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Whest Audio whestTWO.2 Phonostage

Whest Audio whestTWO.2 Phonostage
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 Whest Audio whestTWO.2 PhonostageWhest Audio whestTWO.2 Phonostage 
£1,649.00
(£1,374.17 Exc. VAT)
  
  

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  • High resolution MM
  • Class-A output stage
  • Loading options
  • Balanced outputs
  • High voltage power supply
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whestTWO.2 High Resolution Entry Level Phono Stage

The whestTWO.2 is built to complement any entry level turntable front-end but more than that can be integrated into any high-end turntable front-end system because of its inherent high-resolution capabilities.

Like all whest audio phono stages the whestTWO.2 is tonally neutral which is a unique trait at this price level.  This allows you to hear everything in the recording at their correct levels.  The higher frequencies are not pushed forwards, nor the bass recessed.  This is in-part thanks to our heritage in small signal design, design of microphone preamplifiers and our understanding of ultra-low-noise solid-state circuitry.

Connecting the whestTWO.2 like all whest audio phono stages 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 are available via RCA, for connecting to a main system.  A 2nd output on balanced 3 pin XLR can be used to connect your whestTWO.2 to a stand-alone digital or analog recorder or headphone amplifier for accurate and low noise transfer work or high quality headphone listening.

With the whestTWO.2 high-resolution vinyl playback is within your reach – it always has been.

Shipping typically 1-3 days

whestTWO.2 2021 spec
 
It’s just like a small whestTHREE Signature. Like all of the Whest Audio designs, the whestTWO.2 has been designed for use primarily for MC (moving coil) use. This means that to obtain the lowest possible noise levels and highest resolution, we recommend the use of medium to low output MC cartridges. During its development we used the following cartridges: Ortofon MC Anna, 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 resolution MM

Because of the ‘impressive’ neutrality of the whestTHREE Signature and the smaller sibling whestTWO.2 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 flattest response curve for most of the new breed of high-performance moving magnets and moving irons on the market today. Vinyl playback with MM never sounded so good at this price level. For listening in MM mode we used the Ortofon 2M RED and Black, Goldring 2500, Grado Reference 1 Phono and Audio Technica VM760SLC, VM AT440 MLA and AT95E, Rega Exact and the Roksan Corus Silver.

Class-A output stage

Like all Whest Audio phono stages, the whestTWO.2 also employs a fully discrete transistor ClassA high output current output stage. Unheard of at this price range, the whestTWO.2 employs an ‘elevated power rail’ section which gives far greater dynamic performance as well as lower noise specs for ‘earth shattering’ micro detail resolving power. This coupled with the high performance, bespoke high voltage power supply will give you a level of musical performance you thought was only possible well outside of its price range.

Loading options

The whestTWO.2 is equipped with 6 resistive load and 6 gain options for maximum flexibility with the wide range of cartridges available today. The resistive load options are 100, 220, 470, 1k, 15k and 47k ohms. MM gain is covered by 43dB. High output MC is covered by 50dB, 55dB 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. For the other 5% it is just a matter of removing 2 small M3 screws under the head unit which will give you full access to both channels load and gain switches.

Balanced outputs

The whestTWO.2 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 minute signal in the process, the whestTWO.2 processes the balanced signal exactly like many high-end microphones and mixing desks…this means a perfect balanced feed if you are using long signal lines.

The Power Supply

The high voltage power supply has been adopted and scaled down from the highly acclaimed whestTHREE Signature. The voltage rail voltages are higher than most phono stages 2-3 times its price. Why? Because if properly designed a high voltage design will translate into better dynamic contrasts, better imaging and far better noise performance. It’s good then that the power supply in the whestTWO.2 has a 12 year pedigree behind it.

Cabling

The whestTWO.2 comes with its own RCA-RCA 1.2m OFC Audiophile interconnect and 3.5mm Jack to RCA interconnects for connecting to your audio system and connecting to your computer system for high resolution transfers. If you would like to know more about the whestTWO.2 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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