It's Friday, and as promised, I have some pics of the upcoming L2 Signature Preamplifier
to share. Keep in mind that like the pics of the L2 Monoblocks above, these are quite compressed images to load on audiocircle, but it's a good start! David Evett will be sending me even nicer pics of both the L2 Preamp and Monoblocks for my website next month].
Here we go!
[L2 Signature Preamplifier Front View, w/o Mesh Tube Covers]
[L2 Signature Preamplifier Front View, w/ Mesh Tube Covers]
[L2 Signature Preamplifier Back View, w/o Mesh Tube Covers]
[L2 Signature Preamplifier Front Angle View, w/ Mesh Tube Covers]
[L2 Signature Preamplifier Top Angle View, w/ Mesh Tube Covers, and showing Mesh Ventilation & engraved logo to match aesthetic of the L2 Signature Monoblocks]
As I mentioned earlier, details are always subject to change, but the following information is the latest that I can share at the moment:
- Just as with the L2 Monoblocks, the L2 Preamplifier is very SOLID (Thick, finely brushed CNC'd aluminum panel construction)!
It's also approx. 3 inches less wide than LIO, but approx. 1.5" taller.
- All circuitry has all been completely redesigned from the ground up.
- With mesh tube covers installed, triodes used in this new circuit are quieter than ever! They can even be internally bypassed with a JFET stage (with a flip of a switch), and there are added gain settings if needed (some users of lower gain tube power amps will appreciate this).
- Output impedance of both SE and BAL outputs is quite low and will have no problem driving loads down to 5kohm with ease.
- Just one switch on the rear-panel to adjust the filament voltage for the various triodes that can be used.
- The left/right Belleson super-regulators for the triode filaments are attached to the 0.5" thick aluminum side panels, so they run cool.
- Top cover mesh (same mesh pattern as L2 Monoblocks) allows for plenty of ventilation.
- The new motherboard PCB layout (4-layer board), as well as power supply PCB layout, we're done by a true layout guru that I hired for this project.
- Firmware is very responsive. New display is larger than LIO, and there are knobs behind the front panel to adjust the display and red LED brightness. Last volume setting is saved when you turn L2 Preamp off and on again. Volume level does not change as you switch inputs. There is a MUTE button added on the front panel. SOURCE and VOLUME knobs are larger and are very solid (we are pressing a bearing into the front panel to secure the shafts), and they will have an awesome feel to them as well (as I mentioned earlier in this thread).UPDATES, May 18thL2 Signature Monoblocks:
- All parts (except for the enclosures) are in stock and we have started production!
- Enclosures are shipping end of this month.
- Custom hard cases (pictures coming soon) will be here end of this month.
- Website will have L2 Monoblocks shown and ready to order end of this month.
- Lead-time will be within approx. 3 weeks from when we receive your order.
- Once the L2 Monoblocks are on our website, I'll start a new thread for them here in the VR forum.
- Be on the lookout for an email newsletter by end of this month! If you haven't signed up already, here
is the link to do so: https://www.vinnierossi.com/newsletter-registration/L2 Signature Preamplifier:
- L2 DAC should be ready end of June.
- L2 Phonostage should be ready end of June.
- Website will have L2 Preamplifier shown and ready to order by end of June.
- L2 Preamplifier enclosures, parts, hard cases, etc. won't be here until early July,
and we should be shipping within approx. 3 weeks from when we receive your order (and subject to change based on demand).
- Once the L2 Preamplifier is on our website, I'll start a new thread for it here in the VR forum as well.
- Lots of more details to share soon enough!
Yeah... it's been busy!