T+AP1230R T+A P1230R  Stereo Preamp in a Black FinishInnovative Audio is one of New York’s leading High End Audio store. Located on Manhattan’s East Side ( 150 East 58th Street) in the A & D Building. Innovative Audio has always been dedicated to pro...2900.00

T+A P1230R Stereo Preamp in a Black Finish [Expired]

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Innovative Audio is one of New York’s leading High End Audio store. Located on Manhattan’s East Side ( 150 East 58th Street) in the A & D Building. Innovative Audio has always been dedicated to providing their clients the best sounding (and performing) audio components available. This listing is for a T+A P1230R Stereo Preamp in a Black Finish. The photo used is the silver so you can see clearly how the preamp is laid out. Again this listing is in BLACK. Founded in 1978, T+A Elektroakustik of Germany began by building loudspeakers and by 1988 had expanded to electronics. By 1997 T+A which stands for Theory + Application was into active loudspeaker design, CD players, tuners, DACs and home theater components. Today all the essential components and software are developed in house. Subcontractor and final production is fully based in Germany. Stirling Trayle and James Shannon handle T+A’s U.S. sales effort and in a recent conversation Shannon pointed out, that “the desire to build very complete and fully optimized systems has always driven T+A's engineering efforts; today, they are one of the very first high end companies to create fully optimized components for integrating network attached storage devices into an audio system, along with iPod, internet radio, and other new digital sources of high quality music. T+A is one of very few companies in the world who have the resources and engineering strength (the company now employs 8 graduate level engineers, and 12 properly educated technicians on staff) and financial strength to compete in the new areas of streaming audio and video technology.” Visually it’s a conservative, almost quaint design. Its low-profile visage more like the pro outboard equipment you’d likely see rack-mounted in a recording studio. But closer examination reveals impeccable construction and finish quality. Outstanding in every performance parameter and as quiet as a morgue on Christmas the P1230R has become for me the new audio Windex for transparency. It doesn’t sound especially like solid state or tubes yet there’s warmth amidst the control. It’s unsettling the amount of music that it’s retrieving but most especially in the way it reproduces instrumental timbre and micro-dynamic gradations. And it did it in a way that’s unique to my experience and that only now I feel somewhat capable of describing. This pre “settles” music in a way that sings of authenticity. Your ear and brain simply hear more of what sounds real and at the lowest levels. There’s a moment at the end of Norah Jones’ “Sinking Soon” where a musician is miked just lightly blowing into a horns mouthpiece–no note just directed air. It’s subtle and easily missed. Not anymore! The P1230R imparts more subtleties from transient tidbits and harmonics–like a textural scale that ranges from extra silken to soft to gradations of hardness and coarse right on out to deadly razor sharp, there’s a range of expression here that effortlessly defines every aspect of a performance. It doesn’t do this by tripping up the listener with being laid back or dynamically crunching the presentation either. What I really keep coming back to is the difficult to describe relaxed and musical nature of its sound¬¬. Perfect? Okay, okay, I haven’t heard everything out there. And colleagues like Robert Harley and Jonathan Valin (not to forget HP) have routinely experienced reproduced audio on a scale that I seldom encounter. But I know live music and I play a couple instruments, if not brilliantly then well enough to understand their performance envelope. The P1230R sounds to me like music. This will come with a warranty. This is a new unit where the box was opened to verify it. T+A offers remotes as a option. This one does not come with a remote. A new when can be ordered if needed. Buyer pays for shipping. We will ship only to the US. Wire Transfer and a cleared check is accepted.
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