I’m selling this preamp for a friend; it belonged to her uncle who recently passed away. Because of that I don’t know exactly how old the unit is. I did put it into a system to confirm that it work perfectly - it does – and that there are no issues with it. Additionally, it is in very good condition, there are no scratches or blemishes on the faceplate and the stainless steal casework is in very good shape; my conservative rating is simply to reflect its age and that I do not have the grounding attachment that would have originally come with it (the owner didn’t ground the unit); one can easily be made.
This is the single-ended version (not the balanced version) that originally sold for $1295 and it is black. It does not have the remote upgrade.
If you’re not familiar with the Sonic Euphoria PLC, it is a passive line control (PLC) device that attenuates volume by means of an auto-transformer rather than a resistor network – there is no plug for this premp.
In April 2004 Michael Wright of Stereo Times described the sound of the PLC in this way
“When listening to the PLC, one of the first things you’ll have to get used to is how natural the musical portrayal is. If the character of the rest of your audio system is neutral, the PLC will render music that is clear and without discernible distortions.”
Earlier in his review he prefaced his description:
“Let me explain something to you before I get into describing how the PLC sounds. Please, whatever you do, do not think of this as just some overachieving $1,200 preamp because if you do, you’ll be cheating yourself big time. In fact, don’t even think about price when reading my description of the sound of the preamp. Friends who came by and listened to the PLC while I was evaluating it guessed prices anywhere from $3,000-$6,000. So let’s just say that it sounds like it’s worth far more than it actually cost.”
See the full Stereo Times review here:
Additionally, in January of 2006, Stereophile’s Brian Damkroger ended his review of the PLC by saying:
“I just dropped it into setups in which the only components anywhere near its price were power cords and equipment footers—and those setups didn't miss a beat. I just cued up the next record, sat down to enjoy the music, and didn't give the PLC another thought. If that's not a solid-gold recommendation, I don't know what is.
The full Stereophile review can be found here:
If you are at all interested in this preamp, I highly recommend you read both reviews, and/or any of the many others available online.
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