Knut Cornils, owner and designer of VALVET in Germany, developed a second version of his top-line, highly recognized and award winning tube preamp soulshine. The soulshine8!
Like the original design it uses only one Mundorf Supreme Silver/Gold/Oil capacitor per channel and the circuitry has been re-designed for the use of 6SN7 tubes instead of ECC802S and 12BH7A. Not only one but two pairs of "Full Music" 6SN7 tubes doing their little magic and make the sound even more resolving with more authority and weight. The signal path is wired with pure silver/gold alloy wire and is as short as possible.
Even though the Full Music 6SN7 tubes are a very good choice (re-branded in the US to Sophia Electric), this is paradise for tube rolling. We can provide new Full Music, NOS Sylvania Bad Boys, black glass Tung-Sol, NOS Military Grade Sylvania JAN VT-231, black glass Kenrad 6SN7GT, NOS red base RCA 5692 and more...
The soulshine8, handmade in Germany, provides connections for 5 line inputs. These can be selected by means of a high-quality, mechanical ELMA dial near the sockets. In the middle of the front are two 24-pole step-switches for input gain and balance adjustment. With these gain controls you have the possibility to adjust the input level of your source components for the optimal position of the actual volume control knob (24-step switch or remote control).
The external power supply uses a powerful torodial core transformer and, for the first time, a solid-state rectifier, since this design has proven to be advantageous for the sound of the soulshine®. No component-overkill, but perfect working conditions for the soulshine®. All housing components are made of aluminum, between 2 und 12mm thick. Pre-amp and power supply rest on turned hardwood cones.
The soulshine® shows exceptional detail, plasticity and sound stage. Everything is played on a black/still background. The listener hears no tube noise, but many tube virtues. Voices really have body, strings have the right fluidity, and an electric guitar sounds just like it should. Especially the harmony between silence and dynamics captivates the listener right away.
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