High End 2016 Hot Product
Rogue Audio, purveyors of seemingly impossible tube value, has struck again. The remote-controlled RP-1 preamplifier ($1695) features four line inputs, a switchable and user-configurable MM/MC input and home-theater bypass/unity-gain facility as well as two pairs of variable and one pair of fixed outputs. Theres also a dedicated headphone amp and an OLED display that provides level, balance and source information -- and it can be switched off for better sound or low-light listening.
The hybrid circuit is built around a pair of 12AU7 tubes in a mu-follower configuration, combined with solid-state circuitry to ensure low-noise performance from the phono input (40 or 60dB of gain with variable loading for MC cartridges). Available with a choice of black or silver front-panels, the chassis is simple, stylish and solidly put together, as witnessed by the RP-1's 16-pound weight.
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