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Clearaudio Basic Symmetry balanced MC phono stage (used)

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Post by pumba on Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:36 am

Clearaudio Basic Symmetry balanced MC only phono stage. Comes with a custom-made Mogami Neglex star quad cable with female RCA connections to allow balanced operation. This phono stage uses current-mode amplification with auto adjustment of loading of the cartridge, similar to the Aqvox Phono 2Ci. I previously owned the Aqvox and this sounds very similar - very clean and clear.

Product details available here and a review can be read here.


Condition: 7.5/10 (no original packaging, a few very minor marks. Please see photos.)
Location: Penang (can arrange meetup in Ipoh or PJ if required)
Price: RM1750
WhatsApp me at 019-9992425.

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Last edited by pumba on Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:07 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : error in description corrected)

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Post by wabun on Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:30 pm

Balanced Symmetry or Basic Symmetry ?
I could not spotted any Balanced output from top to toe  Laughing

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Post by pumba on Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:07 pm

wabun wrote:Balanced Symmetry or Basic Symmetry ?
I could not spotted any Balanced output from top to toe  Laughing

It is a Basic Symmetry (error in original post corrected, thanks), but it does have a balanced input on a 5-pin mini connector. The adapter is plugged in to it in my picture (the red wire above the power cord). Here's a picture of the back a of the unit showing the connector.

Clearaudio Basic Symmetry balanced MC phono stage (used) Clearaudio_phono_stage1

The output from an MC cartridge is inherently balanced, so as long as your tonearm wire has a separate ground it will remain this way even over an RCA connection. If your tonearm is wired with the ground and negative tied together (mainly Rega tonearms) then this input won't work as intended (you can of course still use the standard phono input). Other tonearms are fine - I have used it with an SME and a Jelco and it works perfectly.

The Clearaudio Reference and Balanced Dual Mono phono stages also used this type of input, at a much higher price point. The advantage is rejection of hum and noise, which is most important at the input of a phono stage where the level of the signal is very low.

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Post by wabun on Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:25 pm

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Post by pumba on Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:43 pm

Bump and price drop to RM1500.

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