Channel D Updates Seta Piccola Phono Preamplifier to Mk2

Pure Vinyl™ and Pure Music® developer Channel D recently announced an update to its Seta Piccola phono preamplifier. The new Mk2 features a series of component improvements aimed it further improving its moving coil cartridge performance.

The Mk2 has a measured 5dB improvement in signal to noise ratio plus "vanishingly low harmonic and intermodulation distortion" numbers, the company claims.

The MM/MC compatible Mk2 also expands gain setting range. MC gain is now 55, 58, 61, 64, 67 and 70dB. MM gain is 32, 35, 38 and 41dB. Loading options are 100, 200, 500, 2000, and 47kOhms. plus various capacity loading options for MM. Plug in options allow users to choose any values.

The Mk2 now includes standard the previously optional TRIM feature for precision adjustment of cartridge channel balance plus new front panel indicators that display the rechargeable battery's status. Ultra-high quality parts are used throughout.

Though the Seta Piccola is designed specifically to interface with Channel D's vinyl ripping software that records "flat" and applies RIAA (or one of dozens of selectable curves) in the digital domain, an optional RIAA module is also available. Inputs and outputs are fully balanced, with a single-ended RCA input also provided and selectable via an internally mounted jumper.

The Seta Piccola Mk2 costs $2199 (including the former $99 TRIM option), which is a $200 increase over the original Piccola's price. For an additional $249 the Piccola can be had with the optional RIAA circuit.

Analogplanet's review will be posted as soon as possible.