SW1X LPU III Balanced Phono

SW1X Audio Design™ LPU III Balanced Performance Level 3 MM Valve Phono Pre-Amplifier

 

The LPU III Balanced is a Signal Output Transfomer (OPT) de-coupled version of the LPU III.

Just like with all our Balanced versions, highest Quality Signal OPTs further improve transparency & dynamics.

The classic RIAA circuit is made of specially selected materials & components out of production and only available in limited quantities.

LPU I, LPU II and LPU III family of Phono Pre-Amplifiers share similar tube input stage- a pair of EF86 pentode tubes. Due to the brilliant sound character of the EF86 those tubes were commonly used in many radios and RTR tape recorders in the early 60s. The idea of their circuit design was borrowed from the input stage of early Reel to Reel (RTR) tape recorders, which were used in the mastering studios and radio stations. Maybe that is one of the reasons as why most recording from the 60s are sounding at their best, much better than from the 70s and 80s? In a way, the EF86 input tube design closes the loop and makes all our LPU Phono Amps range a time-less classic.

 

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SW1X Audio Design™ LPU III Balanced Phono Features:

  • Specially Selected and Harmonically Matched Component & Material Quality
  • MM Phono Pre-amplifier is suitable for all moving magnet (MM) or moving coil (MC) in combination with a matching SUT
  • Classic 2 Gain Stage Pentode Input-RIAA-Triode Output Design
  • Signal Output Transformer De-coupled, Zero NFB, Triode Valve Output Stage in Pure Class A, (inductive loading & de-coupling) Circuit Topology
  • SW1X Audio DesignCustom Designed Copper wound Super HiB DC core Signal Output Transformers
  • Based on 2 x EF86 Pentodes Input and 2 x 6S45P Special Driver Triodes on the Output
  • Active Series-Resistor-less RIAA Equalization
  • 5U4GB Valve Rectified CLC2RC (choke filtered) B+ Power Supply
  • 47K Input Impedance & < 200 Ohm Output Impedance
  • Total Gain is approx. 46-52 dB depending on the Choice of Valves
  • Maximum Input Voltage: 350mV
  • Orient Grain, M6 EI Core, Copper flux banded, mains Transformer & Choke

 

Tube Compliment:  2 x EF86, 2 x 6S45P, 1 x 5U4GB

 

Optional Extras:

  • Fully Hardwired Tube Output Stage on the Bakelite Board
  • Fine Silver wiring on the Input, Bakelite Board and Output
  • SW1X Audio DesignCustom Designed & Fully or Partly Silver wound Super HiB DC core Signal Output Transformers
  • Black Gate VK capacitors in the B+ power supply
  • AN 2W non-magnetic Niobium resistors on a Hardwired Bakelite Board
  • Super HiB double C-Core mains transformers for the DHT/DHD power supplies
  • Silver Foil capacitors Inter-stage Signal de-coupling Capacitors
  • AN 2W Silver, non-magnetic, Tantalum resistors

 

 

Note: Due to SW1X Audio Design’s ongoing research and development process, specifications are subject to change without notice.

Specifications

Dimensions: Height (mm) 140 x Width (mm) 440 x Depth (mm) 410

Weight (kg): 11.5

Max Power Consumption (W): 15

Output Noise, Unweighted (mVrms): < 0.5

Output Impedance (Ohms): <20

Tube Compliment:  2 x EF86, 2 x 6S45P, 1 x 5U4GB

Front panel options: Silver or matte Black

 

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Ordering

We do not recommend purchasing a key system component without first auditioning it carefully, which is why we have demonstration rooms and a 14 day trial period policy. However in certain situations it can be difficult for people to get to our showroom and for those instances we can offer our mail order service.

 

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