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Music First Audio’s and Longdog Audio's Reference Moving Magnet Phono Amplifier: First Thing's First - The Audiophile Man
A product of Music First Audio’s Jonathan Billington and Longdog Audio’s Nick Gorham, Paul Rigby reviews the Music First Audio Reference Moving Magnet Phono Amplifier In the same way that the integrated amplifier was conceptually divided into a pre-amp and two monoblocks to minimise noise and improve sound, Music First and Longdog have produced a phono amp consisting of a MM-supporting phono amp, a separate power supply and, to enable Moving Coil use, the option to buy the already established Music First Moving Coil Cartridge Step-Up unit. Billington adopted a football metaphor to emphasise his view of the final layout, “You want the worlds best defence, midfield and attackers. You won’t find one player who is brilliant at all three roles. You perfect each part of the system and the system is the perfect team.” For the new dual box phono amp, the Music First and Longdog ‘team’ combined a new RIAA module, combining Music First Audio inductors and new electronics from Longdog, “My part includes two wire-wound inductors, large and small,” said Billington. “For the latter, I’ve used an air core inductor. Many inductors need a ferrite or metal core. I managed to squeeze enough turns of copper wire …