Submitted March 28, 2011 by a customer from gmail.com
"Buy this. If short on cash, get the non-digital version"
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If I lost mine, I would replace it. Though, maybe not the digital version, depending on what converter I had at the time. But the preamp is best value for the money out there, if you are into the tube sound --which I am.
Over the past year, I have bought pretty much one of every make of cheap tube preamp out there, including this one. How does it rate? The best of the bunch. Of course it is the most expensive... But you do get two channels. I like this unit, but would urge readers to change the tubes. The Chinese tubes in it are not that great and really do not let the unit sing. I use Mullards and and am very happy, especially at high plate voltage. The unit has a fairly shallow noise floor and so is not totally pro gear, but for the price, it is better than anything I have found.
Nice features, including the dual plate voltage. Have not fully tested out the digital features yet, though.
Ease of Use
Easy to use and a good manual.
It is a well made medium quality unit. I think the weak link in all Art products seems to be the power supply and I would encourage users to run it through a power conditioner/filter system.
Solid value --this digital unit and the less expensive analogue sibling. If you have the cash, buy it.
The Wow Factor
Looks fine. I mean, it's a rack mount unit --what do you want?
lifelong amateur musician
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