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FOR SALE: Aesthetix Io Signature Phono Stage with Volume Controls and Dual Power Supplies
This Aesthetix Io Signature is an all-tube phono stage suitable for the most demanding cartridges including low-output moving coils with an output stage capable of directly driving any power amplifier. The Signature version implements exotic and expensive coupling capacitors and other critical parts to bring the performance to a higher level of resolution and transparency than the MK II version. The newer Eclipse version takes this to an even further level and this unit is fully upgradeable to the Eclipse.
The second power supply option provided in this unit makes the Io pure dual mono, all the way down to the AC wall connection with world class dynamics and headroom. When I talked with Jim White, the designer, about the sonic impact of adding the second power supply, Jim said:
Adding the second supply improves the sound in the following ways:
.. Added space
.. Improved macro dynamics
.. Improved micro dynamics
.. Blacker background
.. Greater ease to the sound, less strained
All of the above have proved to be true in our listening to the amazing phono stage.
The volume controls are dual mono and identical to those in the Callisto linestage. Each volume control consists of four silver contact Shallco 46 position switches ganged together in a unique configuration. Each switch consists of 46 Roederstein resistors for a total of 184 Roederstein resistors per channel! A line level auxiliary input is provided, suitable for a CD player or other line-level source.
My wife and I are the original owners of this unit, serial number 1507, and it has been well cared for in our smoke-free home. We directly drive our large OTL amplifiers from the Io Signature with outstanding results. The cosmetic and operating condition is excellent.
We are selling this phono stage only because we are downsizing and our new residence will not allow our vinyl to come with us. We've already sold my several thousand records and our turntable. It is now time to let go this phono stage that we have so much enjoyed. And you will too!
Oct 13, 18 18:09
I AM AWAY FOR A FEW DAYS - I can reply to emails and will be happy to answer questions, but any final arrangements for pickup or shipping will have to wait until my return home on October 22.
This ad was originally posted on US Audio Mart and the seller ships to Canada, and the United States.
Power umbilical cables, three original shipping boxes. The unit ships in three boxes of about 35-45 pounds each. The shipping dimensions shown above are PER BOX. Because of this, the shipping estimator may not provide an accurate estimate. The cost of shipping is not included in the asking price. Local pickup available.