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van den hul Grail SX

van den hul, phono stages, analog

The van den Hul Grail SX is the successor to the Grail SE and is the company's new flagship phono amplifier.

“...picture quiet, black backgrounds, rhythmic organization, macrodynamic “slam” and solidity, sophisticated textural performance, solid, three-dimensional imaging, generously wide and deep sound staging and very little if any of a sonic personality of its own.” 

~ Michael Fremer - The Absolute Sound - March 2024

They also redesigned the circuit board in developing their flagship phono preamplifier. With the new circuit board, the overall sound quality has significantly improved. The Grail SX delivers notable enhancements, particularly regarding soundstage and airiness.

Mixed operation for input and output
The new Grail SX allows for mixed-mode operation of the inputs and outputs. When receiving a symmetrical (XLR) input signal, the output can be used simultaneously in symmetrical (XLR) and asymmetrical (RCA) modes. The same applies to the asymmetrical (RCA) input, where both outputs can now be used independently and simultaneously.

Automatic load impedance
Like its predecessor, the Grail SX features automatic load impedance adjustment for cartridges, ranging from 10 to 400 Ohms.

Designed and made in Europe
Like all other van den Hul products, the Grail SX is designed and manufactured in Europe.

“...picture quiet, black backgrounds, rhythmic organization, macrodynamic “slam” and solidity, sophisticated textural performance, solid, three-dimensional imaging, generously wide and deep sound staging and very little if any of a sonic personality of its own.”

~ Michael Fremer - The Absolute Sound - March 2024 Read The Absolute Sound review here.

Input

Two MC inputs
MC-1 (balanced or unbalanced)
MC-2 (unbalanced only)(

One MM input (or high-level output MC cartridge)
MM-1 (unbalanced only)

MM input - Amplification factor

32dB 6,2mV
40dB 2,5mV
46,5dB 1,2mV

Input impedance 47kOhm / 50pF

MC input - Amplification factor

52dB 0,62mV
60dB 0,25mV
66,5dB 0,12mV

Input impedance from 10 Ohm to 400 Ohm: Max. undistorted output voltage (<1%): 15Vss for MM signal path, 8,5Vss for MC signal path

Output impedance: 330 Ohms (real resistive), 600 Ohms at balanced out

Input sensitivity values: (given for 250mV RMS resp. 0,707Vss output level on amplifier output)

Signal-to-noise: Over 80dB(A) with the lowest amplification factor.

Input impedance: Automatic. Matching in milliseconds from appr. 10 Ohms up to 400 Ohms

Temperature operating range: from 15deg. Celsius up to 35deg. Celsius room temperature. No condensing on items allowed. Use only in dry rooms.

Size (W x H x L, incl. feet): 475 x 95 x 335mm

Weight: 13,5KG (appr.30lbs) without the ext. power supply