JENS Phono Stage Preamplifier
"Let the Music Play"
Jens is a dream. An enchanted nostalgic love – vinyl, the record, the stylus in the groove, spinning that sweet music.
It took seven years to realize the dream. Jens was a whisper, a rumour, something extraordinary was happening, something was being born. Finally we brought Jens, one of the finest phono stages ever created, into the light.
Building Jens was hard.
Because the output from a fine moving coil cartridge is in the microvolt range the amplification factor is very large – perhaps a thousand times or more. Any electrical interference entering the system, or any noise from the unit’s internal circuitry may enter the amplification stage to swamp parts of the signal, and if we lose even a tiny part of that it is guaranteed that we have lost essential musical cues, inflexions, subtleties and micro data from the recording which can place us back in that moment, in that concert hall or recording studio. We don’t want this. We want to hear everything.
The key is silence. Jens is a void, a black backdrop against which the music, the event, the performance, spirals out of the groove. The legend is here. Re-discovering your treasured vinyl collection with Jens in charge is a joy like no other. Priceless times, to be enjoyed over and over.
With Jens we thought long and hard about dynamics, the light and shade of music, the entire range of sounds from the subtlest spatial cues to the loudest timpani rolls, trumpet fortissimi and power chords.
Dynamic range can be an issue for vinyl, compared to newer formats, but it really depends on the quality of mastering. A well recorded, well mastered LP will leave nothing to be desired with Jens in the replay chain. You may discover a new confidence and wonder in the power of vinyl to seduce and startle by turns. Jens holds it all in perfect equilibrium. Sit back, enjoy.
Jens is the ultimate tribute to our precious heritage of vinyl recordings; special, unique times, locked into a curling trace, in a black disc, now revealed by Jens at a new level of detail, coherence and musicality.
Jens. Let the music play.
In keeping with the philosophy of a product whose job is to sonically ‘disappear’, to be as transparent as possible, Jens partakes of a pared back, minimalist, clean aesthetic. It shares the Merrill Audio design dna with its beautifully finished sultry rose gold fascia. Gently radiused and with purposeful depth and weight, it forms an attractive contrast with the mid-dark finished solid steel chassis. A deeply recessed center window encloses the amplifier’s clear and easy to read information panel with its soft blue LEDs that can be brightness adjusted or turned off. Its name is proudly engraved top right in an elegant curling script.
The Jens reference phone stage exudes class, quality and the sense of quiet authority. It sits at the heart of the system and controls everything with masterful grace and poise, feeding the preamplifier the precious musical signal with our class leading speed and control.
Jens has 70db of headroom to accommodate any moving coil cartridge, even the most exotic. Selectable loading from 25 ohms to 5 kilohms. Best in class headroom for fast, accurate and wide dynamics. Ultra quiet external power supply. Better than 0.1db RIAA equalization. Single ended inputs.