***** PRICE DROP *****
This pre-amp has been at the center of my system performance for a few years now and it always amazes me with its top to bottom frequency handling, dynamic range, nuance, sound-staging, imaging and overall “very non solid state” conveyance of whatever music I am playing. I’ve heard a lot of pre-amps and there are many great ones. I’ve heard and directly compared this to the new C-02X and frankly don’t hear much if any difference. The only pre-amp in the Esoteric line that beats this is the Grandioso C1 at more than 2X the price.
Many who have heard it say that if it is not ’the’ best solid-state line-stage they’ve heard, that it’s on a very short list.
Price when new $23,500 USD
Asking $10,000 USD or best reasonable offer. Due to the size and weight, buyer to pay for shipping of their choice.
Paypal Preferred for the benefit of both parties. Buyer to pay the US or International PP fees unless we can negotiate an all-inclusive deal good for both parties.
I’ve had this wonderful pre-amp for approximately 4 years. Reason for selling…thanks to my latest almost entirely active speaker setup with Legacy Wavelet, this pre-amp is no longer strictly needed and I’ll either stick with Wavelet only or eventually move to a Grandioso C1.
This is a 15-amp US power 120V / 60 Hz version.
RCA x 3 pairs (RCA 2 can be used as an AV pre-input)
XLR x 2 pairs
Input impedance LINE :10kΩ
Input sensitivity At rated output : 510 mV
At 800 mV output : 200 mV
Maximum input level 12 V
Analog audio outputs
Connectors RCA x 2 pairs
XLR x 2 pairs
***Can drive multiple outputs at once, perfect for bi-amping!!!!***
Output impedance RCA 47Ω
XLR 100 Ω
Total harmonic distortion
0.0004% ( XLR)
1Hz - 200 kHz (-3 dB )
3Hz - 50 kHz (-0.2 dB)
Signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) 116 dB (2 V input, A-weight )
Gain +12 dB
Rated output 2 V
Maximum output level
7.5 V (RCA output, 1kHz, 0.003%)
15V (XLR output, 1kHz, 0.003%)
Power supply AC 120V 60Hz
Power consumption 21 W
External dimensions (W x H x D) (including protrusions)
445 x 162 x 457 mm (17 5/8"x 6 1/2"x 18")
Weight 32 kg (70 5/8 lb)
Shipping Dimensions (W x H x D) 24” x 24” x 24”
Approximate Shipping Weight: 100 lbs
Power cord x 1 / Remote control (RC -1156) x 1
Owner's manual x 1ORIGINAL Esoteric Heavy-Duty Multi-Box Shipping Cartons with heavy cradles included.
Check out my extensive feedback for proof of a smooth transaction!