"The moment I fired up PBN Audio’s solid-state Olympia-L preamplifier, I let out a "Wow!" of pure delight. The sound was astonishingly vivid, full, and gorgeous. My Sonus Faber Grand Piano Home speakers seemed like big barrels overflowing with sweet, clear sonic rainwater...PBN Audio’s Olympia-L is well engineered and impressively built assaults on this division. It combines much of the grace and finesse of tubes with the precision, and effort-free maintenance of the best of solid-state. And in terms of pure clarity, I’ve heard nothing better." - Garrett Hongo * UltaAudio
PBN Audio, the fine-electronics wing of the celebrated Montana Loudspeakers company, is the brainchild of Peter Bichel Noerbaek, the Danish-born engineer behind all the design, research, and development for both firms. Noerbaek launched PBN in 2002, after having produced a preamp and a line of power amps for Sierra Audio in the late 1990s. This regerence pramplifier was built in the PBN Custom Shop at Noerbaek’s headquarters in El Cajon, California.
The Olympia-L preamp is an all-FET design with an external MPS power supply (9.5"W x 4.25"H x 14.25"D) that has a 375VA transformer with 80,000µF of capacitance. The main transformer features quad secondary windings and HEXFRED diodes for rectification. A proprietary, military-grade, 14-conductor connector of 16-gauge Teflon-sheathed silver wire -- a serious umbilical -- joins the power supply to the preamp proper, which measures 18.5"W x 4.25"H x 14.5"D. This main unit houses four independent regulators and provides 20dB of gain.
Preamplifier, power supply, umbilical cord, remote control and power cord included. Everything will be boxed to perfection for safe travel.
Condition, both cosmetically and operationally, is excellent!