PS Audio Nuwave

Phono Stage

Midland HiFi Studio - Key Information



Not only a great sounding

phono stage but

also a studio quality

analogue to digital decoder

offering record vinyl to computer


Overview & Features

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 PC

Technical Specification


Unit Weight

14 lbs [6.4 kg]


Unit Dimensions

14” x 8.3” x 2.4” [ 36cm x 21cm x 6.1cm]


Shipping Weight

20 lbs [9.1 kg]


Shipping Dimensions

22.5”x 13” x 6” [57cm x 33cm x 15cm]


Power requirements

Input Power

Model specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz


Power Consumption



Phono Audio Input


RCA (X2)


Cartridge type

Moving Coil or Moving Magnet


Cartridge Output

(5cm/s) 0.5mV to 220mV


Cartridge load impedance

60Ω(80nF),100Ω(47nF),160Ω(33nF), 600Ω(8.0nF), 1.0KΩ(4.7nF), 1.6KΩ(3.3nF), 50KΩ(100pF), 100KΩ(47pF)


Analog Audio Inputs


RCA (X2)


Input level

3.15 Vrms (+10dBV) maximum


Input impedance



Analog Audio Output


RCA/XLR Unbalanced /Balanced (X2)


Output level, nominal (@ rated cartridge input)

1.0 VRMS (0dBV)/2.0 VRMS (+6dBV)


Output level, maximum

3.15 Vrms (+10dBV)/6.3 VRMS (+16dBV)


Output Impedance



Frequency Response

THD (5.0) 0.03%

(Balanced, +6dBV, 1KHz)


Signal to Noise Ratio (MM-5.0mV)

87dB (Balanced output, referenced to +6dBV nominal output level A Weighted)


Signal to Noise Ratio (MC-0.6mV)

72dB (Balanced output, referenced to +6dBV nominal output level A Weighted)


Equivalent input noise (maximum gain)



Signal to Noise Ratio (Auxiliary analog input)

107dB (Balanced output, referenced to +6dBV nominal output level A Weighted)


A/D Converter




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 rate

5.6MHz, Constant rate cannot be changed


Analog Conversion method

Delta Sigma (DSD) multi-bit


S/PDIF Digital Output


RCA (Coax)






PCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)


I2S Digital Output







USB Digital Output


USB “B” Type



PCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)


Transfer mode