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MC-999VIPL MC step up transformer

Product code: mc999vipl-l3

ASTOR MC-999VIPL MC step up transformer

Regular price $5,943.00 USD
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This is a made-to-order product. Estimated delivery time is about 3 months.

Uncompromising materials and technology

Conveying all the music signal from the MC cartridge

The beautiful wiring and finish are handmade by our master wiring engineers using carefully selected top-quality materials. The sound quality is dynamic, beautifully clear, and reproduces the sound delicately and vividly from low to high frequency range. This is an MC cartridge step-up transformer of the highest quality product that provides music reproduction that has never been experienced before.
The main body of the MC999VIPL series is made of an extra-thick 20mm oxygen-free copper panel and a 10mm-thick oxygen-free copper plate, and is finished by milling and lathe machining. The wiring material is a single 0.9mm oxygen-free copper wire with a gold-plated Teflon coating for insulation, which greatly affects the sound quality. The wiring has been minimized to the transformer unit and input/output terminals, and the left and right sides are independent, with Astro Denshi's specialty of artistic aerial wiring to improve channel separation.
The super-heavyweight chassis weighing 21 kg ! The MC999VIPII series also has only one system without input switching to eliminate electrical loss and distortion, while the VIPL The VIPL series also has no impedance switching, further simplifying the process in pursuit of the ultimate in sound quality. The insulator is machined from a 30mm round oxygen-free copper rod and mounted with calfskin between the bottom plates. The input and output terminals are made of pure copper and finished with beautiful rhodium plating that is highly resistant to corrosion and wear.

The incredible amount of information and freshness, the sense of scale of the vast sound field, and the sense of massiveness and realism of the low frequency range make you realize that even the cartridges you have heard and are familiar with have not yet been brought out to their full potential and true performance.

The Hashimoto transformer is available in three types: A-type: HM-3, X-type: HM-X, and G-type: HM-7, depending on your preference.
The sound quality of the HM-3 is not as delicate as that of the high-end HM-7, but it has a more crisp sound than the HM-7, so we recommend the HM-3 for those who prefer a clear sound.
Step-up ratio (gain) HM-3 HIGH: 12Ω, 20x, 26dB LOW: 3Ω, 40x, 32dB
HM-X HIGH: 12Ω, 15x, 23dB LOW: 3Ω, 30x, 29dB
HM-7 HIGH: 12Ω, 15x, 23dB LOW: 3Ω, 30x, 29dB
Input impedance LOW: 3Ω (2Ω~7Ω) High: 12Ω (7Ω~40Ω)
Load Impedance 47kΩ(2.7kΩ standard)
Frequency response HM-3 15Hz - 50kHz(-1dB)
HM-X 15Hz - 100kHz(-1dB)
HM-7 15Hz - 80kHz(-1dB)
Insertion Loss 1.5dB
Separation 93dB
Size W190 x D170 x H115mm
Weight 21kg
Input/Output 1 input, 1 output
A strong sound with the presence of a transformer. This reproduction gives me a sense of satisfaction that the music comes alive by adding this transformer. The shielding is very solid, and no hum can be heard at all. The sound is very lovely and beautiful, but I feel that the high frequency is strong in terms of balance. There is no ambiguous sound at all. Even when the volume is turned down, the sound image does not become sweet, which is good for those who listen with a narrower focus. Strong, slightly dated audio sound. In today's world of smooth sound, this transformer has a sound that strongly moves people's hearts. The transformer makes a clear difference between cartridges. The "Beethoven" sound is typical of the Humble Steinway sound. The piano was strong, shining, and yet it struck the listener's heart. What impressed me in "Barbra" was the rim shot, which was quite a lot in terms of volume. The flute is also gorgeous, with a stronger high frequency range in balance. I felt that the addition of this transformer added another way to enjoy record playback.
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