More Information about loading and gain (MM & MC options)
The first stage of the Maverick is a removable daughter board that can be easily pulled out to change the loading and gain by swapping the daughterboard for another with a different configuration to accomodate the wide variety of great cartridges available in the market today. *We supply one (1) board with the base price ($699.95) of the phono preamp.
Upon purchase, we will set up the daughterboard with the right loading and gain for your cartridge either moving coil or moving magnet. *these resistors are soldered in for the best sonic results.
The modular circuit topology of our pre-amp puts the RIAA equalization and a fixed moderate gain in the chassis mounted board and delegates input loading, EMI filtering and a majority of the gain to the daughter board.
We supply the user with one preconfigured daughter board but we also have a "Socketed" Daughter Board Kit with a full range of resistor values for those who wish to experiment on their own between different configurations (MM and MC values for gain and loading come with the kit for $125)
Moving Magnet: high output gain, 47k loading
Moving Magnet: low output gain, 100, 200, 400, 500, 1000 ohm resistor values.
Additional fixed value boards are $75 each (just let us know what you want and we will make it up for you!
*for those who want a full set of daughter boards with fixed values we are happy to discuss what you want and will discount the unit price of this based on the number of daughter boards you want.
We took a hybrid approach to the debate between surface mount vs. through-hole component selection, and our design allows for a more careful selection of strategy, balanced with economy of space and manufacturing cost. Passive components in the signal path are through-hole for the sake of noise performance and the ability to hand-match critical values. The surface-mount components in the design allow for the compact layout that we desired.
In the interest of minimal harmonic distortion (THD) and long–term stability, the chemistry of capacitors in the signal path received significant design attention during our product development process. The decision at the end was to deploy film-dielectric instead of electrolytic or ceramic capacitors. This also contributes to a graceful aging of the design. Film capacitors do not contain wet chemistry that will break down over time. Use of modern, low offset error opamps allows for DC coupled outputs (no series capacitors).
The bottom line is that we wanted to put only what we needed into our phono pre-amp. We wanted a great user interface so we made the chassis lid easy to open up and the daughter board easy to remove and modify
We care about the durability of our products as well as the look and feel of them, our chassis is machined from aluminum. The compact size allows it to sit close to your turntable and allows you to keep the input signal path as short as possible.
There is only one switch: the mute and because of the compact size of the Maverick it is easy to setup next to your table and allow for easy use of the mute while cuing records.
We selected mini xlr connectors for the power so there would be a solid & secure connection for the power. In the Maverick 3.0 revision we added standard RCA connectors for the balanced input to make it easy to use standard interconnects. The Maverick has standard RCA connectors for the (single ended or unbalanced) output.
Our F&R unipivot tonearm comes with a balanced input, shielded Cardas cable with a Mini XLR to plug directly into the Maverick for a solid and world-class connection to the phono. All of these choices kept the Maverick small and enable it to live as close to the tonearm as possible, keeping the signal path short where it is most vulnerable to RF noise.
We are proud to design & manufacture in Richmond, Virginia.
Maverick Phono Preamplifier 3.0
Fern & Roby
We designed the Fern & Roby Maverick 3.0 Phono Pre-Amp to be a superb phono that unapologetically wouldn't break the bank. We believe that an awesome phono preamplifier can do a lot for any analog system. The Maverick 3.0 is a great and affordable reference phono preamp that can be set up for any of the great cartridges available these days. If you want to immediately improve your analog experience the Maverick 3.0 is a great place to start. Just let us know what kind of cartridge you have (Moving Magnet or Moving Coil) and we will help you determine what is best for you and then set up the preamp for your needs.
Email us with any questions!