The Sound Station

Type: Demo
Rated: 9/10
Includes: box, manual
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JC-2 John Curl Designed Class "A" Preamplifier in Silver

Retail Price: $4000.00 Your Price: $3000.00

"Great sounding Stereophile Class A preamplifier" 6 pairs unbalanced RCA line-level audio input jacks 2 input pairs can be switched to XLR balanced connectors Independent balanced/unbalanced select for the L & R channel Each channel's input is switched by its own gold-on-silver contact relay 4 output jack pairs with specialized functions: - See website for full details -

Type: Trade
Rated: 8/10

Olympia L Preamplier in Black
PBN Audio

Retail Price: $12000.00 Your Price: $4000.00

The Olympia-L preamp is an all-FET design with an external MPS mini power supply (9.5"W x 4.25"H x 14.25"D) that has a 375VA transformer with 80,000µF of capacitance. The main transformer features quad secondary windings and HEXFRED diodes for rectification. A proprietary, military-grade, 14-conductor connector of 16-gauge Teflon-sheathed silver wire -- a serious umbilical -- joins the power supply to the preamp proper, which measures 18.5"W x 4.25"H x 14.5"D. This main unit houses four independent regulators and provides 20dB of gain. The Olympia-L’s front panel has a blue LED indicator light, a sensor for the Cary-built remote control, a volume control (24 steps), and a switch to select among sources (two Aux, one CD, two balanced). All controls are clearly labeled in white silk-screened letters, demonstrating what Noerbaek calls his "function without frills" approach to exterior design. All can be adjusted manually, but the small plastic remote is far more handy for setting volume and mute. On the Olympia-L’s rear panel are three balanced inputs, two RCA inputs, and balanced, RCA, and the four BNC outputs for the proprietary interconnect system -- which, of course, is impedance-matched at 75 ohms.