M6 Vinyl | Phono Stage

The M6 Vinyl is a reference M6 vinyl phono stage mm/mc.

M6 Vinyl Front Panel
M6 Vinyl Rear Panel
M6 Vinyl Extra Image

M6 Vinyl - Overview

The M6 Vinyl was a labour of love for MF. We love phono, and relished in the pure joy of designing a product of our dreams.

We set out to make a phono stage without any practical limits. Essentially, in real life, you cannot overload the input stage or find any practical limitations in the output driving capacity.  Single ended or balanced.

It has three inputs, each can be set for either MM/MC and exact loading. It will remember those settings.

Technical Stuff

The M6 Vinyl has a very sophisticated power supply configuration. A total of about 7 PSUs.

  • Separate PSUs for each channel and each stage.
  • Fully balanced PSUs with perfect star grounding.
  • The mains has a special 100mHz filter stage which gives 40dB attenuation of spurious RF.
  • There are two mains transformers.

The SMD PCB layout achieves outstanding inter-channel and inter-stage isolation.

Everything has been designed to allow the sound to sing....no noise, no distortion, no layout anomalies.....nothing gets in the way of the M6 Vinyl's reason for existence......the music!

Measurements

Extremely low distortion: less than 0.008% across the band.

Its S/N ration is really good; -96db (MM), and -86dB (MC)... reference 2V

Overload margin is better than 31dB!!

RIAA accuracy is +/- 0.25dB. And it has an additional post RIAA filter that retains substantial accuracy up to beyond 80kHz.

Maximum output is 10V RMS, 20V Balanced.

 

Also the Vinyl has a +6db setting for very low output cartridges and the IEC/RIAA modification facility.

 

Input resistance values (8):

10R, 25R, 50R, 100R, 400R, 800R, 1k2, 47k

Capacitance values (8):

50pf, 100pf, 150pf, 200pf, 250pf, 300pf, 350pf, 400pf

Sound Quality

The true point of any electronic, actually any audio component, is that you don't know it is there. You completely forget its existence. By that criteria the M6 Vinyl is almost perfect. It has no practical audible noise, it doesn't really have distortion, you cannot overload its input or output, you can load your cartridge perfectly. It exists to serve the music. To bring the artists intent, emotions and passion to your ears and heart.

Yeah, we can talk about bass (deep, deep, deep), imaging (tactile, holographic), high frequency clarity with no sibilance....and on and on. Yeah, It does all those things.....but the big thing it does… the thing that matters, is that it eases your soul by getting you to the heart of the music.

General

The M6 Vinyl's offers state-of-the-art technical and sonic performance at a very competitive price and is the epitome of the true spirit of high end audio.

If you love your music from vinyl then this is a 'must have' product!

M6 Vinyl - Specifications

MM input

  • Frequency response: RIAA or RIAA/IEC (selectable) ±0.2dB
  • Input sensitivity: 2.5mV in for 300mV out (at 1 kHz)
  • Input impedance: 47KΩ
  • Input capacitance: 50-400pF selectable
  • THD at 1 kHz: <0.01%
  • Overload margin: 31dB
  • Signal to noise ratio: >90dB “A”-wtd

MC input

  • Frequency response: RIAA or RIAA/IEC (selectable) ±0.2dB
  • Input sensitivity: 250μV in for 300mV out (at 1 kHz)
  • Input impedance: 25Ω to 1K2Ω selectable
  • Input capacitance: 470pF fixed
  • THD at 1 kHz: <0.01%
  • Overload margin: 31dB
  • Signal to noise ratio: >88dB “A”-wtd

Outputs (RCA/XLR)

  • 1 pair RCA (phono): left and right 300mV nom 10V max
  • 1 paiir XLR (balanced): left and right 600mV nom 20V max

Power requirement

  • Mains voltages: 230V/115V Internally set or 100V optional. AC 50/60Hz
  • Consumption: 20 Watts maximum. <0.5W in standby (orange LED on)

Weight

  • Unit only, unboxed: 5.5 kg
  • In shipping carton & inc. accessories: 11 kg

Unit dimensions

  • Wide: 440 mm
  • High, including feet: 100 mm
  • Deep (front to back) including terminals: 385 mm

Standard accessories

  • Mains lead: 10 Amp IEC

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