Spartan 10 phonostage
With the first batch of 10 units out on demo duty or in the hands of customers, the Classic Audio Spartan 10 phonostage is being tremendously well received by its first users. Not only does it have a spec that breezily wipes the floor with all other MM stages in its price range and well above, but also features an entirely original design that includes low frequency crossfeed, a mono switch, uncompensated low distortion input amplifiers for 0.0007% THD throughout the audio band, ±0.1dB RIAA accuracy, and an ultra-flat subsonic filter that stops subsonic disturbances from not only getting through to the output, but also from eating into the final headroom of the phonostage.
Spartan 10, second batch model
The first batch of Spartan 10 phonostages have now either been sold or are doing the rounds as demo units, all to a happy reception. Classic Audio is now busy working on the second run of units which will total 45 and, if all goes to plan, will be available from the end of January 2022.
The second batch of Spartan 10s will be sold at a price of £350 plus the cost of P&P and a suitable power supply. Buyers can source the latter themselves if they wish to, or Classic Audio Ltd. can provide a UK type PSU.
A quick testimonial
Michael Higgins bought the third production Spartan 10, after a recommendation from the owner of the first one, and hasn't looked back...
Spartan 10, serial number 003 after delivery
The Spartan 10 is an extremely well engineered phono stage far exceeding its modest price tag.
I have owned & reviewed many phono stages, however the S10 is quite unique with its incomparable sound stage, clarity & separation. The higher frequency definition is just exquisit, presenting percussion, instruments & vocals in what I can only describe as aural perfection.
The level of customer service I have received from Classic Audio before & after purchasing the S10 has been second to none, Michael is an absolute pleasure to deal with & if you haven't yet purchased a Spartan 10, the only question I would have to ask you is "Why not?"
Michael Higgins, Somerset.