MK Analogue SUT-1L in x-rayed view with its shining brass capsules

MK Analogue: One Step-up Closer to the Truth

We have continued to perfect our transformers over the past ten years. We have examined, analysed and revised every detail, no matter how small. The result of these efforts are two extraordinary step-up transformers that can hold their head up high against any product on the global market. See review of our SUT-1L in German magazine IMAGE HIFI (PDF)

MK Analogue SUT-1L in x-rayed view with its shining brass capsules

Why Use An MC Transformer

Every active amplifier stage – regardless of whether it is designed with tubes or transistors – adds noise or background noise to the music signal. Thus, the quieter an MC pickup (i.e. the less output voltage it has), the more the signal has to be amplified. This makes the pickup, and with it the entire chain, much more susceptible to such interference.

A transformer increases the signal voltage of an MC pickup in a purely passive manner, i.e. without a power supply. It therefore has a clear advantage simply because of its functional principle. The signal thus runs through exactly ONE component and has to overcome significantly less contact resistance and capacitance. It therefore reaches the less critical MM input of the phono stage ‘undamaged’, leaving the distortion potential of an active electronic circuit behind.

However, in order for a transformer can actually work without faults and interference, a few adjustments and parameters must be observed:

  • Housing mass;
  • Shielding against interference;
  • Encapsulation against microphony;
  • Wiring, and
  • Connector quality.

That is why we give these factors our full attention and accept no compromise in their implementation. The sum of all parts makes up the big picture. Or in simpler words: pure music.

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