AUDION TUBE PREAMPLIFIER

AUDION PREMIER PREAMPLIFIER SERIES

AUDION Premier 0.5 Line Preamplifier



Featuring Audion's special Unity Buffer, Zero Gain Stage Technology

 

All Audion's pre-amps feature a transformer-less design. 

 

They are direct cathode-coupled with no input, inter stage or output wound components making these preamps extremely fast and capable of handling the most intricate and detailed passages of music ... outstanding performance, lightning quick response curves and terrific transparency. 

 

The Premier 0.5  uses a quality substrate pcb, and as with all Audion amps, it is hand built. 

 

  • Tube complement : NOS Russian 6H1N-EB tubes as standard

  • Ground lift switch at the rear to assist in resolving grounding issues by floating the ground internally above mains ground

  • 5 line level inputs / Switched from the front panel

  • 2 line outputs and a direct un-switched tape output

  • Audion's special unity buffer, zero gain stage technology

 

Sensitivity: Variable >1.1V Line

Phase - Correct

Distortion @ 1V: <0.010% No Feedback

Noise (CCIR) <100 db

Frequency Response: 11 – 165KHz ±1 db RIAA

Signal to Noise: >70 db

Inputs: 5 Line Level, 1 x tape

Outputs: 2 Main Out, 1 tape

Consumption: 12 Watts

Tubes: 2 x 6N1P or ECC88/6922

Size: 16.5" x 9" x 6.3" - Less tubes

Weight: 15.4 lb

Fuses: Power 1A / HT 4A/ main

Warranty: 2 years - tubes 6 months

 

MRSP  $2,627.00

 

 

 

 

AUDION Premier 2.0 Line Preamplifier / MM



Featuring Audion's special Unity Buffer, Zero Gain Stage Technology

 

All Audion's pre-amps feature a transformer-less design. 

 

Audion Premier Line level with moving magnet phono stage 2 box pre-amplifier is built on a quality substrate pcb (printed circuit board) as with all our amps they are hand built. The chassis is black powder coated aluminum as is the transformer cover. The top plate and badge are mirror finished stainless steel. 

 

They are direct cathode-coupled with no input, inter stage or output wound components making these preamps extremely fast and capable of handling the most intricate and detailed passages of music ... outstanding performance, lightning quick response curves and terrific transparency. 

 

  • Tube complement : 6H1N-EB and 6H23N tubes as standard

  • Ground lift switch at the rear to assist in resolving grounding issues by floating the ground internally above mains ground

  • 5 line level inputs / Switched from the front panel

  • 2 line outputs and a direct un-switched tape output

  • Audion's special unity buffer, zero gain stage technology

 

Active Power Supply – on board regulation

Impedance: 47K / 254 Ohms

Sensitivity: Variable >1.1V Line, 2 mV Phono

Phase - Correct

Distortion @ 1V: <0.010% No Feedback

Noise (CCIR): <100db <80db Phono

Frequency Response: 11 – 185KHz ±1 db RIAA

Signal to Noise: >70 db

Inputs: 4 Line Level, 1 x tape, 1 x Phono

Outputs: 2 Main Out, 1 tape

Consumption: 12 Watts

Tubes: 2 x 6H1N -EB, 2 x 6H23N or 6922/ECC88

Size: 16.5" x 9" x 6.3" - Less tubes

Weight: 13,2 lbs each chassis

Fuses: Power 1A / HT 4A/ main

Warranty: 2 years - tubes 6 months

 

MRSP  $5,999.00

 

 

 

AUDION Quattro Line Preamplifier / MC - 2B   (2 BOX)



Featuring Audion's special Unity Buffer, Zero Gain Stage Technology

 

All Audion's pre-amps feature a transformer-less design. 

 

Audion Premier Quattro line level with moving coil phono stage 2 box mono-block pre-amplifier is totally hard wired point to point and hand built using solid core 5-Nines silver wire in all its audio path and specially selected and matched components to make it one of the best sounding preamps in the world!.

 

The Quattro's MC stage is designed for use with the most sensitive of cartridges, it is a true high-end, high quality product capable of handling a massive array of sources. It has the benefits of both simplicity of design and superb execution (with only 4 tubes in the entire signal path from the cartridge, a 2 chassis totally dual-mono construction and the power supplies use only polypropylene capacitors). There are 17 active power supply stages in each mono-block pre-amplifier.

 

The soundstage is extremely fluid and controlled. Roll off in both directions is seamless. Resolution is astounding, with absolutely convincing depth even at very low playing levels. It brings recording to life and places you directly in front of the performance. The phono stage is of a step ip transformer less design, meaning it is incredibly fast and fluid.

 

  • Tube complement : 8 x 6H23N tubes as standard

  • Ground lift switch at the rear to assist in resolving grounding issues by floating the ground internally above mains ground

  • 4 line level inputs / Switched from the front panel

  • 2 line outputs and a direct un-switched tape output

  • Audion's special unity buffer, zero gain stage technology

 

MRSP  $11,999.00

The Audio premier 2.0 is a 2 box design that puts the power supply in a separate box, making it quieter and sonically better.

 

The soundstage is extremely fluid and controlled. Roll off in both directions is seamless. Resolution is astounding, with absolutely convincing depth even at very low playing levels. It brings recording to life and places you directly in front of the performance. The phono stage is exactly the same as our stand alone version and is of a step up transformer less design, meaning it is incredibly fast and fluid.

Sensitivity Ref – 0dbV:  0.4mV MC

Impedance: 47K / 100 Ohms

Phono Gain: 69dB

Phono Phase - Correct

Distortion @ 1V : <0.015% No Feedback

Noise (CCIR): < 80dB

Frequency Response: 20 – 205KHz ±1 db RIAA

Signal to Noise:  >70 db

Inputs: 1 MC Phono, 3 Line, 1 Tape

Outputs: 2 Main Out, 1 x tape

Consumption: 25 Watts

Tubes: 8 x 6H23N or 8 x E88CC

Size: 16.5 in deep, 9 in wide and 6.3 in tall - Less tubes

Weight: 13.22 lbs per chassis 

Fuses: Power 1A / 120V

Warranty: 2 years - tubes 6 months

THE NON-PREAMP PREAMP

The biggest problem with traditional pre-amps is they use gain stages to operate. More gain stages mean even more distortion. More signal

degradation. More signal pollution before it reaches the amplifier. A typical pre-amp can have as many as 4, 6, 10 or more gain stages. Many use

input transformers, balance transformers, even output transformers to work properly.

 

Introducing Active Tube Unity Gain buffers that are found within all Audion pre-amps.

 

Instead of a gain stage pre-amplifier that can provide 3-15dB gain, Audion uses its unity gain stages to boost the low level signal and attenuate the high level signal (known as buffering). The result is a perfect impedance match for any amplifier and any input component. Active Tube Unity Gain works for both output and input.

 

Many audiophiles are hung up on how much voltage it takes to drive an amp to full potential. More importantly, amps require a proper impedance match to achieve full potential. Improper impedances, whether too high or too low, mean you will need more voltage to allow the amp to reach full potential.

 

This is also critical on the inputs. Audion pre-amp provide proper matching for the input devices so those devices perform to their potential.

All the dynamics and sparkle are there without the penalty of added distortion.

 

Audion pre-amps being makes matching your separates easier. Lets say you have a CD player that puts out the average 2v into the preamp. Once the Audion equalizes the voltage/impedance it achieves a perfectly balanced level into your power amplifier. Now, lets take a low level MM moving magnet Phono stage that only delivers 1.4 volts: an Audion Pre-amp will buffer and equalize then balance the output so the a balanced signal is reaching your power amplifier. If you are using the line/phono stage, and you have a low level MC cartridge, the Audion will amplify, RIAA correct, and output this tiny signal to the correct level your power amplifier wants to see.

 

Audion pre-amps mean less is more, and shorter signal paths equal optimum sound.

 

Most all knowledgeable audiophiles and designers know the shorter the signal path the better. Utilizing as short a signal path as possible creates the best dynamics and gives as much headroom as possible. Buffer stages do this by allowing the pre-amp to truly control the signals. 

 

So how does an Audion Pre-amp amplify?

 

A tube has miniscule time delay and phase shift as the signal is travelling through a vacuum and in general probably only an inch or so across the tubes interior.

 

Some say the best pre-amp is no pre-amp at all. An excellent concept and one of the reasons all Audion amplifiers have a

volume control.

 

What if I have a Bluray, or an iPod, or Turntable, ... what if I have all of these? Our Premier range of pre-amps work to give all of these inputs the same level output. So when you switch between sources you don’t get the huge differences that usually occur. You may get a small difference, but what you will get is tight sounding, fast and full music from your amp.

 

We try and make our products as transparent as possible, however many people tell us that by using one of our active pre-amps that their soundstage gets bigger, or the blacks are just a little blacker, the sound seems fuller.

 

With Audion, its all about getting out of the way of the music and letting it flow smoothly, unadulterated and pure, the way the artist intended it to be heard. Rocket science, No, - simple, honest and straight forward, without the audiophile voodoo mumbo jumbo, that some salesmen like to give. 

6922 / 6N23P / 7308 / E88CC / 6DJ8 / CCa / PCC88 Tubes

 

Implementation:  Audion Super Sterling KT120

 

The tube rollers Dream Tube !  The 6DJ8 is a miniature 9-pin medium gain dual triode vacuum tube. It is distinguished by its very high transconductance, mostly the result of its frame grid construction. 

 

Developed by Amperex, the American division of Philips in 1958. In Europe, it was developed by Philips in the Netherlands under European designation ECC88. The series-string version 7DJ8 / PCC88 was also introduced at the same time. The 7308 is a premium 6922.

 

Although not originally designed for the purpose, it became popular in hi-fi audio amplifiers. An industrial (improved/higher ratings) version of the tube was designated 6922 / E88CC between 1959 and 1961. Siemens introduced their own super ECC88 / 6DJ8 at the same time under CCa type. New Old Stock (NOS) 6DJ8s and ECC88s produced in the past by major American or West European vacuum tube manufacturers (such as Philips or Amperex) remain extremely popular with and highly sought by audiophiles. A version (direct equivalent) of this tube was also produced in the Soviet Union as 6N23P (Russian: 6Н23П) and in China as 6N11.

 

The Russian NOS 6N23P is used extensively throughout the Audion Line as an Input / Driver tube.

 

Basic data: Uf=6.3V, If=300 mA, uM=33, Ia=15 mA, S=12.5 mA/V, Pa=1.7 W

AUDION PREMIER SERIES TUBES

6N1P (6H1N) Tube

 

Implementation:  Audion Sterling KT88 Stereo and Monoblock amplifiers, Audion Sterling EL34

 

The 6N1P (Russian: 6Н1П) is a NOS Russian-made miniature 9-pin medium gain double triode vacuum tube intended for use as a line audio amplifier and cathode driver.

 

A ruggedized/extended ratings version of the tube is designated 6N1P-EV (Russian: 6Н1П-ЕВ).

 

It has currently found a use as a driver tube because of its excellent low distortion and low noise characteristics. The tube is still being manufactured by the "Voshod" plant in Kaluga, Russia.

 

The 6N1P's sonic character is crisp and energetic. its overall presentation is bold and full bodied in the mid-band. Highs are detailed, but not overly exhagerated. and base line definition is well articulated and solid.

 

The 6N1P distinguishes itself due to its higher input sensitivity and amplification factor, which makes it partricularly compatible in amplifiers driving low sensitivity / low impedance loudpeakers.

 

Basic data: Uf=6.3V, If=600 mA, uM=35, Ia=7.5 mA, S=4.35 mA/V, Pa=2.2 W

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