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Creek Audio - Sequel-mk4 -Plug-in Phono Pre-Amplifier

$265.00

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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?

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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?

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We like to think so!

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

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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.

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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!”

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What kind of budget have you set aside?

What’s the existing set-up look like?

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How much ambient light is coming in?

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What about room resonance and reflection?

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TL;DR

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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.

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Product Description

The Sequel mk4 is designed and assembled in Europe using a multi-layer PCB fitted with high-quality mini-MELF resistors, WIMA capacitors and low-noise active circuitry. This makes it ideally suited for Moving Magnet cartridge amplification. To maintain top performance under all circumstances, a capacitance-multiplying filter circuitry is used to maintain ultra-low power supply power and stability.

The Sequel mk4 phono pre-amplifier replaces the internal “LINK” PCB and its function is to boost the signal level and changes the frequency response according to the RIAA standard. It has been developed to simplify the user experience and provide flexibility to match most types of popular cartridges.

Cartridge compatibility recommendation is just a rough guide to allow the average modulation of a vinyl disc to drive the amplifier to maximum rated power. Creek amplifiers range in power from 40 to 120 Watts into 8 Ohms, depending on the model.

Not only can it be switched for 40dB or 50dB gain, but the user can also select 100pF or 200pF input capacitance and IEC low-frequency roll-off, with a simple piano key switch!

The Sequel mk4 is flexible enough to match a wide range of MM and high-output MC cartridges. It is not suitable for medium to low output MC cartridges, which require lower matching impedance and higher gain.

A Sequel mk4 phono pre-amplifier is suitable for use with the following Creek Integrated amps and pre-amps from 1993 onwards. To make sure the Sequel mk4 suits your Creek amplifier, please read the definitive list below: Evolution 100A and Evolution 50A, Destiny 2, Evolution 2, Evolution 5350, Classic 5350 SE, 5350 SE, 5350 R and 5350, 5250, 5250 R and 5250 SE, 4330, 4330 R and 4330 SE, 4240 and 4240 SE. P42 Pre-amp.

The Sequel mk4 phono pre-amplifier is not suitable for use with 4330 mk2, 4330R mk2, 4330 SE mk2, A50i and A50iR. Only discrete transistor, single-rail power supply phono pre-amps should be used. Check with Creek Audio for availability.

 

PHONO OVERVIEW

Vinyl discs are a great source of high-quality music and are extremely popular again, but few amplifiers are equipped to handle it as standard. The usual requirement is for a separate (stand-alone) pre-amp box to boost signal level and change the frequency response.

In 1990, when vinyl use was in decline, Creek took the decision to leave out phono pre-amp circuitry from its integrated and pre-amplifier designs. However, it left an option to fit a plug-in module in series with the first input. This freed up the first input for Line 1.

For health and safety reasons, the Sequel mk4 phono pre-amplifier must be installed in the Voyage i20 amplifier by the supplying dealer or Creek Audio. The Sequel mk4 can be installed in all other models safely by the user if required.

Exact matching of cartridge gain is not too important, as the amplifier’s pre-amp volume control can always be used to increase or decrease the sensitivity. The recommended cartridge range is just a rough guide.

 Explanation

  • Multi-layer printed circuit boards are used to separate and optimise the various circuit requirements onto separate layers. In this case, the top layer carries most of the circuit interconnections and the bottom layer carries the power supplies. This forms a magnetic shield to prevent hum and noise pick-up, as well as reducing ground impedance to the lowest possible level.
  • Mini-MELF resistors have similar or better noise and stability performance to top-quality through-hole resistors.
  • WIMA is a highly respected brand of close tolerance (accurate) polypropylene capacitors, highly suited to filtering and tuning audio circuitry.
  • The active gain stage in the Sequel mk4 uses the low-noise LM4562 dual-channel Operational-Amplifier, which has ideal noise and input impedance
  • performance to match Moving Magnet amplification requirements.
  • The Link PCB is a small printed circuit board, with 5 pin connector that bridges in the signal from line input 1 to the main pre-amp. It must be manually removed to allow the Sequel circuit board to be plugged in.
  • RIAA stands for The Recording Industry Association of America®. This is the body that determines the frequency pre-emphasis and de-emphasis characteristics of most vinyl disc recordings.

Specifications

  • Input Impedance 47k Ohms
  • Cartridge compatibility Medium to high output range MM, from 2.2mV to 6.5mV
  • Power output @ 1% THD >120 Watts into 8 Ohms, both channels driven (31V RMS)
    Low output MM or high output MC cartridges from 0.8mV to 2.2mV - 47k Ohms input impedance only
  • Frequency Response 10 Hz to 20 kHz +/- 0.5dB
  • Signal to noise ratio >80dB at 40dB gain or >70dB at 50dB gain
  • THD <0.005%
  • Maximum output 10V RMS, limited by its regulated power supply voltage
  • Switchable options Piano key (DIP) switch on-board selects the following
  • Gain 1 40dB (x100) for medium to high output MM
  • Gain 2 50dB (316) for high output MC and low output MM
  • Capacitance 100pF or 200pF
  • Low Frequency filter RIAA flat or IEC low frequency 20Hz roll-off (7950 µs)

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