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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

  • 15W


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

  • 47KΩ


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

  • 100Ω/200Ω


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)

  • <200nV


Signal to Noise Ratio (Auxiliary analog input)

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


A/D Converter


  • PCM 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 rate

  • 5.6MHz, Constant rate cannot be changed


Analog Conversion method

  • Delta Sigma (DSD) multi-bit


S/PDIF Digital Output


  • RCA (Coax)



  • 75Ω



  • PCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)


I2S Digital Output


  • HDMI



  • PCM or DSD


USB Digital Output


  • USB “B” Type



  • PCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)


Transfer mode

  • Asynchronous