The new Signature One is described by Rothwell Audio as a very unusual moving coil phono stage. The reason for this claim? The fact that it uses transformer coupling rather than transistors. As Rothwell points out this is because of the expense of the former, but it notes that they are ideally suited to the very low signal levels produced by low output moving coil cartridges. The result is a claimed sublime sound that lacks the harshness that can afflict transistor circuits.

The transformers can be configured for step-up ratios of 1:10 and 1:20, accommodating most moving coil cartridges. The Signature One is built and designed in the UK and each unit is assembled and tested inhouse. It is available to buy now for £2,200, find out more info here.