“You get a piece that has been superbly made with real attention to detail, the mute button is a god send. You get excellent sound across the board from audiophile recordings to modern compressed recordings and everything in the middle. If you have the money and are looking you owe it to yourself to give this a try. If you end up getting one, it might even outlast you, they are that well made. The current retail is £1995 which considering the Euro price offered on the continent seems very competitive and I am told can’t stay this low forever.”(Hifiwigwam review)
[다음은 2013년 3월 외국 오디오 리뷰 사이트 Dagogo에 실린 리뷰 중에서 일부를 발췌햔 내용입니다]
The Allnic H 1201 is a tube phono stage with a resistor/capacitor-based RIAA circuit. It has four Mullard E180CC tubes, which are mounted in Allnic owner, Kang Su Park’s patented anti microphonic tube sockets. It uses the same four gain level step-up transformers as the $11,900 Allnic H-3000 phono stage, providing an additional 22, 26, 28 and 32dB of gain on top of the H1201’s 40dB. This means for moving coil users, 62, 66, 68 or 72dB gain is available.
I ran the H-1201 mostly with the line stage of my Shindo Giscours and the sound was wonderfully musical. First, the H-1201 is far more dynamic than the 1200 and nearly as dynamic as the 3000. Second, compared to the 1200, it has better low-level detail, more specific imaging, and the soundstage is considerably more realistic. There is constantly a deeper and more vivid sense of the three-dimensionality in the soundstage. Last, I would like to point out how quiet this unit is; in fact, it may be the quietest phono stage I have heard. The Allnic uses tubes with frame grids and Mr. Parks’ gel, floating, isolating tube sockets, which I suspect contributes to the special quietness of this unit.
The H-1201 isn’t a giant slayer if you’re comparing it to phono stages over $10,000, but if you’re comparing it to phono stages under $10,000 it just might be. I have to admit I was quite taken with this little phono stage. It’s well built, looks great, is flexible when it comes to matching cartridges, and best of all – it sounds great!
“Over almost three months with the H-1201 I listened to many more albums and numerous musical genres, from Radiohead and Led Zeppelin to Miles Davis and Ernest Ansermet. The descriptions above are examples of moments when the H-1201 excelled. In summary, I feel that its strengths are obvious and consistent. It has very good midrange performance. It has decent dynamics, although not in the same class as the H-3000V. It’s quiet. Park has succeeded in building a small phono amp with low microphonics. It is coherent, musical and warm. It sits comfortably in the Allnic Audio family of fine audio products and is, in its own right, a very good phono amplifier.“(Enjoythemusic.com review)
[다음은 2018년 7월 외국 오디오 리뷰 사이트 AudioBeat에 실린 리뷰 중에서 일부를 발췌햔 내용입니다]
The higher-end Allnic phono stages are well known for their inductance-capacitance-resistance (LCR) networks for RIAA equalization, which Kang Su Park of Allnic designed from the ground up. Much more common across the audio industry is the use of a capacitance/resistance (CR) network. The H-1201 uses one of these. An LCR network has much lower impedance — 600 ohms, with a mere 13 ohms series impedance — and lower signal loss than with a CR network, but it’s much more costly to design and implement — considerations when you’re trying to design to a particular price point, as Kang Su Park has done with the H-1201.
As with all Allnic products, the H-1201 uses Permalloy transformers and has top-mounted knobs on those transformers allowing four different voltage gains: +22dB, +26dB, +28dB and +32dB. When added to the moving-magnet circuit’s 38dB, a total gain of 70dB is available, certainly enough for most any cartridge the H-1201 would encounter. The gain settings are also marked as turns ratios on the Permalloy transformers (x13, x20, x26 and x40). Since I’m more accustomed to thinking in terms of cartridge loading, online calculators helped me convert these settings to 278, 118, 70 and 29 ohms. The manual wisely advises you to try each setting to hear which matches your cartridge best, and I did find the +22dB (278 ohms) setting best for my Audiomusikraft Denon 103. The Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood is a moving-magnet cartridge, and that input is set at 47k ohms.
• Moving Coil (MC) × one (1) pair unbalanced (RCA)
• Moving Magnet (MM) x one (1) pair unbalanced (RCA)
• Two (2) x screw type terminals
• One (1) pair x unbalanced (RCA)
Frequency Response (RIAA):
• 20Hz ~ 20KHz (±0.3dB)
• MM +38dB (1KHz)
• MC +22dB, +26dB, +28dB, +32dB (1Khz)
• MC – up to 280 Ω
• MM – up to 47 KΩ
Maximum Input Voltage(MM non-clipping):
• 20Hz 30mV
• 100Hz 60mV
• 1kHz 300mV
• 10kHz 500 mV
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):
• Less than 0.3% (1KHz, Output 1V)
• 1.2 kΩ (on-off method)
Signal to Noise (S/N) Ratio:
• – 68db (CCIR, 1KHz)
• 20W at 220 V / 110/120 V / 50 / 60 Hz
• Four (4) x E180CC – New Old Stock, approximately electrically (not sonically) equivalent : CV8431, 7062, 5965, 12AV7, 6414, 6829
• AC 2A, 250V
• 310mm x 230mm x 140mm (W x D x H)
• Unpacked: 4.5kg
• Packed: 6kg