Boulder, CO-based Boulder Amplifiers announces the release of their new model 1008 Phono Preamplifier ($12,000), which a company press release describes as “the junior sibling to Boulder’s $33,500 2008 Phono Preamplifier, widely acknowledged as the world’s finest phono stage my no small margin.” Boulder emphasizes that the 1008 borrows many technical features from its bigger brother, making the 1008 “a brilliant performer at nearly 1/3 the price of the 2008.”
Below, we present verbatim a list of the 1008’s technical highlights as described in the Boulder press release:
Multiple Equalization Curves
Just as in the 2008, the 1008 features three additional EQ curves in addition to the standard RIAA curve, each selectable via a front panel button: FFRR, Columbia, and EMI. These equalization curves enable correct and accurate playback of LP records made prior to 1954. An option on the 2008, these EQ curves are included as standard in the 1008.
Simple, Single Chassis Design
All electronics and features are contained within a single, beautifully machined aluminum chassis.
+6 dB Greater Gain for MC Cartridges
Research into the thermal properties of electronics has resulted in greater gain for low output moving coil cartridges with no increase in the noise floor of the gain circuit.
985 Gain Stage
The 1008 uses the 985 gain stage, a discrete initial gain stage for significantly reduced distortion and noise. All 985 circuitry is housed in a massive aluminum housing and then potted in a proprietary epoxy resin for thermal stability and increased reliability.
Fully Balanced, Dual Mono Construction
Inputs and outputs are high quality, fully balanced connections and all audio circuitry is dual mono for total isolation of left and right channels.
Dual Inputs and Outputs
Two inputs per channel are available for connecting multiple tonearms, each with customizable “personality cards” which can be tailored for optimal loading of specific phono cartridges.
Other features include a switchable 20 Hz low cut filter, selectable true mono mode for monaural recordings played on a stereo cartridge and extensive magnetic shielding of the main power transformer to eliminate noise in the audio stages.
For more information, visit: www.boulderamp.com.