November 13, 2009 by Robert Archer
The high-performance audio category, while advocating the benefits of digital technologies, has never abandoned legacy analog technologies like vinyl.
A good example of how the high-performance audio industry is improving the quality of older analog technologies can be found in Boulder Amplifiers’ latest product: the 1008 Phono Preamplifier.
The Colorado-based company’s new phono preamp utilizes many of the technologies employed in its flagship 2008 Phono Preamplifier at a price tag that’s approximately one-third of the top-end model (but still in Boulder’s luxury level at $12,000).
The customizable phono preamp offers vinyl enthusiasts a choice of three EQ curves in addition to the standard RIAA curve that are included in most products. These EQ curves—FFRR, Columbia and EMI—are selectable on the preamp’s front panel and they are designed to provide consumers with the ability to accurately playback records produced prior to 1954.
Other features incorporated in the phono preamp include an additional 6dB gain for moving coil (MC) cartridges, Boulder’s discrete 985 gain stage, fully balanced, dual mono construction for completely isolated left and right channels, dual inputs and outputs, a 20Hz low-cut filter and a selectable true mono mode for the playback of mono recordings on a stereo cartridge.
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Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.
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