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Clearaudio - Balance V2 - Phono Preamplifier

$4,995.00

Thank you for visiting The Audio Tailor.

We’re Stuart, Gabby, Liam and Vaughan. It’s a pleasure to have you here!

The first question we get from customers usually starts with, “What’s the difference between...”

When you’re shopping for new speakers, a turntable, or even thinking of putting together that home theatre of your teenage dreams - you’ll likely be faced with stacks of comparisons.

Why would I buy the Bluesound Pulse 2i when the Flex 2i is half the price?

Is Clearaudio the best?

Should I wait for a sale? Or get this now? What will I be missing out on when the new model comes out next year?

Endless questions. Lots of FOMO. Loads of hmm-ing and ha-ing.

And there SHOULD be.

Because you don’t go to a Hi-Fi store and drop $2000, $3000, or $15000 on something you're not 100%, positively, secure-in-your heart sure of.

It’s a lot of hard-earned money on the line.

Imagine doing hours of your own research. Reading up the suppliers’ websites, taking notes from Hi Fi blogs, categorizing the differing opinions as you trawl r/audiophile. You know what you’re getting. You’ve narrowed the online stores down to the final five. You’ve checked and re-checked that you’re getting the best deal. You’re sure you’re not getting ripped off by shipping.

You hit the “Checkout” button. Momentary relief!

That is...

Until your speakers haven’t arrived by the estimated delivery date and you have yet to hear a peep about its progress.

Until your new turntable arrives with a crack in the dust cover.

Until your long-awaited amp set-up fails to deliver the kind of sound you had in mind. Now you’re not even sure if you got the right one anymore, or how to troubleshoot it.

What could possibly be worse?

What about: No after-sales service. No phone number to call. And no one responding to your tickets.

Not to mention the hundreds of man hours you’ve already lost on reading layman opinions from the likes of Graham H. from Melbourne and Sarah D. from Perth; dutifully scrolling through pages and pages of reviews. Torturing yourself by looking for all the ones with less than 3 stars... when you could have been sitting back and diving into a whole new world of immersive sound and deliciously satisfying body vibrations.

Would it make sense to go to audio specialists that know brands, specs, and installation like the back of their hands?

Should you spend less time on weighing up pros and cons and more time enjoying good music?

Want to get the absolute best home theatre for your budget and surroundings without the weight of 100++ brand offerings bogging you down?

We like to think so!

And that’s why we’re here. Two things to know about us:

Thing 1: We were voted Australia’s 2021 Hi Fi Retailer of the Year (Yay! And THANK YOU!)

Thing 2: This is purely because we are sound specialists and audioheads - NOT salesmen.

We got into this business because we genuinely love audio and because we realized there was a lot of faceless dropshipping in the HiFi industry - and not enough expertise out there. People who keep coming back to us do so because they’re getting attention to detail and individualized solutions that they can’t find elsewhere.

Our clients don’t need to worry about budget, brand name, or size.

All they need to worry about, is talking to us.

Because, when you come to us, you’re in for a conversation.

We want to know the picture in your head.

That final portrait of you back from the flea market with Pearl Jam’s Ten, eager to place it gently upon a turntable you haven’t quite decided on yet.

A summer barbeque in your garden with the boys. Having a yarn around a beer-filled cooler while appreciating the crisp, clear, quality of sound streaming through the open doors of your listening space.

The kids having mates over - quiet for once - immersed in a good movie, lights out, in the comfort of the home theatre that is your pride and joy. “I wish we had one of these at our place!”

Once we know precisely what your ultimate scenario looks like, we’ll want to know what you’re working with.

What kind of budget have you set aside?

What’s the existing set-up look like?

How big is the listening room you have in mind?

How much ambient light is coming in?

Are you running drywall or wood panelling? Carpet or hardwood?

What about room resonance and reflection?

No idea what we’re going on about? No worries. We intend to talk you through all that. Our aim is that you get the absolute best sound system for your home, at a price point you’re happy with, and an aesthetic you can’t help but want to show off.

To get to this end goal, an unhealthy interest in all things audio simply isn’t enough. That’s why we spend countless hours behind the scenes sourcing products from only the most reliable brands and trustworthy suppliers - regardless of their branding and marketing.

We don’t rely on them to tell us what’s good about their equipment. We’ve developed our own proactive testing process to judge what’s what. So you get hands-on knowledge every single time. Coupled with our tight networks and stable supply chain meticulously refined over the years, we strive to ensure that the experience you get at The Audio Tailor is personal, seamless, and painless.

Personal, because it’s uniquely you in musicality, design, and taste. Your options are hand picked by us from amongst some of the world’s biggest, best, and most dependable brands.

Seamless, because we’re only small. You get one of us. Not one of dozens of salesmen milling about the place, working for commission and pushing the most expensive products.

Painless, because we don’t recommend anything until we’re clear about your needs. We follow up with you to make sure everything’s arrived in one piece. For us, the transaction isn’t over until your equipment is safely installed and fully satisfying.

TL;DR

Some of the big things we feel are missing in the HiFi world are:

  • The need for expertise before, during, and after the sale
  • A vast wealth of comparative knowledge, and
  • A commitment to end-to-end service.

At The Audio Tailor, we hope we’ve made it clear that service doesn’t shut off when a problem pops up. It’s an opportunity to tighten the ship we run, bolster our 5-star reputation, and most importantly - make someone’s day.

Hi! We see you’ve actually made it to the end of this page. Love it!

We’d like to end this by giving a shout out to all the enthusiasts and audiophiles we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. It has been a privilege to share our desire, passion, and journey for the purest sound and finest entertainment solutions for your homes and businesses.

Thank you to all our customers - past, present, and future - for helping us chase after something above the ordinary.

To make your audio dreams come true - call, email, or hop on down to our Brisbane store.

We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Product Description

As listening maturity increases, so do the demands of analog music lovers. It is precisely this eloquent target group that is dedicated to the innovative pre-amp balance V2. The successor to the balance + offers some interesting settings and control options for individual sound optimization, but remains puristic in design and intuitively manageable in terms of usability.

The new balance V2 is not only visually reminiscent of the excellence of the pre-amp absolute phono, but also the quality, features and processing of each individual component are proof of the highest audio competence. This begins with the precision-milled housings made of solid aluminum, which is also available in black anodized on request. The phono preamp features outputs for headphones with 6.3-millimeter jack as well as XLR and RCA, which can be occupied in parallel.

The RCA inputs and outputs are characterized by their high quality gold plating and thus extremely precise, trouble-free signal transmission. There is a switch on the bottom of the phono preamp body to select between XLR and RCA inputs. At the same place are the switch between MM and MC operation.

This allows audiophile users to adapt the preamp to their personal set-up - no matter whether Moving Magnet or moving coil technology is used for sound pickup. Other adjustment options include the volume control, which is manually on the front of the balance V2 possible and can also be switched to mute or automatic push of a button.

In this mode, the output level is at maximum power. Like the basic V2, the balance V2 has the pickup adjustment to play a variety of available on the market MM / MC pickup without further settings. The high-precision RIAA equalization achieves a record of less than 0.1 decibel accuracy. The switchable Subsonic filter suppresses particularly low frequencies in order to additionally optimize the detail accuracy of the reproduction. Potentially disturbing mains frequencies are prevented by the external power supply in a separate aluminum housing as well as by grounding by means of ground connection.

 

Specifications:

  • FASHION - MM / MC (Subsonic filter switchable)
  • GAIN @ 1 KHZ - +46 dB (MM mode) , +66 dB (MC mode)
  • INPUT IMPEDANCE - 47 kOhm / 270 pF (MM mode) , 500 ohms / 270 pF (MC mode)
  • MM / MC INPUT - switchable (on underside)
  • RIAA - 75 μs / 318 μs / 3180 μs, 2 passive filters
  • RIAA ACCURACY - ± 0.1 dB
  • THD - <0.001% (IEC A)
  • SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO - -78 dB (MM mode) , -79 dB (MC mode)
  • CROSSTALK - > 92 dB (@ 1 kHz)
  • MAX. OUTPUT VOLTAGE - > 12V (@ 1kHz)
  • SUBSONIC FILTER - 20 Hz (-6 dB / oct; switchable to bottom, for each channel)
  • POWER CONSUMPTION - Max. Power consumption during operation: 6.6 Watt
  • Standby mode: <0.3 watt="" li="">
  • Switched off: 0 Watt
  • POWER SUPPLY - ± 18 V DC (+21 V DC external power supply, 1.4 m cable length)
  • OUTPUTS - asymmetric (MPC RCA) , balanced (XLR) , headphone jack (1/4 "jack)
  • MASS - approx. 2.3 kg (precursor) , approx. 1.4 kg (power supply)
  • DIMENSIONS (B / T / H in inches) - Pre-Stage: 9.44 x 5.71 (6.22 with MPC Cinch) x 2.44 , Power Adapter: 9.44 x 5.71 x 2.44
  • DIMENSIONS (W / D / H in mm) - Preamp: 240 x 145 (158 with MPC cinch) x 62 Power adapter: 240 x 145 x 62

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