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Whest Audio whestTHREE Signature 2 Box Phono Stage

Whest Audio whestTHREE Signature 2 Box Phono Stage
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Whest Audio whestTHREE Signature 2 Box Phono StageWhest Audio whestTHREE Signature 2 Box Phono StageWhest Audio whestTHREE Signature 2 Box Phono Stage
£3,199.00
(£2,665.83 Exc. VAT)
  
  

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  • High Resolution MC & MM
  • Class-A output stage
  • Balanced outputs 
  • Loading options 
  • HVDM power supply

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WhestTHREE Signature Review
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whestTHREE Signature 2 Box Phono Stage

The whestTHREE Signature is the true successor to the famed PS.20/MSU.20 phono stage that put whest audio on-the-map in 2004.  We have since pushed the boundaries of phono stage design and in the whestTHREE Signature you can hear this across the whole audio band.

Like its bigger siblings, the whestTHREE Signature is tonally neutral allowing you to hear everything at their correct levels.  This along with the units ability to resolve so much from vinyl sets it apart from the competition – if it has any.

Connecting the whestTHREE Signature like all of our products is easy and flexible. 1 pair of audiophile quality RCA connectors for the input section with a substantial ground post for the turntable ground.  For outputs, 1 stereo pair is available via RCA, for connecting to a main system.  A 2nd output on balanced 3 pin XLR can be used to connect your unit to a stand-alone digital or analog recorder or separate headphone amplifier for some alone time with your favourite albums. 

With the whestTHREE Signature high resolution vinyl playback is just a skip-hop-jump away from being part of your system.

Shipping typically 1-3 days

High Resolution MC use

The whestTHREE Signature has been designed for ultra low noise at small signal levels from 7mV down to 0.15mV. This means that to obtain the lowest possible noise levels and highest resolution, we recommend the use of low to medium output MC cartridges or MM/MI cartridges from 7mV down to low output MC. During the development of the whestTHREE Signature we used these MCs: Ortofon MC ANNA (0.20mV), Denon DL 304 (0.18mv), EMT JSD6 (0.18mv), Lyra Delos (0.6mV) and the Dynavector XV1-T (0.35mV) for much of the listening tests and noise measurements.

High performance MM use

Because of the ‘impressive’ neutrality of the whestTHREE Signature in MC mode, we know that absolutely ANY high-end high performance MC cartridge can be used. For MM (moving magnet) use, the input capacitance has been trimmed to give the flatest response curve for many of the new breed of high-performance moving magnets and moving irons on the market today. The whestTHREE Signature employs an ‘elevated power rail’ section unseen in a phono stage in this price range. This gives a greater dynamic performance as well as lower noise specs for ‘earth shattering’ micro detail resolving power. Given a great MM cartridge, in MM mode the whestTHREE is spectacular. For listening in MM mode we used the Ortofon 2M Black, Goldring 2500, Grado Reference 1 Phono and Audio Technica VM760SLC AT440 MLA, Rega Exact and the 2014 Roksan Corus Silver.

Class-A output stage

Like all Whest Audio phono stages, the whestTHREE also employs a fully discrete Class-A high output current output stage. This coupled with the omission of an output capacitor means that the output from the unit is directly coupled to the following preamplifier. Even the very best ‘audiophile grade’ output capacitor would degrade the performance of whestTHREE output quality which is why the design ensures a far higher level of performance than what is normally expected at this price level.

Balanced outputs 

The whestTHREE Signature comes as standard fitted with true balanced outputs which are fed from the output of the Class-A stage. While most manufacturers are content with using a 2.00 EUR/ $2.00 IC chip to perform the balancing process and degrading the signal further, the whestTHREE Signature processes the signal exactly like many high-end microphones and mixing desks…..this means a perfect balanced feed if you are using long signal lines.

Loading options 

The whestTHREE Signature is equipped with 8 resistive load and 8 gain options for maximum flexibility with the wide range of cartridges available today. The resistive load options are 100, 220, 330, 470, 1k6, 15k and 47k ohms. MM gain is covered by 42dB and 46dB. High output MC is covered by 50dB, 53dB and 56dB while the low output MC sets are 60dB, 65dB and 72dB. The standard ‘shipped’ setup is 65dB/100ohms which will suite 95% of MC cartridges today.

HVDM power supply

A new bespoke external power unit has be designed specifically for the whestTHREE signature. The HVDM (high voltage dual-mono) power supply utilises a ‘whest designed’ extremely low mechanical noise high current toroid transformer. Unlike most other manufacturers today who use ‘off-the-shelf’ transformers to save on cost which also has a negative impact on audio quality, the HVDMs transformer has been designed in-house by whest audio for ultra low noise and low signal level use. The low mechanical noise of the transformer translates into less noise on the power rails and hence higher resolution.

Cabling

To connect the whestTHREE Signature to the HVDM power supply, Whest Audio had designed 2 special XLR cables capable of handling currents far higher that what is required for the whestTHREE Signature head unit. The whestTHREE Signature comes with its own RCA-RCA 2m OFC Audiophile interconnect and 3.5mm Jack to RCA interconnects for connecting to your audio system and connecting to your digital or analog recorder to HD transfers. If you would like to know more about the whestTHREE Signature and how it will perform with your current turntable setup then just drop us an email.

UK Delivery

  • FREE delivery via DPD Local By 12pm on orders to value over £300, including one hour delivery window service 'Predict & Follow My Parcel'.
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery By 1pm costs between £5.00 - £10.00 on orders to value under £300, dependent on weight.
  • Saturday or Sunday delivery available upon request for supplemental charge.

EU Delivery

  • £25 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Road service (3-5 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.
  • £50 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Air service  (1-2 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.

USA & Canada Delivery

  • Services based on your order being shipped to the U.S. and Canada are calculated as follows:
    £100 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL international 'Day Definite' service per parcel.
    Receiver is responsible for the payment of local Duties and Taxes.

Exceptions

  • Not all products are available for order into Europe, USA & Canada

WARRANTY

  • Full manufacturer's warranty on all new purchases. Standard warranty is typically 2 years with some goods coming with 6 years manufacturer's warranty.
  • Goods purchased in UK and EU are covered by the Consumer Contracts Regulations.

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