Faithfully preserving the delicate signals being transmitted, this retains the fully balanced design topology of the Reference Pre. Every input and output are optionally XLR or RCA, especially the phono input so the benefits of the phono cartridges balanced output can be realised.
We incorporated the award winning Pulsare II phonostage, with its exceptional low noise and distortion, with convenient front panel controls operating relays for every adjustment so the precious signal never leaves the main circuit board. Offering quick adjustability with the option that two cartridges can be connected simultaneously, it is ideal for those with stereo and mono cartridges. Mono can also be selected, catering for the growing interest in this playback style, helping to reduce distracting background noise. A Subsonic filter reduces unwanted low frequency signal passing to the power amplifier due to warped records.
There are effectively four-line level inputs, 2x XLR and 2x RCA to cater for additional sources and two sets of main outputs allowing mono or stereo-amplifiers to be powered in either balanced or single ended configuration.
For the best musicality we have retained our own wound film capacitors with polypropylene dielectric developed for the Reference and employed the ultimate volume control, the ALPS RK50. After listening to countless alternatives, the importance on sound quality of using this expensive control cannot be understated. It truly deserves the claim of being the ‘King of Pots’.