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New Audible Illusion Modulus 3B Preamplifier. Bought as an upgrade to a M3A. I recieved the unit January 27, 2012 and set it up to check all functions and let her "burn in" for 240 hours before auditioning. This is an absolutely beautiful piece of audio equipment and is hand made to order one at a time. While waiting on shipment I decided I wanted a preamp with remote, hence my decision to sell (I couldn't resist listening to the Modulus one last time though!). So, the unit is new but has been electrically broken in and then sealed back in the original packaging for the next owner. Buyer will receive all original shipping material from AI, which includes the user manual, extra gold allen screws, power cable and allen wrench.
This Modulus 3B is PERFECT and features the upgraded brushed aluminum faceplate which is absolutely stunning. The unit is fitted with BDR cones which are included in the sale! I love these preamps and reviews around the world echo this sentiment. Highly rated by reviewers and holds multiple review awards around the world. If you are looking at this preamplifier then you probably already know the history. Otherwise just check out the reviews on the web (there are many).
This unit comes with the highly acclaimed moving magnet phono stage! It can be fitted with the Gold MC phono stage at the factory by Audible Illusions.
Art Ferris (the man behind Audible Illusions) handcrafts each unit and builds them one at a time. You place your order and wait for your preamp to be custom made.
THESE ARE RARE!!!
Here is a description of the M3B that is on the Galen Audio website which is a AI dealer (but they don't stock them because of limited production and each unit is built to order).
From Galen Audio:
Audible Illusions Modulus M3B Full Function Tube Preamplifier
Possibly more than any other preamplifier, the Audible Illusions Modulus 3A established itself as a classic in it's own time. The new Modulus 3B elevates that level of performance to a whole new realm.
The M3B adds a host of features and performance enhancements.
* Relay Switching – signal does not pass through switches resulting in better clarity and definition.
* Upgraded inter-stage coupling capacitors - All capacitors in the signal path are film and foil or Teflon for better resolution and lower noise.
* Larger power transformer for the inboard power supply results in improved performance in all areas.
* Cleaner, more direct signal path results in greater clarity, lower noise and improved resolution.
* New audio taper on attenuators for more precise matching with a broader range of components.
* User adjustable gain settings
The M3B is a deceptively simple design, employing a single gain stage, class A triode circuit utilizing no cathode followers or buffers to degrade the sound. It is a basic design concept that has remained a focus of the Modulus circuit topology since its inception and is one of the reasons for the sparkling sonic clarity and resolution.
Inside you'll find a host of superb parts and pieces, along with excellent quality workmanship and great attention to detail. The list of parts includes: Teflon solder mask, OFC circuit board traces, custom film capacitors and custom stepped attenuators using high quality metal film resistors.
What is it that makes the M3B such a standout? I'd have to say it is a balance of strengths with few, very few, weaknesses. A strong suit has always been the soundstage, and the M3B competes with most any preamp (almost regardless of price) in this area. It develops an absolutely holographic panorama, that is truly a delight to experience.
In sum, it is difficult to fault the Modulus 3B on any count. Look for yourself, but I doubt you'll find a preamp with this level of performance, build-quality and reliability at anywhere near the price.
Since the product began life in 1983, more than 19,000 M3A units have been sold worldwide! Quite an accomplishment, and certainly worthy of the popularity, the M3A stands on its own as a superb audiophile component of the highest caliber. The M3B continues that tradition, building upon the strengths of the legendary M3A.
The M3B is a full function preamp complete with phono input that will accept any cartridge with 1mV of output, or greater. For those using low output moving coil cartridges, optional Gold Phono Boards are available for increased gain. Designed by the legendary John Curl, the ultra-quiet pre-preamp boards give the M3B the ability to handle even very low output MC cartridges with low noise and superb fidelity.
The sound of this preamp will blow your mind out ! Insane quality and clarity, very deep bass !
I have priced this preamp to sell and I'm firm on the price. I will not respond to offers or "what's the lowest you will take" questions.
Buyer pays shipping cost and it will be packaged in the original double Audible Illusions box as well as a third box.
Don't wait, this one might not last long at this price!