Ice H2O AudioFirenew(ice)H2O Audio FIRE Preamplifier - NEW VERSIONDISCLAIMER: No affiliation with h2oaudio dot com DESCRIPTIONS: - Newly designed Class-A MOSFET FIRE 2.0 Preamplifier, $3500 re-introductory price - Circuit topology and biasing remain as origin...3500.00

(ice)H2O Audio FIRE Preamplifier - NEW VERSION

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Ships fromHouston, TX, 77072
Ships toUnited States and Canada
Package dimensions24.0" × 18.0" × 18.0" (64.0 lbs.)
Shipping carriersUPS or FedEx
Shipping cost$250.00
Original accessoriesRemote Control, Manual
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DISCLAIMER: No affiliation with h2oaudio dot com  
- Newly designed Class-A MOSFET FIRE 2.0 Preamplifier, $3500 re-introductory price
- Circuit topology and biasing remain as original (per Henry Ho's)
- Remained as dual Mono design
- Power transformers upgraded from 250VA to 400VA each
- Regulated power supplies were upgraded to higher performance type
- Larger heatsink area (lower temperature compare to smaller original FIRE)
- Single chassis - Power supply and Preamplifier are in the same enclosure
CONDITION: New, fully tested, approximately 100 burn-in hours

- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz (0dB), 5Hz-120KHz (-3dB)
- Gain: 9.5 dB
- Input Impedance: 22 Kohms
- Output Impedance: 20 Ohms
- Inputs: 4 Single-ended RCA
- Outputs: 2 Single-ended RCA (in parallel)
- Power Consumption: 110 Watts
- Volume: Remote/FIRE (Adjustment, Mute/Unmute, Pre-programmed level)
- Input Select: Remote/FIRE
- Power Transformer: 400VA x 2
- Dimensions: W434mm(17") x H200mm(7.9") x D414mm (16.3")
- Weight: 57 lbs
PAYMENT: Accept PAYPAL, Money Order
SHIPPING/HANDLING: Buyer pays a flat $250 within US Continental 50 States by FedEx/UPS Ground
RETURN: NOT ACCEPTED (Note: "POLICIES" tab indicates otherwise). Still, NOT ACCEPTED

WARRANTY: 1-year, parts and labor, buyer pays 2-way shipping costs

- FIRE 2.0 Preamplifier
- Milled solid aluminum remote control
- AC power cord
- RCA to 3.5mm stereo headphone cable (though, not intended as a headphone amp, owner could test its suitability)
"Henry's equipment is so revealing that good material sounds great, bad CDs, sound just that. I put away my tube equipment for Henry's designs and have not looked back."

"I've spent the past year auditioning many preamps and as far as solid state goes, I haven't found anything better. The Fire is incredibly musical, warm and fully fleshed out, with wonderful extended highs."
"If you can't yet tell, my foremost impression is that the Fire creates beautiful music. There is no annoying glare of a problematic solid state upper midrange, or the masking of a bloated midbass, or the false leading edges and harmonics of over-hyped detail. One might think from reading my notes that the Fire is colored to the warmer end of the spectrum, but I don't think this is the case. Instead, the Fire is letting the natural warmth and detail inherent in a recording pass on to the amplifier. I hear more body, warmth, detail, dimension and dynamics, and can't help but get drawn into and swept away by the music."
"The Fire also played an unusual trump card more often associated with low-wattage tube amplification. It made low-level information more apparent, trevealing complex leading and trailing edges on instruments as well as enhancing dimensional solidity and soundstage boundaries.

It recreated not only the musicians but the totality of the event in a musically coherent manner.

Where the other preamplifiers emphasized transparency and the distance between objects, the Fire filled those empty spaces with huge amounts of acoustical information. Which was right? See-through clarity or the dense atmosphere of a smoky jazz club? I can say with conviction that if the Fire was wrong it certainly was absolutely compelling and consistently drew me into its version of the event.

The Fire Preamplifier is hot in more ways than one. Yes it runs a fever like a power amplifier; yes it is bare-boned in its functions and deserves a metal remote in keeping with its intended pedigree. But all of that is forgotten once the first notes play. Its calling card of ambience retrieval is stunning and its ability to suspend disbelief, pulling you into the event rather than presenting the event to you, makes this effort something very special."

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