The Questars are destined to be the best entry-level options of the Heed modular line for vinyl replay that money can buy. Bursting with luxurious detail, rhythm and musicality.
Don't be fooled, these small demure boxes deliver unbridled value for enjoyment. Minimalist and austere they may look, but inside the Questar's are built using the best quality parts and components. Heed's tradition, and reputation of delivering outstanding performance, enables the Questar MC to extract the best possible reproduction of the vinyl analogue medium.
The Questar MC deploys a streamlined version of Heed's more 'serious' Quasar MC stage, eliminating the need for jumper switches by optimising the amplifier to suit the 300-600 µV/100 Ohm output range characterising the vast majority of today’s moving coils. Considering its generous 18 dB headroom, ideal cartridge matching is virtually assured.
The internal construction of the Questars meets the most critical high-end standards in every respect. The amplifier employs an entirely dual-mono configuration and uses a two-stage – passive/active – RIAA equalisation. Gain adjustment has been optimised for maximum headroom and highest signal-to-noise ratio. Component parts are selected to exacting tolerances matching those of our Quasar.
The Questars are suitable for any line-level amplifier input, and can easily drive virtually any length of interconnect. There is no internal wiring or binding, and all high-current parts of the circuit are shielded. Both models feature gold-plated RCA terminals soldered directly onto the PCB, limiting all signal paths to a bare minimum.
The Questars (both MC/MM) now utilise a new improved external power supply to avoid undesirable electro-magnetic interference within the chassis. This new Heed X-PSU-40 is a simple but vital part of performance improvement from the previous incarnations, and represents another example of how Heed take time and care to adapt and enhance their products continually.
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Available in a black casing with black fascia.
Heed Audio Questar MC: Moving Coil Phonostage - Features & Benefits:
Discrete bipolar transistor circuits
Heed Audio Questar MC: Moving Coil Phonostage - Specifications:
Input: 1 x stereo RCA
Output: 1 x stereo RCA
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20kHz
Input sensitivity: 220 µV (MC)
Input impedance: 100 Ω (MC)
Gain: 64 dB (MC)
Power supply options: X-PSU-40 (standard) / Q-PSU / Obelisk PX (Upgrades)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 9.5 x 7.5 x 22 cm
Heed Audio Questar MC: Moving Coil Phonostage - Resources & Downloads:
Heed Audio Questar MC Owners Manual