We are pleased to announce that Tortuga Audio will soon be releasing a new LDR preamp model, the LDR300.V25.
The LDR300 is a 3 input, dual output, unity gain (no gain stage!) buffered preamp with a low impedance solid state JFET ouput buffer stage mated with our high performance V25 LDR attenuator. The absense of a gain stage combines the best aspects of a passive preamp together with the elegant simplicity of a robust output buffer to deliver outstanding sonic performance. For those who don't happen to have source components with highly robust output stages and thus can't derive the full benefit of a passive preamp, the LDR300 provides the muscular punch and dynamics to bring out the very best in our LDR attenuator.
A specific release date has not been set but we currently expect to start shipping in the latter half of August.
Pricing has not been finalized but will be incremental to the existing base price of $1195 for the existing LDR3.V25 passive preamp without the buffer.
The LDR300.V25 will be available soon for pre-order at a discount off the to-be-announced LDR300 base price.
Please note that the LDR300 is a single-ended model. Due to space constraints within our standard LDR1B.V25 enclosure a comparable self-contained buffered balanced model is not practical, however, we do plan on offering a standalone balanced solid state buffer which when mated with our LDR1B.V25 will yield comparable performacne to the LDR300. Full kits including possibly a parts-in-a-bag buffer board only kit are being considered. Buffer retrofits to existing LDR3 preamps will also be offered.
Last but not least we'll be organzing a AudioCircle tour for the LDR300 so let me know if you're interested in participating.
More info on the LDR300 will be available soon.