With the PREDA-TBSP Karaki-san is pushing the envelope. The PREDA-TBSP (True Balanced Signal Path) is a big step up from the well recognized original PREDA. The design architecture is fully balanced from top to bottom.
The PREDA-TBSP is the high grade version of the PREDA with true balanced signal path. From input, amplification, autoformer attenuator, output buffer to output, the complete signal path is of true balanced configurations. This is almost twice the complexity of total circuitry compared to standard PREDA. The PREDA-TBSP system can eliminate common mode noise and get rid of ground noise influences. It transmits the purest possible music signal from source to power amplifier. The power supply unit is in its separate chassis. Four units of power transformer and regulators are completely independent for left/right channel and analog/digital control section. PREDA-TBSP is a non compromise control center for real balanced signal path audio systems. All functions are remote controlled.
Srajan Ebaen of 6moons.com about the PREDA-TBSP:
"...a sonic tutorial for the Preda would call it an uncompromised passive on sheer transparency. Uncompromised means zero impedance/drive issues no matter the ancillaries including cable lengths. On speed, drive and control, it switches gears to behave like a high-gain wide-bandwidth circuit. That implies no signal-path capacitors and no phase shift. To the ears, it's a not exactly common 'hybrid'. Add superlative build and comprehensive functionality. It all delivers a complete package. The only real proviso, coin excepted, is that its true balanced architecture mandates also using it in the context of a fully balanced system to get its best and cash in fully on such a serious investment. This really is extremist hifi at its best!"
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Reviews for the standard PREDA:
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
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
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
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.
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