Audio Research Reference 5 SE
With a new larger power supply and technology from the now famous Ref 40 Anniversary Preamp, the new REF 5 SE is the latest model in a series of the finest and most successful line-stage preamplifiers ever made. From the REF1 to the REF2 to the REF3 to the REF5, each one has built upon the legacy of its predecessor as the most sought-after reference level line-stage preamplifier. The REF5 SE clearly redefines the state of the art at a price that is not inexpensive but represents extraordinary value.
Audio Research LS-17
This new model remote controlled vacuum tube line stage offers the upgrade feature of balanced circuitry with XLR inputs and outputs, as well as RCA. It has an improved volume control and lower noise than the older LS-16mk2 it replaced.
Audio Research SP-17
This brand new model remote controlled vacuum tube preamp is available as a line stage only (retail $2995) or with built in phono stage. It has an improved volume control and lower noise than the older SP-16 it replaced.
Retail $3495 With phono, $2995 without phono
Audio Research LS-27
Hybrid JFET/tube stereo line stage with remote control. Controls: Selectable high/medium/low gain settings, BAL/SE selection, balance control, invert (phase), and stereo/mono selection. Processor pass-through for home theater applications,dimmable display with the option of being turned off. All of the inputs and outputs have balanced XLR and single-ended RCA connectors, including six pairs of discrete inputs. Gain is provided by twin 6H30 triodes.
Krell Phantom preamp
With the Phantom Preamplifier, musicians appear silhouetted by the air about them, filling the room with a mesmerizing depiction of the recording. Music emanates from an expanse that outlines the recording venue, transporting you to the moment of creation. Coupling advanced technologies and inspired design, the Phantom preamplifier elevates preamplifier performance to an art form. The Phantom preamplifier is the first Krell preamplifier to include an optional crossover. The crossover functionality offers the ability to use a subwoofer/satellite speaker arrangement and still maintain the highest quality sonic performance. Previous to the Phantom preamplifier, this system configuration would require signals to pass through a subwoofer's lower quality crossover circuitry. The Phantom preamplifier is the centerpiece of a world class audio system where space is at a premium.
With a single-chassis design, the N°326S achieves separation of audio circuit, control circuit, and power supply sections similar to that of the dual-chassis N°32. The internal structure of the N°326S separates these sections, while a steel shield box protects the power supply and other circuits against electrostatic and magnetic interference. Filtered AC power is routed outside audio circuit sections, providing audio circuits with the quiet, shielded environment essential for superior sound.
Like most high-performance audio components, the N°326S relies on clean, noise-free AC power to deliver maximum performance. Unfortunately, most AC power does not meet these standards. Common household appliances such as refrigerators, TVs, and computers often contaminate AC power lines with line noise, spikes, and other irregularities that make it difficult for audio circuits to perform up to their full potential.
To compensate for this, the N°326S offers a series of highly effective noise suppression and isolation techniques that begin filtering AC power for noise as soon as it enters the chassis. Audio and control circuit sections use independent power supplies, each with its own low-noise toroidal transformer. The audio circuit power transformer includes a Faraday shield between the AC power line and low-voltage secondaries for improved isolation.
Following the Mark Levinson tradition, the N°326S exceeds all reasonable expectations for a stereo preamplifier. Its flexible design including seven configurable inputs, separate main and record output connectors and complete surround sound processor integration allow it to accommodate a wide range of demands. Additionally, a series of advanced techniques shield the audio circuits, resulting in an incomparable sound befitting sophisticated music reproduction systems. Download brochure. Read the Stereophile review.
Mark Levinson No. 326s stereo preamp
The C2300 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier combines a suite of potent engineering enhancements with smart, user programmable features to deliver a truly extraordinary audio preamplifier. Each input may have the bass, treble, and mono/stereo mode adjusted and stored in memory. When individual inputs are selected, these settings will engage as preset by the listener. Two 12AX7a Vacuum Tubes are used for each of three sections: the Moving Magnet phono section, the Moving Coil section, and the high-level preamp section. A high performance headphone amplifier with a ¼” headphone jack is included.
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This all-new solid-state preamplifier allows you to listen to music through it's built-in DAC by connecting directly to your computer via USB, or though any of it's four other digital inputs (2 optical, 2 coaxial) additional inputs include 2 balanced, 6 RCA, 1 MC, 1 MM phono inputs and a processor loop for use with a surround sound preamp. 3 balanced and 3 RCA outputs. The programable eight band equalizer, and the a fiber-optic ourput meters are also new to the C50
The RC-1580 is designed for the hi-fi purist in terms of its minimalist approach and absolute musical fidelity. Component parts, such as an oversized toroidal power transformer and special BHC capacitors, along with circuit topology, have been carefully selected to obtain the best sound possible. For those who want the best of both audio and video worlds a unity gain stage has been included to enable a surround processor to feed straight through to the power amplifier thereby bypassing the volume control. 5 year manufacturers warranty. Available in black or silver. Large photo.
With unprecedented flexibility and control, C48 redefines what a value preamp should be. Moving coil and Moving Magnet Phono sections combine with assignable digital inputs in the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary music sources. The C48 features a state of the art 32 / 192 DAC with coax, optical, and a dedicated USB input to access to computer sourced music. Five band programmable tone controls allow personalized music correction.
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