Up for sale is an Allnic L1500 Line Stage Preamplifier.
This Line Stage is special because it brings to the table very, very much of the Allnic way of life, while being their entry-level line stage with an entry level price.
I purchased this unit in late October, and it was built and subsequently delivered in early November 2018. I purchased it, out of the many preamps out there, for the following reasons: to have something that is all-tube, built by a master of- and believer in- tubes (Kang Su Park, who has spent his life studying tubes), to work with a company that has good support from dealers/distributors (Albert Porter, active here on Audiogon), and to have something that is wired fully balanced to gain the full benefit of using balanced cables. This last point is no joke. I run 20 foot interconnects from my line stage to power amps - I tested both RCA and XLR, and I heard a difference in the amount of background noise.
The word that comes to mind when I think of the music that comes through this thing is: spacious. Music seems to be everywhere, while vocals stay focused down center. And, particularly when running balanced, it packs a punch.
You can run this with a subwoofer, as I do. Run Line 1 out to your power amps, and Line 2 into your subwoofer, and it works perfectly.
There is about a year and a half of warranty left, and should anything ever go wrong after that, a very well known tubes company based in California is the official Allnic "mechanic" in the USA, so you could always have it professionally fixed.
Reason for sale: simply, my system is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, running as my home theater on top of two channel stereo system. So, I am swapping it out for a Line Stage that has slightly more functionality, that is not so singularly focused (a good thing for many, of course).
This thing does one thing and one thing only, and that's serve as a line stage for two channel audio, and it does so as well as anything else I have ever heard, and I've heard plenty. To boot, I think it looks cooler than most.
"Mint - Essentially never used, factory fresh appearance!
The word "mint" is used so often that it's meaning is taken for granted. In the Audiogon Grading Scale, Mint can be used to describe an item if it meets the following criteria without exception.
The item must have been removed from its' original packing and used for less than one year. Electronics must have no visible scratches, nicks, or blemishes anywhere on the piece. The gold plating on input/output connectors should evidence no scratches or discoloration. Chrome should have absolutely no pitting or discoloration, especially around screwheads.
Very few pre-owned or demo items qualify for this level, so we strongly recommend a thorough inspection of the item before rating it a 10/10."
This Line Stage checks every box of the above criteria. It is in every sense 10/10, perfect condition, and lightly used these past ~six months.
I'll pay for shipping. PayPal +2.9% fee. Have all original packaging + remote.