The new Rhumba 1.1 preamp from Backert Labs. A single ended line stage using radically new technology developed by amplification veteran Bob Backert. Two 12au7 tubes, a beautiful remote volume control, and 12dB of gain.
Dynamic, rhythmic, clean and beautiful tubed sound, with sound quality FAR above its price.
The clear acrylic tube access door lets you see the warm glow of your tubes during late night listening sessions, and gives you instant access to change tubes, with no tools required.
The protective tube enclosure inside the tube access door means young fingers are safely prevented from touching the circuit board.
From reviewer Terry London in the recent Home Theater Review.com:
"Conclusion: When I reviewed the Backert Labs Rhythm 1.1 line stage, I considered it a bargain at its $7,500 price tag because it offered the same level of build quality and performance as my reference preamplifier, which retails for $24,000. As far as I can tell after a lengthy review process with the $2,995 Rhumba 1.1, the Backert Labs team has built a preamplifier that is at least at the same level of performance as its big brother in the areas of speed, dynamics, pace, micro-dynamics, accuracy, and beautiful tonality/timbres. If the Rhythm 1.1 was a bargain, then the Rhumba 1.1 at $2,995 can be considered to be the best deal in high-end gear for the 21st century. To go along with its stellar sonic performance, the Rhumba 1.1 looks and functions at a level that you expect from a much more expensive piece of gear.
With the Rhumba 1.1, Backert Labs may have shot itself in the financial foot by building a preamplifier that, I believe, is a sonic clone of its wonderful reference Rhythm 1.1, for $3,500 less. However, I greatly appreciate that the company has the ability to bring this kind of performance and build quality to a price point where many more music lovers will be able to purchase it for their systems."
The Rhumba 1.1 has the same gain stage circuitry and power supply design as our flagship preamp, the $7,500 Rhythm 1.1 (and over 90% of its sound quality).
Remote volume control.
Three RCA inputs, one XLR input.
Two RCA outputs, one XLR output.
REC OUT, and Home Theater bypass.
Black faceplate is a $100 option.
Full refund of your purchase price if you are not satisfied within 14 days.
The new Rhumba Extreme: This upgrade brings the Rhumba 1.1 shockingly close to our $7,500 Rhythm 1.1, with additional midrange resolution. $1,100.
Questions? You can just write to us here. You'll hear back from our President, Andy Tebbe.