The Ambrosia is also available as a line stage only without the phono stage for only $5995.00.
The Spread Spectrum Technologies Ambrosia preamp just received an awesome review in the January 2012 Absolute Sound. (We have black as well as blue available)
They summed up with:
"The Ambrosia and Ampzilla are by any standard statement products that can take their place among the finest amps and preamps that money can buy. At $15,000 the combo is far from inexpensive, though that figure does include two excellent phono preamps and a headphone amplifier. Reflect, too, that there are competing electronics exceeding $100,000 that give you far less of everything. To those who find it impossible to believe components priced as reasonably as these can possibly be as good as those costing a whole lot more, I only say "they are". Please audition with your mind as open as your ears." If I wee closing up shop tomorrow as a reviewer I would buy them and live happily ever after."
The Ambrosia stereo preamp is from Jim Bongiorno, the maker of the Ampzilla power amps, is a superb, full featured solid state preamplifier. This 50 pound fully balanced preamp has giant power supplies, one of the best remote controls made and a world class MM/MC phono stage. It also has excellent tone controls and a balance control.
The user interface system in the Ambrosia is all electronic. There are no physical switches on controls of any kind in the signal path. All functions are 100% microprocessor controlled. All functions can be controlled from both the front panel as well as the remote control.
Here are some Dick Olsher quotes from his review in March, 2008:
"the Ambrosia is a sensation at any price point. Here is a full function preamplifier complete with MM and MC phono capability that for me bridges the sonic gap between solid-state and tube designs. If you already own a tube or hybrid amp, the Ambrosia should prove most complementary."
"Vinyl playback through the internal Moving Magnet (MM) stage provided superlative sound quality."
"The Ambrosia's tone controls gave me the opportunity to tweak the speaker's tonal balance to my liking."
"The music's harmonic tapestry was remarkably silky and yet exquisitely detailed. The soundstage was solidly fleshed out with an excellent depth perspective and extremely stable image placement. Most telling was the manner in which vinyl surface noise, clicks and pops, were dispensed with."
"Its low distortion signature and superlative transient response were responsible for a fluid delivery and enhanced clarity."
Read the entire review at:
The Ambrosia outweighs many power amplifiers at 50 pounds net. Most of the weight is due to a huge low EMI power transformer mounted in its own can. It features four secondary windings that are used to power each circuitry section independently, and in the process eliminate ground loops. In addition, 15 independent power supply regulators are employed throughout for immunity against AC mains fluctuations. This is one serious piece of work.
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Please note that we have both black and blue amps and preamps available.
4 completely separate sets of transformer windings which power the four main sections of the preamp. These four sections are moving coil, moving magnet, line, and display and control. Each section in addition has its own multiple regulators (16 regulators in all).
3 main inputs (CD, FM, AUX) plus one combo XLR jack that can be either balanced or unbalanced. Separate tone controls for each channel, both bass and treble, with 4 different inflection points each selectable via main menu.
-Worlds most exotic power transformer Triple shielded with Fe bands plus inter layer grounded shields, plus complete mu metal wrap, plus complete seamless Fe can.
-Balanced input circuit has an anti-common-mode driver to prevent common mode distortion.
-Discrete power buffers will drive any headphones known to man. 2 pairs on the front panel. Main outputs are single ended (2 pairs) and balanced, 2 pairs.
-Complete tape copy and monitor functions for 2 decks.
-Completely separate and dedicated inputs and outputs for both MC and MM cartridges (as well as through tape functions). Both phono sections are completely separate each with their own Power supply regulators. Each phono section has its own selectable 20Hz low cut filter.
-All grounding has been engineered to completely eliminate any possibilities of grounding interference or ground loops.
The user interface system in the Ambrosia is all electronic. There are no physical switches on controls of any kind in the signal path. All functions are 100% microprocessor controlled. On the front panel there are 5 push button momentary switches and a main optical shaft encoder. These 6 functions are exactly duplicated on the remote control (supplied). The entire operation of the system is menu driven which makes functionality a breeze. Once learned, youll never use another preamp without it.
-Phono inputs: MC gain 64dB, 58dB, 52dB selectable, MM 42dB
-Line: 20dB to plus output, Balanced: 20dB
-Maximum output: 10Volts RMS unbalanced
-Output impedance: 50 Ohms, all outputs
Headphone output: 1 Ohm
-Noise (all referred to input) (20-20kHz):
MC 70nV, 32nV (400-20kHz)
MM: .4u, Line: 2uV
-Tone Controls: +/- 12 dB nominal,
Turnover points: Bass: 200, 300, 400, 500 Hz, Treble: 2kHz, 3kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz nominal
-THD: .01% max inputs to main outputs @ 2V RMS rated output,
20Hz to 20kHz.
Phono, RIAA Equalized, 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- .5dB max deviation
Line, 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- .25dB max deviation
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