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Digital Subscriptions > Long Live Vinyl > Mar 2019 > CAMBRIDGE AUDIO DUO


Bridging the gap between turntable and amp, this feature-packed phono stage would be a worthy component of any vinyl lover’s setup. Jason Kennedy lends an ear


£249 020 7940 2200

The Duo is compatible with both MM and MC phono cartridges

Last time I visited Cambridge Audio’s London HQ, they had a direct-drive turntable in development. This is probably the most difficult way to build a turntable and thus a technical challenge, which might explain why the finished product has yet to come to market nearly a year later. What they have delivered, though, is a pair of phono stages for use with almost any cartridge; the Solo is a moving magnet (MM) only stage at £149 and the Duo has inputs for both MM and moving coil (MC) cartridges. This is not all that distinguishes the Duo both from its sibling and other phono stages; very few of the genre have a built-in headphone amplifier and associated volume control, that’s what the knob on the front is for.

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