audiopax model5 preamp in black. mint condition inc remote probably the best preamp on the planet under 10K
AWARD WINNING TIMBRE LOCK MECHANISM* ensuring TWO adjustable gain facilities, one the master volume control, the other a preamplifier/amplifier matching device ensuring THD optimization between preamp and amp. It comes with an Ecosse Big Red Powerchord x 1.5m @ £175.00 5 single-ended inputs, one rec-out and two single-ended pre-outs. One 4- and one 5-pin DIN socket connect twin captured umbilicals on the external power supply.
One central toggle selects between hi/low gain (23/12dB). Around front, things get a bit more unusual with the abundance of five rotary controls that do not include a balance control but dual-mono TimbreLock controls with precise hairline settings in 50 increments [below], one central master volume in again 50 steps, one rec-out control assigning one of the five inputs to those record sockets and the source selector control.
The AUDIOPAX comes with an RF unit that controls volume up/down.
The recently released Mk3 version of this preamp retails at $19000 in the USA Dubbed “the world’s best preamplifier” by the Editor of Brazil’s preeminent magazine (Clubo de Audio e Video) who awarded the Model 5 an extra half star beyond the highest possible rating. *Timbre Lock® technology won the most important award given by the traditional Britsh magazine Hi Fi News – the “Industry Award 2003 for Best Valve Amplifier Innovation”. It was d as “…a near genius application that works pure and simple”.
The Editor of Hi-Fi+, reviewed this Model 5 pre amplifier and penned a rave review:“…This is a product that makes recordings sound lively and direct, exciting and engaging… the way it holds the soloist against the orchestral background, extracting every ounce of his passion and technique.”…”For me that is what hi-fi should be all about and on those grounds the AUDIOPAX model five deserves, even demands, your attention…” [Roy Gregory, Editor]
This Model 5 won the “Jimmy Awards” by Jim Saxon of site SoundStage!: “From the land of Black Orpheus comes the Audiopax Model 5. Perhaps its Brazilian provenance excited my desires, but this preamp struck me as a potential jewel. The designer, Eduardo de Lima, is a gentleman who resonates with intelligence. If he says his preamp is tunable for timbre, I believe him. If he says the Model 5 offers world-class dynamics and definition, I believe him. If he says I have to fly to Rio de Janeiro to audition the unit, I believe him. With Carnaval only a few weeks away, I must have some frequent-flyer miles somewhere.”
The Model 5 had a stunning review by the editor of prestigious Norwegian magazine ‘Fidelity’ “…Should I collect my impression of the sound balance and sound quality, must it be this”