Elevator EXP Head Amplifier between turntable and Era Gold V low output moving coil cartridges can sound great too.

The Era Gold V uses: 1] valve (tube); 2] video; 3] line-driver; and 4] computational logic design rules which have resulted 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.

 

We know you can't hear the video frequencies the amplifier op-amps and EQ circuit can reach, but the high frequency stability it imparts stops the performance being clouded by oscillation artefacts. It also means that leading edges hit the "control pin" far sooner so they don't go out of control - that applies to scratches too. 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 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.

There's stability at the bass end too. Our infra bass stabilization techniques stop the signal feeding back through the power rails, delivering it to your ears instead.

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. The 50kHz cutter compensation reverses the negative effect of what is a natural single pole filter, thus adding to the extreme sound-staging capability. Just make sure your system can make use of it.

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.

The full specification Era Gold V includes a PSU1 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.

Technology reference: "The Art of Electronics" Horowitz and Hill, Cambridge University Press

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