The Absolute Sound : *Most Significant Product Introduction: Nagra HD preamplifier *Best Sound (Cost No Object): Nagra HD
Nagra HD Preamplifier
Right out of the gate, I’m going to cheat a bit here, and include Nagra’s HD preamplifier ($59,500) among my top selections. It does utilize one tube per channel so cannot be classified as a solid-state component, but it sounds so incredible, I feel obligated to report on it. The HD preamplifier is designed to complement Nagra’s other HD electronics and includes several patent-pending technologies, such as a unique volume control that allows perfect level matching via a tap on Nagra’s custom output transformers. Its sophisticated power supply, located in a separate chassis, utilizes a unique virtual battery technology that eliminates battery charging time. The preamp has a suspension to isolate it from external disturbances to help lower the noise floor and increase clarity. In a system with a Nagra tape deck, Kronos turntable, Nagra phono stage and HD amplifiers, Kubala Sosna cables, and Wilson Alexia 2 speakers, the HD preamp produced a very natural, transparent, detailed, and full-bodied sound—certainly one of the best at the show. The Nagra HD preamplifier is scheduled to ship at the end of November.
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