Edwards Audio Apprentice MM

The Edwards Audio Apprentice MM phono stage is derived from the popular Edwards Audio MM1 and uses a similar circuit topology with passive treble and active bass equalisation.

Unusually at this price level it uses a second stage amplifier to buffer the equalisation network and ensure a low output impedance.

It uses our new custom made single rail DC regulated analogue power supply. The case is made from a simple cost saving steel double U construction, removing the need for an expensive extrusion. It is completed with a stylish 3mm black acrylic front panel.

As far as the all important sonic performance is concerned, with its near silent noise floor and 42dB gain the Apprentice MM will not leave you disappointed, unlike most at this price level that we have listened to. We rate its performance at around 85% that of the MM1 which, at around half the price, makes it a true audiophile bargain. It is ideally suited for the customer who is either on a budget or uses a turntable such as the Apprentice TT.

Reviewed in Hi-Fi Choice by David Price, the Edwards Audio Apprentice MM was awarded Five Stars.

Edwards Audio Apprentice MM
Max Input MM 75mV
Gain 42dB MM
THD Distortion <0.01% 1kHz
Signal to noise ratio (MM) 5mV A Wtd 83dB
RIAA accuracy within 0.5dB
Stereo separation better than 66dB – 20-20kHz
Input Loading MM 47K with 150pF
Dynamic Range >110dB
Output impedance Max output level 7.5V RMS depending upon input
Dimensions WxHxL 114.5mm x 47.5mm x 160mm
Weight 1Kg
Power consumption 1.5W