Unusual:Head-Amp for MC Cartridge?
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Am I reading this right? A head-phone amp for a moving-coil cartridge? If so this may be good for someone(?)

The website Mactone isn't overly informative. Anyway this is the HA-6 .

 
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They don't actually mean head as in headphone.This type of amp is usually used to amplify the MC cart signal so it can be feed into a MM phono stage instead of using a step up transformer.
 
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OK. I thought something was amiss.
Thanks Rob N
 
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But, I think you COULD try using a headphone amp to add some gain to the signal, but it wouldn't sound good. You need to have a RIAA or other equalization filter to add bass. The input and output impedances probably wouldn't match will with the equipment either.
 
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Quote:

Originally posted by Rob N
They don't actually mean head as in headphone.This type of amp is usually used to amplify the MC cart signal so it can be feed into a MM phono stage instead of using a step up transformer.


I don't think it's a step-up transformer replacement - 10 dB of gain would be enough for that. That thingy is supposed to have 30 dB, enough for a real mc phono preamp... I guess, for them mc head just means the same as mc pickup.

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Quote:

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... I guess, for them mc head just means the same as mc pickup.


Maybe. It is a Japanese website/product/english translation.
 
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Quote:

Originally posted by Rob N
They don't actually mean head as in headphone.This type of amp is usually used to amplify the MC cart signal so it can be feed into a MM phono stage instead of using a step up transformer.


I've seen things fitting Rob N's description. When I was a newbie I was almost driven nuts by a preamp that had an RCA out labelled head amp. It was for a MC-MM stage.
 
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Quote:

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I was almost driven nuts by a preamp that had an RCA out labelled head amp.


Funny!
 
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I'm pretty sure they're called head amps because they're a-HEAD of the preamp, which is ahead of the amp... the head-amp is at the head of a three-amplifier chain in other words.

They are also known as MC amps, MC phono stages and pre-preamps.

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