Musical Fidelity V90-LPS Phono Stage



The V90-LPS is a Phono Stage with outstanding sound quality at a highly affordable price.

The V90-LPS is a modestly priced, very high performance MM/MC phono stage with superb technical performance.

In our opinion, there are five critical areas where a phono stage must achieve excellence:

  1. RIAA correction 
  2. Correction above 20 kHz 
  3. Low distortion 
  4. Low noise 
  5. Good overload margin 

The V90-LPS has extremely accurate RIAA correction and that extends up to 80 kHz and beyond. That may sound extreme, but there is a good deal of information above 20 kHz that needs correction. If it isn’t corrected, it will show itself as ringing and overshoot. 

The V90-LPS’s distortion is very low. Noise ratio is extremely low and all but inaudible. 

Overload margin is easily adequate for any current cartridge. 

All in all, the V90-LPS accomplishes everything necessary for a phono stage. 

There are many phono stages that are far more expensive and make extraordinary claims for their performance. In contrast, the modest V90-LPS just gets on with the job of doing everything you could reasonably expect from a phono stage. 

If you want top notch performance, and don’t care about the alleged conferred status of buying a high-priced product that offers no better performance than the V90-LPS, then we are of a like mind. 

V90-LPS In Brief:

  • Switchable MM / MC input
  • Extremely accurate RIAA extending out to at least 60kHz
  • Very low noise (virtually inaudible)
  • Very low distortion
  • Excellent overload margin 
  • Excellent channel separation
  • Beautiful, considered build quality


Input impedance 47kOhm (MM), 100Ohm (MC) 
Input capacitance 100pf (MM)
Input sensitivity 3.0mV (MM), 400μV (MC) - for 300mV out 
Total harmonic distortion 0.01% (MM/MC) - @ 1kHz, 300mV out 
Frequency Response +0, –0.1dB, 20Hz to 20 kHz 
Signal / Noise ratio (A weighted) >80dB (MM), >70dB (MC) 
Input overload margin 15dB (MM), 22dB (MC) 
RIAA response +/- 0.25dB 
MM 1 pair RCA sockets
MC 1 pair RCA sockets
1 pair RCA sockets
Dimensions - WxHxD (mm) 170 x 47 x 102
Weight (unpacked / packed) 600g / 1.1 kg
Supplied Accessories 1x 12v 500mA DC power supply