Sutherland TZ Direct Phonostage
The flagship transimpedance phonostage that takes low-impedance MC cartridges to a level you won't believe.
To create the TZ Direct, Sutherland has combined its most refined transimpedance input stage with a second gain stage derived from from the legacy line stages.
Each of those products underwent years of development. Each has been in production for several years, earning a solid reputation. All of that valuable knowledge and experience is combined into the TZ Direct.
A transimpedance phonostage takes its musical signal from the current of a cartridge and not the voltage. It presents the cartridge with a virtual short, thus eliminating the need for gain loading. But it must be matched with care, so make sure you reach out to our analog team before buying.
The sound of this design is described as "filling every square inch of a room". It is truly an amazing way to make your current cartridge sound way more expensive. It offers detail without losing the density of the image, resulting in a great sense of realism. Imaging and soundstaging is superb, creating a big, effortless picture. It really has to be heard to be fully understood.
The TZ Direct is fully dual mono down to being two separate left and right units spaced out in the chassis. In the external PSU, the AC input stage is kept apart from final stages in the same way.