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The Nova Phonomena...









Manual for the Nova Phonomena

The Nova Phonomena is a complete phonograph preamplifier with RIAA equalization that amplifies the output signal of a phono cartridge, either moving coil or moving magnet, up to line level. The Nova Phonomena may be used with a receiver or an integrated amplifier. A preamp is required since there is no independent volume control for the Nova. The Nova Phonomena can run off wall power or off of an internal battery power supply. The unit connects to the wall with the supplied wall mount transformer.


Built in California, the Nova Phonomena is a battery-powered phono stage designed for flexibility and performance. Based on the discreet dual mono circuit developed by designer Michael Yee for the SuperNova, the Nova Phonomena has rear panel user-accessible switches for gain and input loading. The power supply features two rechargeable internal NiMH dual mono battery packs, and a Smart Sensing auto recharge feature which instructs all AC and charging circuits to automatically disconnect when listening in battery mode. The unit also features a proximity detector switch on the front panel to indicate charging status and mode.



Problem: Unit goes into charging mode repeatedly.

The battery charging system may need several charging cycles before the Nova Phonomena is fully charged. Because the maximum charging time is limited by software and the batteries are so high capacity, the battery packs are actually not fully charged for several cycles. The unit will still operate perfectly, but the indicator light will not indicate a full charge for several cycles.

Problem: Batteries have come loose in shipping.

There have been instances of the battery packs coming loose during shipping. We have addressed this by adding a third battery strap to the units. If your batteries have come loose, reconnect them as per the diagrams on the Battery Replacement page.

Problem: After several years of use, batteries fail to hold a charge.

Batteries will eventually need to be replaced (they average about a four-year life span). See the Battery Replacement page for further details.

Problem: System noise or hum.

With the Nova Phonomena set at very high volumes and no record playing, there exists the possibility of a very slight hum coming from the unit. This is normal, and will not be evident under normal circumstances with a record playing at reasonable volume. It is not unusual to have a little noise in an analog-based system, especially at very loud playback levels. Most prefer this to the sterility of digital.