Product Summary:The Akiko Audio Phono Booster uniquely lowers the noise floor in your phono signal, without using electrical components or active power filtering. Reducing very high-frequency noise in your tonearm/cartridge and phono preamplifier renders your music more naturally and cleanly, leading to a very pleasant music rendition throughout the audio spectrum.... Click To Read More
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Akiko Audio – Phono Booster
The Akiko Audio Phono Booster uniquely lowers the noise floor in your phono signal, without using electrical components or active power filtering. Reducing very high-frequency noise in your tonearm/cartridge and phono preamplifier renders your music more naturally and cleanly, leading to a very pleasant music rendition throughout the audio spectrum.
A turntable setup is extremely sensitive to noise generated from contaminated electricity and high-frequency radiation. Then consider the tremendous electro-static field that builds up as the stylus meets the record surface and how atmospheric conditions during certain times of the year make this much worse. You go to great lengths and cost with an analog setup, so information from the record groove shouldn’t be polluted with high-frequency noise.
Inside the Phono Booster are two compartments with a special formulation of natural materials joined together with internal wiring. The content is stabilized with special black resin, which suppresses microphonic effects. The case is made of thick aluminum and has an input connection at the back. Hide the device behind your turntable and connect the spade connector to the earth/ground fitting on your phono preamplifier (or if the earth jack is not available, the ground of your tonearm).
Which improvements can you expect?
- A more honest and nuanced presentation.
- Improved phono amplifier performance, from reduced ground noise.
- Remarkable improvements to voices and acoustic instruments.
- Increase in spaciousness and micro dynamics: it sounds livelier!
- Music becomes more pleasurable as listening fatigue is reduced.
- In addition, more small details become audible and more emotion is communicated in your records.
“Over the years we auditioned many accessories that where advertised as sound improving, class lifting or even pure magic. Some were much ado about nothing but never with devices from the Dutch father/son initiative Akiko Audio. Their Tuning Sticks, Triple AC Enhancer and more recent Corelli Power Conditioner simply work.”
“the cleaning action of all Akiko Audio products we’d tested thus far is effective was a given to us by now. The proof is simple. Just remove the stick or enhancer. After a few minutes—the effect is not instantaneous—the sound alters. During those few minutes when the pollution builds up again, the listener gets back to the previous listening reality.”
“the openness was further enhanced while the rough edges on the high transients of the drums were gone.”
“the orchestra had a much more realistic size, not so much in width but depth. Though the pressing of the final recording of the late Canadian bard is not his best, it too gained in quality with the Booster cleaning up things on the phono ground.”
“the master bassist’s trio seemed to better timed between each other. Previously with this album, we noticed at times a wandering off where things got blurry. Now with the little Dutch box in place, the trio sounded more alert and as listeners, we felt less distracted from the music because the timing was better.”
“Cleaning up the ground on sensitive equipment that must detect very small voltage differences like in a phono stage proved to be important. These signal voltages are magnitudes smaller than the power voltages of the same phono stage. After separating signal ground and chassis ground from power ground, cleaning up the signal ground improved the sound quality notably.”
Mono and Stereo Review
- Dimensions: 98 mm x 65 mm x 39 mm (Length x Width x Height).
- Weight: 430 gram.
- All soldering is done with Silver Solder.
- Gold plated Hirschmann 4mm banana socket.
- 60 cm Connection cable included.
- The Akiko Audio Phono Booster is Hand Made.
- 10 years factory warranty.