3 Reasons You May Want a Step up Transformer You own a very low or very high output MC cartridge. Your cartridge Loading/Gain is difficult to match on your current system. You own more MC cartridges than MM and don’t want to buy another phonostage. Why You Need a Phonostage with a Step up Transformer A step up transformer does not have the RIAA curve equalizer. It doesn’t have power either. It goes between your turntable and your phono preamp. Why a Phonostage is So Important When a vinyl record is made the volume of the bass is reduced and the treble is increased. Otherwise, the bass would cut a groove too big for a stylus to read or for the music to fit the record. The phonostage reverses the process by taking the delicate signal from your cartridge and adjusting it so that the bass and treble are restored to their original volume. This common standard is known as the RIAA curve. Mono and 40 adjustments in Stereo. It’s flexible to allow you to control the 4 step up ratios/gain settings, each having 10 load positions. Designed with the highest quality MC transformers. They are quiet, with extra shielding and large enough with the multiple windings to handle even your high output cartridges. It’s easy to use as all the adjustments are on the front, nothing is hidden inside. All adjustments can be done on the “fly” without clicks or pops. No math skills are required; it’s just you and your ears. Enough adjustments to tailor it specifically to your cartridge or your next one. Works with any standard MM input on any phonostage. Designed to reduce “Hum” with 2 ground lift switches and 2 ground binding posts. The Mono switch is specifically designed to reduce “Hum” in your Mono cartridge. A unique feature of the Mono switch is it takes a single input and sends to both outputs. It’s quiet, with extensive grounding in the circuit design and enclosure. RCA connectors are high quality, Gold plated, recessed with an isolated ground. Recessed RCA connectors are durable and will hold up to the typical Audiophile who loves to change their configuration. Elegantly designed 18 gauge steel enclosure to help isolate the electronic “chatter” from nearby equipment. Easy to read large type on back panel. Each unit is hand built “Made in the USA”.