Musical Fidelity V-LPS II + V PSUS in the Test

The phono stage V-LPS II by musical fidelity offers various options for upgrading. stereoplay took the three variants under the magnifying glass.

Anthony Michaelson is a dazzling figure in the audio industry. And this not only therefore determined, because the Chief of musical fidelity is a gifted clarinet player. Also his changes of opinion are legendary. As he defended the conviction that the devices only in blunt, black paint may come at the start of the affordable V-series vehemently. This simple exterior show that you get much sound quality for the money. A few years later the V-II series with shiny brushed aluminium profiles may attract the eye. This can be the customer but only as long as saving not inside and thus on the sound – or musical fidelity raises the price.

When the external phono stage V-LPS II, this is not the case. By changing the distribution, your price even on 150 euros has fallen, while the predecessor, the stereoplay highlight V-LPS, went for 165 euros on the shop counters. What remains is the option to supply the small box of MF with an external power supply V-PSU II. And because stereoplay II had had good experiences with the add-on for 190 euro with V-DAC converter brother, a V-PSU was ordered II without further ADO to. The power supply can provide up to three devices. So, it is possible to close an additional V-LPS II to buy his own amp per channel. Therefore, ultimately the test turned.
But first, we want to take a look inside the shiny treasure boxes and look, whether in comparison to its predecessor something has happened. The answer is Yes, but only marginally. Because the basic concept according to the, an OP-chip per channel acquires MM amplification and RIAA equalisation, characterized the version II. While the same proven type of chip is the NE 5534 used, and equalization sits in the feedback.
A component difference there but MC to announce, pushbutton the MM level switched before that. Two parallel transistors in an OP housing (SSM 2210) received the fine MC signals, in the V-LPS Michaelson retained the principle of circuit for the successor, it carried out but with two separate transistors (ZTX 457). The following counter clock level remained the same with complementary NPN/PNP couples (ZTX 457, ZTX 757). Unfortunately the analog friend can once again make no change of the input values. These values are very practical to compensate and V-LPS fit so many pickups. Wie already its predecessor behaved on their price range also the version II for measurements in the stereoplay TEST factory beyond exemplary. As with MM standard pickup like with MC resulted in balanced frequency response. Even the noise remained encouragingly low in the always critical MC operation; even in quiet passages there had not striking effect. Therefore fit also sound boxes with lower output voltage to the V-LPS II. musical delights

Best conditions for the listening test so stereoplay with a turntable performed acoustic signature storm anniversary. First, II against its predecessor of V-LPS and in MM mode was able to prove the V-LPS. This mounted we stereoplay highlight and fairly typical MM system reson Reca.Der difference between the two sister-amp remained but vanishingly small. No more than a touch more treble sparkle and minimally more fine detail could we attest the V-LPS II. However, unlike the sound increase the V-PSU power supply II brought: feeling quite stole the audience, here, someone would have to shut a Turbo. Large Orchestra inserts came over much more powerfully and kicking. Who now feared that the combination would go finer points under the carpet, saw his concerns in small ensembles such as Bonnie “Prince” Billy & the Cairo gang (“the wonder show of The World”, Domino of records) scattered. Here, the American singer-songwriter Will Oldham sang even more empathetic and more, the guitars were still delicate and the rustling of the snare broom multinomial. With V-PSU II not called the V-LPS II only the more expensive Clearaudio smartphono (320 euros) out, she overtook them at all.

The smartphono although vehemently defended himself with pressure full bass and used direct imaging, but against the richness of timbre and the joy of playing, as well as the musical fidelity combination had the advanced dynamic No Chance. Diese let qualities as to understand when the reference MC pickup delivered Lyra Atlas the Groove information. In MC, a small improvement over the V-LPS noticed without the add-on power supply. Fine overtones on the new of better integrated into the overall sound, and the tone was slightly more powerful. There was a sound point.

Could a second V-LPS onto Pack II something to the already exhilarating duo with the V-PSU II? To resolve this issue, we used II only the right input and output for each V-LPS, so that both channels were treated equally. Here too there was a surprise. Das trio the soundstage sparked even more from the speakers, conjured up more in the listening room instruments and digested large dynamic attacks yet relaxed. So it played the Trichord Dino in the League. The stereoplay highlight painted while with slightly warmer colors; more empathetic but seemed the trio of musical Fidelity. Egal in which stage – the V-LPS II is a stereoplay highlight.


II by musical fidelity underestimate it by no means should the inexpensive phono stage V-LPS. She is a very hot choice for MM – as well as for MC-tone cans. The pleasure can be enhanced even more with the V-PSU II. Was born out of the fun, the idea of equal two V-LPS this external power supply to connect II, rather the convincing result showed how much actually inside the small silver case Sonic potential.