Manley Chinook in the Test

Manley mainly produces high-end studio equipment. Is this also true of the Chinook phono?

Manley belongs in Studio circles when it comes to components such as microphone amplifier, mixer, compressors or equalizer to the absolute high end. The manufacturer from the Californian Chino (“made in Chino, not China”, one quips at Manley likes) made it so, to be probably unique in the world of HiFi – present in the entire chain of music at the highest level.

Their purpose differs considerably less than the philosophy behind the Hi-Fi and professional Manleys: here as rule tubes, which the developers believe that a better aptitude for dealing with music signals – and to their rediscovery of HiFi technical, Manley was decisively involved since the 80s.

Manley Chinook: Construction

All on the sparkling clean equipped Board of the Chinook, four glass bulb stand type 6922 double triode. The first pair is used – a per channel – the first reinforcement, the distortion level is purely passive then. The two triode systems of the second tube of each channel are as a so-called White- Cathode follower wired, resulting in a low impedance output stage: 100 ohm output impedance, the Manley either before long cables or something more sophisticated amplifiers, roughly those with passive volume controls cower. Anyway, the practical properties of Chinook are excellent.

Mm such as MC she ran without a peep without hum, noise or other extravaganzas. Two rows of DIP switch on the back allow precise adjustment of the input impedance of the system, and the explanation how to interconnect the various values, is printed right next to it captive. Also self-explanatory, if somewhat awkward, is switching between MM and MC gain. The corresponding DIP switch pairs are located directly on the motherboard and are only accessible after unscrewing the hole plate lid.

Manley Cinook: hearing test

Who, however, not by MM to MC or vice versa changes daily – what pretty much applies to all music lovers with the exception of HiFi testers – should find to expose nothing really on the Manley in everyday – except perhaps, that the 19-inch front plate together with the rack mounting holes in the normal HiFi environment looks to the commercial vehicle. Maybe even just that found particularly appealing.

Sonically at least the American Phonostage integrates seamlessly even in the most noble systems environments – in the AUDIO listening room she played phenomenal Ypsilon precursor, the matching power amplifiers and the KEF Reference 207. What first struck when switching on the Manley was the massive low-frequency range that was never thick full-bodied. About the Chinook acted as balanced, vivid and full of detail, that one felt reminded research PH6 almost into the audio – the Manley would have focused not a touch of less and color-intensive sounded as the again more expensive countrywoman.

Draw ended at a high level comparison between Fosgate and Manley: Art Blakey and his ensemble played together more exciting with about the former, for the latter raised the atmospheric details in Peter Gabriel’s quieter “so”-Momenten yet effortless from the Groove bottom. That the Manley in sobriety and directly played always a hint – it’s almost a matter of honour so Unit close to the Studio.

 

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