Manley Labs CHINOOK Tube Phono Stage

Manley CHINOOK phono stage amplifier
Rear panel of Manley's CHINOOK
Manley's tube phono stage, the CHINOOK in profile
Manley Labs CHINOOK Tube Phono Stage

A proud younger sibling of Manley’s revered STEELHEAD phono preamp, the CHINOOK is world-class vacuum tube phono stage demonstrating supreme linearity, the flexibility to accommodate any turntable set up and, perhaps most alluringly, an keenly affordable price.

£3399.00 inc VAT
ETA 1-2 WEEKS
SKU MAC-MCH
EAN 89083300178

  • Tube phono stage based on STEELHEAD preamp design
  • 6922 x 2 gain stage with 6922 x2 output stage
  • Manley Teflon and gold plated RCA unbalanced jack inputs
  • 3-way capacitor selector for moving magnet MM cartridges
  • Selectable 5-position input impedance for MC cartridges
  • Automatic mute timer
Hi-Fi News - Outstanding Product

"Manley Chinook ranks among the precious few offering total control over matching, while the gain ensures suitability with just about any system it might face"

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"To think that the Manley Chinook is designed and built in the U.S. at the level of quality and sophistication that it possesses and retails for $2,250 is something of a minor miracle in this day and age"

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CHINOOK is developed for music lovers over switch tweakers, and features an elegant design, efficiently constructed by hand at Manley Labs’ main facility in California.

Simple, Clean, Quiet Signal Path
Manley's CHINOOK features an ultra-clean signal path

CHINOOK inherits some of the best parts of the STEELHEAD’s internal design. Each channel harnesses two triode sections of a 6922 tube for amplification, routed via hard-working RIAA equalisation networks to a second 6922 dual triode in what’s known as a 'White Follower' configuration. CHINOOK’s output circuitry provides super-low impedance hand-in-hand with powerful current-driving prowess.

Inline with Manley’s overall audiophile philosophy, time-proven components are employed throughout the CHINOOK’s design to deliver not only seductive sonics but also the reliability that audio professionals the world over rely on.

Quick Start Setup
Impedance can easily be changed via CHINOOK's the rear panel

Thanks to CHINOOK’s comprehensive array of accessible user settings, dialing CHINOOK in for specific setups is made remarkable easy. 45 or 60dB internal gain can be selected for moving coil or moving magnet cartridges respectively, while the rear panel features DIP switches to adjust capacitance loading values and input resistance.

Up to 31 possible options are available between 26 and 800 Ohms - with a special setting for 47k Ohms - alongside 7 capacitive loading choices between 50 and 350 pF. These wide ranging flexibility furnishes turntable owners not only with the power to match any cartridge, but to fine tune its configuration to their personal listening preference.

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CHINOOK featured in home audio situ

Gain Internal DIP switches select 45dB or 60dB
RIAA Deviation < ± 0.5 dB from 20Hz to 20kHz @ any gain
Distortion 0.010% THD+N @ 100k Ohm, 0.030% THD+N @ 600 Ohm
Dynamic Range 1dB @ 1kHz (MM input @ 45db gain)
Noise Floor -84 dBu, A-weighted @ 45dB
Max Input 250mV RMS = +34.5 dBu @ 45dB
Max Output +37dBu @ 1kHz, 1.5% THD+N into 100 kOhm
Output Impedance 91 Ohms
Min Load 2500 Ohms (recommended)
Dimensions 483 x 280 x 89mm, 6.8kg