In 2016, Audio Analogue celebrated its twentieth birthday with two ‘Anniversary’ editions of the company’s earlier integrated amplifiers, the Puccini and Maestro. Now, the Italian brand has launched its ‘PureAA’ line of products, drawing key ideas from the Anniversary amps and adding further features. Second in the line, following the AAcento amplifier, is the new AAphono.

Audio Analogue’s PureAA line aims to draw on some of the key ideas and features of the Anniversary amplifiers but to apply them in a slightly different way. While the Anniversary amps are of minimalist focus, the PureAA line sports a set of added features designed to appeal to music lovers who seek a wider range of functions and connections in a single product.

The new AAphono phono stage is fully configurable for both MM and MC cartridges. It offers plenty of adjustable options that allow you to  tailor its set-up according to your chosen cartridge. These include gain and loading for MC cartridges but also the less common MM input capacitance and resistance. At the same time, the AAphono is simple to use. No need to power off, cool down and delve ‘under the hood’. Simply press an easily accessible button to make your adjustments, which will be saved when the unit is switched off or even disconnected.

The amp uses three separate toroidal transformers form the heart of the power supply, and hence the heart of the phono stage: one for each of the stereo channels (left and right) and a third one supplies the control circuitry. In addition, the power supply includes multiple filters. 

The AAphono features high quality components with very tight tolerances throughout. It also incorporates a parallel circuit design.

The amplification is split between two separate gain stages with a subsonic filter placed between them, such that any low frequency oscillation is prevented from reaching and saturating or overloading the final gain stage. Following the second gain stage, a special DCblocking circuit ensures that no potentially harmful direct current reaches your amplifier, effectively providing a level of protection more typically associated with separate power cleaning units.

The Pure AA line’s casework is resonance-damped and beautifully finished, in keeping with the brand’s classically simple design philosophy.

Technical Specifications

MM gain (@1KHz)                                                            40 dB

MC gain (@1KHz) 65 dB
Frequency response (+/-0.25dB) 10Hz – 20KHz
MM signal/noise ratio 89 dB
MC signal/noise ratio 72 dB
Standby power consumption (230VAC) 0.7 W
Dimensions (H x W x D) 87 x 220 x 372 mm

Weight                                                                             5.8kg 

Audio Analogue’s AAphono integrated amplifier is available now, in black or silver, priced at £1,599 (inc. VAT).

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