CES 2017 Hot Product
The new Lamm Industries L2.1 preamp (top and bottom shelves, $22,790) replaces one of the company's longest-running products -- the original L2, which Marc Mickelson reviewed nearly 16 years ago.
Like the model it replaces, the LP2.1 is a dual-mono, hybrid, zero-feedback design with a separate power supply that features tube rectification and choke filtering. It has two stepped volume controls and uses five tubes: two 12AX3s, one 12AX7, one 5651A and one 6C19P.
The LP2.1 uses new PC boards with gold traces and new capacitors . . .
. . . but the greatest change in sonic terms comes in the form of new transistors, which help the LP2.1 sound "Fast, fast, fast," according to Vladimir Lamm.
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