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British hi-fi brand Exposure Electronics has released the VXN phono stage. The VXN, according to the company, is addressed to “serious vinyl lovers” and is paired with a branded VXN power supply. If you add another such unit, the system goes into a dual mono configuration. Three or two cases form a neat rack.
The Exposure Electronics VXN phono stage works with MM or MC cartridges (separate inputs). There are no operational amplifiers in the circuit – only discrete transistors, high-quality resistors and capacitors. Moreover, in the passive correction of the RIAA there are, according to the developers, “polypropylene capacitors of very high quality.”
The result is a signal-to-noise ratio for a frequency of 1 kHz and an output voltage of 500 mV – >82 dB for the MM input, and >72 dB for the MC input. Stepped load and gain control is set by jumpers on the rear panel of the all-aluminum black (this is the only color) case.