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NuWave Phono Converter

Our best analog phono stage ever! Plus, a built in state-of-the-art ADC

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Take the best analog phono preamplifier we know how to make, combine it with a state-of-the-art Analog To Digital Converter, place them both in a hand crafted chassis, add a massive power supply, provide fully balanced class A analog outputs as well as multiple digital outputs including DSD and PCM and you have the NuWave Phono Converter.

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NuWave Phono Preamplifier

Product Description

“I can’t think of any product that impressed me as much… Review unit = purchased!” John Darko, DAR.

PS Audio’s NuWave Phono Converter (NPC) is a new category that combines a state-of-the-art analog phono preamplifier and analog DSD/PCM converter together in a world’s first. This is high resolution audio at its best. The NPC is a no-compromise approach to vinyl and analog reproduction in a high end audio system. The NPC accepts inputs from any analog source from tuners to turntables.

“The sound is divine!” Karl Sigman, Audiophilia

This means users can input anything from an iPod to a $100,000 turntable setup, connecting the output of the NPC directly to a DAC, computer or preamplifier. Once connected, you can play vinyl discs or any analog source either directly into your preamplifier, through the NPC’s analog outputs, or DAC through the NPC’s multiple asynchronous digital outputs. You can also connect the NPC to your computer and RIP (record) to your heart’s content in either double DSD or 192kHz 24 bit PCM.

This is the device you need if you’re going to build a library. The NPC produces both DSD and PCM from its digital outputs and high resolution fully balanced analog from its audio outputs. Use the NPC as the vinyl heart of your purely analog setup or digital setup. Either way, albums and analog sources of all types come alive with the NuWave Phono Converter.

  • Our best analog phono stage ever
  • Full featured Analog to Digital Converter
  • High resolution balanced or single ended analog outputs for phono
  • High resolution asynchronous DSD and PCM outputs from A/D
  • 1 stereo analog input from any source such as a tuner
  • 1 stereo phono input
  • Accepts low output moving coil cartridges (0.5mv)
  • Moving magnet cartridges
  • Passive RIAA curve
  • Resistive cartridge load selector
  • Mono or stereo select
  • 100% pure analog path for the phono stage
  • Gain select from the front panel
  • Asynchronous digital output to 192kHz 24 bit
  • Asynchronous DSD output at 64X and 128X
  • Polarity invert function
  • XLR, RCA analog outputs
  • S/PDIF, I2S, USB digital outputs
  • 80kHz bandwidth on A/D Converter
  • A/D sample rate 352.8kHz
  • DoP protocols for DSD
  • Massive power supply
  • Front panel OLED display
  • RIP to either Mac or PC in DSD or PCM
  • Build a library of your vinyl, tape or from radio broadcasts
  • Record live events or even studio work without compromise
  • Play live into any DAC with DSD or PCM

Digital Audio Review

By John H. Darko

"I try to resist enthusing in such blatant terms but PS Audio's NPC is one heck of a product. - I can't think of any product that impressed me as much in all of 2013. Review unit = purchased!"

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The Absolute Sound

By Anthony H. Cordesman

"PS Audio's NuWave Phono Converter is truly an innovative product with great sound and value for the money. A real pleasure to revieweven if it does suck me into making digital copies of my LPs! "

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Digital Audio Review

By John H. Darko, 22.11.2013

"I should take a moment to point out that I found the NPC to be an excellent sounding phono stage in its own right. Just how good is beyond the scope of this review…"

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Karl Sigman

it can dramatically simplify/streamline your audio system and do so without (in my opinion) losing quality of sound: it helps rid us of this ‘analog versus digital’ controversy, and does so in a way that can satisfy both sides of the aisle — I now have a wonderful VPI turntable and can use it on my system; I can play vinyl again without going thru all the additional hoops, hurdles and cost of analog only -- and the sound is divine.

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Stereo Times

By Frank Alles

"When I first received the PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter I was thinking that it would have a well-performing phono section and a recording feature I would have little use for. As it turns out, I was half rightthe phono stage sounds quite impressive as I outlined above, but I really got into the recording side of it much more than I ever thought I would. Once I listened and heard how great the recordings turned out and that I could remove the ticks and pops, separate the tracks, and use the files on any computer or to make high-quality CD's, I was like a kid who just found a great new toy. And I intend to party onand twist again, like I did last summer!"

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Eins Null

By Christian Rechenbach

Die Spaltung von High-End-Audio in zwei Lager gibt es seit dem Erscheinen der CD. Nun hat sich aber auf dem digitalen Sektor einiges getan, so dass man als analoger Musikfreund ruhig auch mal auf die andere Seite schauen könnte. Bisher gab‘s da komischerweise wenig Spannendes, was die Koexistenz beider Medien zu hundert Prozent rechtfertigen könnte

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Net Audio

By Tsunoda-San

Japanese magazine Net Audio publishes a pure Japanese language review of both DirectStream and the NuWave Phono Converter.

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Unit Weight14 lbs [6.4 kg]
Unit Dimensions14” x 8.3” x 2.4” [ 36cm x 21cm x 6.1cm]
Shipping Weight20 lbs [9.1 kg]
Shipping Dimensions22.5”x 13” x 6” [57cm x 33cm x 15cm]

Power requirements

Input PowerModel specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption15W

Phono Audio Input

Connector RCA (X2)
Cartridge typeMoving Coil or Moving Magnet
Cartridge Output (5cm/s)0.5mV to 220mV
Cartridge load impedance60Ω(80nF), 100Ω(47nF), 160Ω(33nF), 600Ω(8.0nF), 1.0KΩ(4.7nF), 1.6KΩ(3.3nF), 50KΩ(100pF), 100KΩ(47pF)

Analog Audio Inputs

Connector RCA (X2)
Input level3.15 Vrms (+10dBV) maximum
Input impedance 47KΩ

Analog Audio Output

Connector RCA/XLR Unbalanced /Balanced (X2)
Output level, nominal
(@ rated cartridge input)
1.0 VRMS (0dBV)/2.0 VRMS (+6dBV)
Output level, maximum3.15 Vrms (+10dBV)/6.3 VRMS (+16dBV)
Output Impedance100Ω/200Ω

Frequency Response

THD (5.0)0.03%
(Balanced, +6dBV, 1KHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio
(Balanced output, referenced to +6dBV nominal output level A Weighted)
Signal to Noise Ratio
(Balanced output, referenced to +6dBV nominal output level A Weighted)
Equivalent input noise (maximum gain)<200nV
Signal to Noise Ratio
(Auxiliary analog input)
(Balanced output, referenced to +6dBV nominal output level A Weighted)

A/D Converter

FormatPCM or DSD
Sample rate (PCM)44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Word length (PCM)16b, 18b, 20b, 24b
Data rate (DSD)Standard (2.8MHz) or Double (5.6MHz)
Input aliasing filter-3dB 80kHz
Single pole 6dB/octave
Input sample rate5.6MHz
Constant rate cannot be changed
Analog Conversion methodDelta Sigma (DSD) multi-bit

S/PDIF Digital Output

ConnectorRCA (Coax)
FormatPCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)

I2S Digital Output

FormatPCM or DSD

USB Digital Output

ConnectorUSB “B” Type
FormatPCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)
Transfer modeAsynchronous


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