WestminsterLab Monologue: “Rediscover vinyl from a new perspective. Find out what really hides within the groves with the Monologue.
Think Vinyl, Then Think Again
The signal from the stylus, whether it’s MC (Moving Coil), MM (Moving Magnet), or even DS Audio, is incredibly delicate. As a result, it requires extra care and attention to maintain its musical integrity. Recognizing this, we have developed a whole new design philosophy for the Monologue. Our approach encompasses everything from the power supply design and selection of passive and active components to the overall architecture of the unit.
In typical passive signal handling components, there is a measurable loss when a musical signal passes through them. However, this loss is usually negligible because the signal is large and the current is high, making the slight loss insignificant. However, when it comes to vinyl, the situation is completely different.
To address this unique challenge, we have collaborated extensively with specialized manufacturers to develop a passive signal handling capacitor that exhibits a negligible loss even with the most minute signals. The result is an unprecedented level of immediacy in the signal and ultra-low distortion.
With our meticulous attention to detail and innovative design choices, the Monologue sets a new standard in preserving the subtleties and nuances of your music. Whether you’re using an MC, MM, or DS Audio stylus, you can trust that the Monologue will faithfully reproduce your vinyl recordings with exceptional clarity and accuracy.
PUREST OF THE PURE
The industrial and electronic design of the Monologue echoes the WestminsterLab tradition, keeping unnecessary features and ornaments to a minimum in order to deliver the purest musical and user experience.
There are no color displays, rotary switches, or any distracting elements. We have intentionally reduced the complexity in order to protect the delicate signal from your favorite vinyl record.
Is all about power
Inside the chassis of the Monologue, you’ll find a meticulously designed and customized power system. At bespoke 260-watt O-core transformer provides a robust and stable power supply for the unit. These transformers are specifically tailored for the Monologue, borrowing the architecture from our Quest model and further optimizing it for the Monologue’s application. The primary focus during this optimization was to achieve the lowest possible noise levels, allowing the Monologue to reveal the deepest nuances and intricacies of your music.
To ensure exceptional performance, the Monologue incorporates an impressive array of power supplies. With six individual rails of regulators and a dual-mono output design, the unit achieves remarkable channel separation. The symmetrical dual-mono output design further enhances the Monologue’s performance by maintaining complete separation between the left and right channels at the output stages..
This exceptional design not only ensures accurate sound reproduction but also contributes to an immersive three-dimensional soundstage that extends beyond the boundaries of your listening room. Creating a captivating and lifelike audio experience, drawing you into the music and creating a sense of depth and dimensionality.
With its impressive power supply configuration, remarkable channel separation, and symmetrical dual-mono output design, the Monologue sets a new standard for performance and audio fidelity. The result is an audio experience that faithfully captures the nuances of the original recording and presents them in a captivating and engaging manner.
MC/MM XLR/RCA Phono
An unconventional 3-stage amplification design in the phono module. Each stage has been meticulously optimized to minimize distortion and work harmoniously with the RIAA equalization introduced by each individual stage. This innovative approach ensures that the signal remains pure and faithful to the original recording, capturing every nuance and detail of the music.
In order to maintain the utmost audio fidelity, a set of bespoke capacitors has been specifically developed for this application. These capacitors are finely tuned to ensure that distortion and coloration are reduced to negligible levels. The result is truly remarkable in vinyl playback. The performance of the WestminsterLab Phono Technology is characterized by its profound impact on the listening experience. The presence, transparency, transient response, attack, and texture of the music are elevated to an extraordinary level, surpassing anything previously heard.
Through our relentless pursuit of audio excellence and our commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible, we have achieved a breakthrough in vinyl playback with the WestminsterLab Phono Technology. By reimagining the traditional approach and implementing innovative design elements, we have unlocked a new level of musical reproduction that brings the magic and beauty of vinyl recordings to life like never before.
While the Quest features a fully balanced signal, we acknowledge that there are numerous legendary sources available that only offer a single-ended RCA output. To address this, we have developed a dedicated single-ended to balanced converter. This converter has been meticulously designed to ensure the preservation of the input signal’s signature and to take full advantage of the Quest’s balanced input. Extra efforts have been made to optimize the performance of this converter.
DS Audio Equaliser
DS Audio is a leading pioneer in cartridge production. We proudly collaborate with them to introduce our optical cartridge reproduction. This partnership expands cartridge selection and equalization solutions for DS Audio customers, reinforcing our commitment to exceptional audio experiences.
The integrated DS Audio module in the Quest utilizes the same coupling capacitor and signal handling technology as our MC/MM counterparts. This ensures speed, minimal distortion, and faithful reproduction of vinyl nuances.
We integrate a dedicated power supply for the cartridge’s LED, ensuring stability and consistent results. The DS Audio module includes two built-in high-pass filters, offering sound flexibility with Disable or -6dB (20Hz) settings to tailor preferences or match system characteristics.
Certified by DS Audio, the module guarantees compatibility and performance, seamlessly integrating with DS Audio cartridges.
Combining DS Audio’s expertise with our dedication to excellence, we present a powerful solution for vinyl enthusiasts. The DS Audio module in the Quest reflects our commitment to pushing audio boundaries and delivering an unparalleled listening experience.
Meet the family
With the Monologue, the family is now complete. We have taken care of all the analogue electronics in your systems and all the connections in between. Just sit back, relax and rediscover your music.