PS Audio Nu Wave Phono Converter

SKU: 3549 Category:


Take the best analog phono preamplifier we know how to make, combine it with a state-of-the-art Analog To Digital Converter, place them both in a hand crafted chassis, add a massive power supply, provide fully balanced class A analog outputs as well as multiple digital outputs including DSD and PCM and you have the NuWave Phono Converter.

Our expertise comes from building purist analog phono preamplifiers since 1974 and, in 1985, inventing and delivering the first high-end audio DAC in our industry.

And it is with this background of design experience and innovation that we address today’s need for a no-compromise device that bridges the gap between the very best analog and digital audio systems. The PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter.

Use the NPC as your analog source feeding any DAC or preamplifier. Archive your analog collection of vinyl, tape or simply enjoy your records without compromise. Analog, DSD, PCM, the NPC has it all.

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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

Connector RCA (X2)
Cartridge type Moving Coil or Moving Magnet
Cartridge Output (5cm/s) 0.5mV to 220mV
Cartridge load impedance 60?(80nF), 100?(47nF), 160?(33nF), 600?(8.0nF), 1.0K?(4.7nF), 1.6K?(3.3nF), 50K?(100pF), 100K?(47pF)

Analog Audio Inputs

Connector RCA (X2)
Input level 3.15 Vrms (+10dBV) maximum
Input impedance 47K?

Analog Audio Output

Connector 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 100?/200?

Frequency Response

THD (5.0) 0.03%
(Balanced, +6dBV, 1KHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio
(Balanced output, referenced to +6dBV nominal output level A Weighted)
Signal to Noise Ratio
(Balanced output, referenced to +6dBV nominal output level A Weighted)
Equivalent input noise (maximum gain) <200nV
Signal to Noise Ratio
(Auxiliary analog input)
(Balanced output, referenced to +6dBV nominal output level A Weighted)

A/D Converter

Format 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

Connector RCA (Coax)
Impedance 75?
Format PCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)

I2S Digital Output

Connector HDMI
Format PCM or DSD

USB Digital Output

Connector USB “B” Type
Format PCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)
Transfer mode Asynchronous