The Aurorasound PREDA is an outstanding and very innovative preamp. Its list of features is long like a 54-step transformer-coupled volume control, fully balanced, true dual-mono design, gain-selector, gold-plated circuit boards, rhodium-plated connectors, golden-age transistors (developed especially for audio), glass-encapsulated relays, and more.
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The sound is extremely detailed and transparent (without sounding thin), very clear and clean with super low noise floor, full-bodied with rich textures and very fast and dynamic.
StereoTimes Most Wanted Component 2015 Award
Michael Wright, The StereoTimes, (April 2016) concluded: "...at just under $13K the PREDA will easily compete with preamps in the $20K price-range. And when you combine it with its matching phono stage, the VIDA, you have a killer preamp setup that both digital and analog lovers can dig. I recognized the PREDA as a “Stereo Times Most Wanted Component” for 2015. The only way that I can possibly express my appreciation for it more would be to actually buy it. I’ll be spending the rest of 2016 trying to figure out how to do just that. Highly recommended..." CLICK HERE to check out the entire review
Review by HiFi Critics and winner of the Audio Excellence Award
Martin Colloms, HiFi Critcs (07/2015) concluded: "...while rather more costly than the matching phono stage, this control unit sets a still higher standard. High precision best describes the sound, build and operation, while the range of balanced and singleended inputs alongside full remote control represents an all-too-rare combination of virtues. Alongside its fine flexibility and ergonomics, the technical and subjective performance alone attains the Audio Excellence standard, which is the rating we award this highly precise, neutral and informative control unit..." Check out the entire review
Reviewed by hi-finews Nov. 2014, receiver of the Editor's Choice Award
Steve Harris concluded: "...no ordinary preamp, to say the least, the Preda seems to reflect its designer's long experience in modern commercial electronics as well as his lifelong audiophile quest. It's somewhat idiosyncratic in styling and ergonomics and so it may not be for everyone. But sonically, it can be revelatory, excelling at portraying the realism of vocal textures, for example, which makes the music expressive. It must be heard!" Check out the entire review
A conventional resistor-type attenuator waste energy of reduced signal as heat. Since the current in a preamplifier is small, it does not give off high heat, however, attenuated signal is discharged in the air as heat. A transformer-type attenuator is an electric energy convertor without energy loss, therefore, it allows lossless signal level control. A typical transformer-type attenuator has only around 32 steps, but Aurorasound adopted 54 steps, which allows precise setting of volume level.
Highly-reliable Lead Relay used for tap selection
Highly-reliable lead relay encapsulated in small glass tubes are of UK-based Pickering Manufacture. ON/OFF switching is accomplished by an external magnetic field generated by current in the coil. Multiple lead relays are completely shielded by mu-metal to avoid interferences.
Newly Developed Aurora-AMP Module
Aurora-AMP Module is a discrete amplifier, capable of handling heavy load for high driving, up to 110dB open-loop gain. It has 12MHz gain-band width, THD+N of 0.0003%, through-rate of 28V/ usec, offering extremely high performance. The PCB is gold plated, without use of resist process to avoid any coloration on sound. PREDA uses 6 units of this AMP module. This unit has become the core amplifier module of Aurorasound representing our company’s sound philosophy.
Well-recognized power supply
The power supply is highly reputable for its super-low noise and high speed. PREDA is equipped with 2 independent power supply units for L/R channels. These power supplies are packaged in series to cancel unnecessary leakage flux from the transformers.
Balanced Input has Instrumentation Amp Structure
An Instrumentation AMP is used for the input of XLR balance signal. Output goes through Aurora-AMP module, which has high precision with balanced transfer circuit, allowing well balanced transmission of the signals. It requires a total of 4 modules in order to accomplish a completely balanced architecture including AMP and volume control for L/R channels. In addition, attenuation level in the HOT and COLD circuits, frequency responses, distortion must be identical in each channel. Otherwise, the differences will surface in the output stage. On the other hand, there are substantial merits such as immune to external noises and cable length. For these reasons, PREDA adopted balanced structure.
INPUT Line-level RCA Unbalanced x4, XLR Balanced x2
OUTPUT RCA Unbalanced x1, XLR Balanced x1 (#2HOT is convertible to #3 HOT with Global Phase Invert)
GAIN 10dB, -6dB at Gain select SW on
Frequency Response 5Hz - 100kHz /1.5dB
Total Harmonic Distortion 0.008% A weighted
INPUT/OUTPUT Impedance Input 56kΩ / Output 47Ω
Function 54-Step Volume Control, add. 16step at Low Gain mode, L/R Balance Control, Mute, Display On/Off, Input Selector x6, Global Phase Reverse, Remote Control for all functions
Size and Weight W 420 x D 330 x H 90mm, 10.8kg AC100-120V or AC220-240V
Aurorasound is a company from Yokohama, Japan. Designer and director Shinobu Karaki has 28 years expierience working for Texas Instruments Japan Inc. He is also a passionate musican, music teacher and an audiophile first grade since many years. His love to music, trained ears and extensive know-how in electronics and integrated circuits makes Mr. Karaki-san the ideal person to design high-end audio devices.
As a business we have to collect 8% TAX from buyers in California