A wonderful, one-owner balanced preamp. Comes with Pelican shipping case. The matching mono-blocks are also for sale. Note: power cord not needed.
At the heart of the non-active Jay-Sho are autoformers made especially for Acoustic Imagery with very short signal paths. The internal wiring is Mundorf solid silver wire. The case is machined from heavy, solid billet aluminum.
The Levinson No. 52 preamplifier, list $30,000, is a superb component and a worthy upgrade to the already outstanding Levinson No. 326S
. The phono stage in the No. 52 is magnificent. The line stage in the No. 52 is cleaner, less electronic sounding with purer tones and better resolution than the 326S. These probably result from less interaction with the power supply, which is housed in a separate box, in addition to new and improved active circuitry.
The Jay-Sho is better. Imagine the sonic improvement going from the all-in-one box of the No. 326S to the two-box No. 52 with separate power supply. The difference is not trivial or small. Now imagine the sonic improvement going from a superbly engineered power supply to nopower supply, which enables a totally passive signal path. This removes any trace of the presence of additional active electronics between you and your music.
This pervasive sense of lifelike purity combined with seemingly limitless resolution is quickly addicting.