The new Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier represents a phono preamplifier, with which one wants to address even particularly fastidious vinyl lovers, so the English HiFi smithy Exposure Electronics Ltd.
The new Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier has been developed to appeal to even very demanding record lovers and hi-fi enthusiasts, says the English hi-fi forge Exposure Electronics Ltd. in the context of the presentation of this new solution. The company thus describes the new phono preamplifier as top-of-the-range and even speaks of a reference-level product.
However, the new solution is designed as an extremely compact, even inconspicuous solution, which is to draw its strengths from an assembly with only high-quality components and a sophisticated structure. This includes, for example, that the new Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier can be operated in conjunction with the Exposure VXN Power Supply.
Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier – Phono preamplifier on reference level
As already mentioned, the new phono preamplifier is supposed to be a solution aimed primarily at very ambitious vinyl lovers, so the English HiFi forge sets quite high here, although this system presents itself downright restrained and modest in appearance.
The new Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier measures no more than 218 mm in width, 348 mm in depth, and 89 mm in height, weighs no more than 2 kg, and presents itself with a front that is adorned by a single button.
Of course, the developers relied here on a solid aluminum housing for the best possible shielding against sound-damaging external influences, while the chosen design language is entirely in line with that of the rest of the product range of the English.
What really sets the new Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier apart is its high-quality construction and the way this solution is applied.
Exclusively high-quality components, discrete design
The company states that it relies on a completely discrete design, no integrated circuits are used in the signal path. Instead, the company relies on high-quality transistors, capacitors and resistors, such as specially selected polypropylene capacitors in the particularly critical areas of the RIAA equalization.
For MM as well as MC cartridges
Of course, the new Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier is a phono preamplifier that can be used equally for drives equipped with MM and MC cartridges, whereby a separate input is always available for both variants in the form of RCA jack pairs.
To select between these two inputs, the already mentioned single button directly on the front serves.
All other settings for optimal adaptation to the different cartridge systems are made by means of DIP switches, which can be found on the back of the Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier. The manufacturer states on record that the Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier provides 40 dB of gain for MM cartridge systems, and 60 dB of gain for MC cartridge systems.
Just as for the inputs, the new Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier also relies on RCA connectors for the output.
External power supply – two-box or three-box configuration.
The manufacturer promises for the new Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier a particularly low-noise power supply with several levels of voltage regulation. Especially interesting is that for the Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier the use of the external power supply Exposure VXN Power Supply is intended, which is integrated via appropriate DIN connectors on the rear panel.
Exposure Electronics Ltd. therefore speaks of a two-box setup in which the new phono preamplifier is ultimately operated. If you want to go one step further, you will find two such DIN connectors for the external power supply on the rear panel of the new Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier. You can even set up a three-box dual mono configuration, as the manufacturer calls it, and thus operate the left and right channels with a separate power supply for the best possible channel separation and lowest noise.
Prices and availability
The new Exposure VXN Phono Amplifier is expected to be available immediately from retailers. This solution will be offered in black alone, at a suggested retail price of £ 1.790,-.
Getting to the point
Even if the new phono preamplifier from the English hi-fi forge Exposure Electronics Ltd. looks downright unimpressive at first glance, it is supposed to provide a solution for particularly demanding vinyl and hi-fi enthusiasts. Apart from the impeccable equipment with only high-quality components and a discrete design, which the manufacturer from West Sussex promises, the possibility of using not only one external power supply in the two-box setup for an optimal separation of the actual signal processing and power supply, but even two of them to realize a so-called three-box dual mono configuration, is of course striking here.
|EXPOSURE VXN PHONO AMPLIFIER
|EXPOSURE ELECTRONICS LTD.
|Exposure Electronics Ltd.
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