Thanks to its particularly fine sound quality and the fact that it’s part of a well-established brand in Talk Electronics (furthermore it’s backed by a most generous 10-year warranty) you can buy the Edwards Audio with confidence. For vinyl enthusiasts desiring a high-end phono stage but on a restricted budget, I recommend it highly. HIFI News
Hi-Fi Choice by David Price The Edwards Audio Apprentice MC. “I have got the Apprentice stage in my second system currently and what a box of tricks it is even compared to stages twice its price, maybe more. I auditioned many stages when looking to upgrade and I concluded I'd have to spend £300 - £500 to get a real leap up the ladder.” -
This is an excellent phono stage that is perfect for the audiophile on a budget
The Edwards Audio Apprentice MC phono stage is derived from the popular Edwards Audio MM1 and uses a similar circuit topology with passive treble and active bass equalisation.
Unusually at this price level it uses a second stage amplifier to buffer the equalisation network and ensure a low output impedance, whilst the MC gain uses a third separate op-amp.
It is however configured to be used with our custom made single rail DC regulated switch mode power supply. This has enabled us to make a cost saving along with the use of a steel double U case construction, removing the need for an expensive extrusion. It is completed with a stylish 3mm black acrylic front panel and a 5mm machined aluminium frame. MM or MC selection is via the front panel switch
As far as the all important sonic performance is concerned, with its near silent noise floor and 42dB gain in MM mode or 63dB gain in MC mode the Apprentice MC will not leave you disappointed, unlike most we have listened to. Given the price, this makes it a true audiophile bargain. It is ideally suited for the customer who is either on a budget or uses a turntable such as the Apprentice 2 TT.
Max Input MM: 75mV
- Gain: 42/63dB MM/MC
- THD Distortion: <0.01% 1kHz
- Signal to noise ratio (MM/MC): 5mV/500uV (MM/MC)
- A Wtd -83dB/65dB
- RIAA accuracy within 0.3dB
- Stereo separation: better than 66dB – 20-20kHz
- Input Loading MM/MC: 47K/100R with 150pF
- Dynamic Range: 110dB
- Output impedance: Max output level 7.5V RMS depending upon input
- Dimensions WxHxL: approx. 120mm x 47.5mm x 70mm
- Weight: 1Kg
- Power consumption: 1.5W
TALK Electronics is a UK based designer and manufacturer of award winning hi-fi equipment. We have designed and manufactured some of the world’s finest, value-for-money, high-fidelity equipment for over 15 years.
The Edwards Audio series from TALK Electronics is a competitive range of unrivaled high performance products. Do not be deceived by the size of this range, as it has been designed to set new standards in this area. It can compete with many ‘fully grown’ products which are out in the market and if reviews are anything to go by, then TALK Electronics have achieved its goal with many awards and reviews from around the world. HAND MADE IN THE UK