Adagio Vacuum Tube Phono Stage (MM / MC)

$ 1,690.00

The Adagio is still sold out as we work through our pre-order/waiting list. Sorry - we've been overwhelmed by the demand. We're building more, first to fill pre-orders, then to get them back in stock. Meanwhile, please contact us to pre-order one (no obligation, and you don't pay until we ship - really a waiting list), or to be notified when they are available, or if you have any questions (info@tavishdesign.com). And, please read the recent reviews by Ron Nagle in Enjoy The Music and Art Dudley (Listening #162) in the June 2016 edition of Stereophile.

The Adagio was just listed as a Stereophile Recommended Component in the October 2016 issue. Thanks everyone!

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Owner's Manual

Tavish Design’s Adagio Vacuum-Tube Phono Stage is our “cost-is-no-object” design, but at a reasonable price, in a clean, simple package. It offers state-of-the-art specifications that rival or exceed the measured performance of solid-state phono stages, but with an all-vacuum-tube signal path.

The Adagio is a new circuit using a combination of passive and active equalization to provide consistently accurate ±0.2 dB RIAA equalization, vanishingly low <0.008% harmonic distortion, and exceptional 36 dB overload margin. And, the Adagio is dead quiet, with a signal-to-noise ratio approaching the theoretical minimum set by the cartridge itself.

The combination of high gain and low noise allows the Adagio to accommodate almost any moving magnet or moving coil cartridge. The moving coil input is transformer balanced using a 1:10 step-up ratio Jensen JT-44K-DX, and both XLR and RCA input connectors are provided. The JT-44K-DX offers excellent performance, but the Jensen JT-347-AXT (with 1:8 or 1:12 step-up ratios) is also available. The universal output (unbalanced or balanced compatible) is available through both RCA and XLR output connectors.

The Adagio uses a separate power supply to eliminate hum and power line interference. The phono stage itself is compact (only 8.6” wide) and can be placed easily close to the turntable. The power supply can be placed in any convenient remote location (up to 6 feet away) and switched from the main phono stage. The phono stage and power supply can also be placed side-by-side on a standard 17” wide equipment shelf, if you prefer.

In addition to the standard North American version, an international version of the Adagio is available for 220-240V 50-60Hz operation and ships with an EU or UK line cord; please select your line voltage when ordering. If you don't see a shipping option for your location, please contact us for a shipping quote.

With the Adagio Phono Stage, you don’t have to choose between the outstanding engineering numbers of a solid-state design and the warm musical appeal of an all-vacuum-tube design – you get both, at a price far less than other high-end phono stages. You can spend a lot more money, but you can't buy a better performing tube phono stage. It's all in the engineering.

  • Designed to accommodate both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridges
  • Gain: 44 dB Moving Magnet, 64 dB Moving Coil
  • RIAA equalization accuracy ±0.2 dB, 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Signal-to-noise, moving magnet (MM) input: >84 dBA, ref 5 mV @ 1 kHz
  • Signal-to-noise, moving coil (MC) input: >82 dBA, ref 0.5 mV @ 1 kHz
  • Reference output level: 750 mV RMS ( approximately 0 dBu)
  • Total harmonic distortion <0.008% at reference output level into 10k ohms, 1kHz
  • Output level for 1% THD:  >44 VRMS into 10k ohms, 1 kHz (36dB overload margin)
  • Front-Panel Adjustable Cartridge Loading on both MM and MC inputs (adjustable capacitance on MM input, adjustable resistance on MC input)
  • Linear regulated 320V high voltage and 6.3/12.6V heater supplies (No Switching Power Supplies)
  • OMRON low-signal relays for MM/MC selection and output muting
  • 14 gauge powder-coated aluminum chassis
  • Tube complement: 5751 (x3), 6267/EF86 (x2), 12AU7A (x1)  
  • Power Consumption: 35W  (120V 60Hz or 220-240V 50-60Hz)
  • Main Phono Stage Size: 8.6” wide, 10.2” deep, 2.2” high (3.9” high to top of tube guard)
  • Power Supply Size: 8” wide, 10.2” deep, 2.2” high
  • Weight: Phono Stage 5 lbs., Power Supply 4 lbs. (12-13 lbs. shipping weight)
  • Made in U.S.A.
  • 6 year limited warranty
JJ 12AX7 / ECC83 are occasionally supplied in place of 5751, depending on which low noise tubes we have in stock.

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