Circuits: Insight+ Line & Tone Control
Chassis: AVA EC
Buffered tape $199
International transformer $30
The Insight+ EC Preamplifier is our enhanced capability design with silky smooth tone controls that switch out of circuit when not used.The Insight+ preamplifier circuits give you all the music and nothing but the music. Our earlier Omega series solid-state preamplifiers were wonderful, but we knew we could do better. When faster components with even more current drive became available, it was back to the drawing board for us. In rethinking the entire design we were able to make huge improvements in the linearity, current drive and speed of the circuit.
The Insight+ preamp has even more of the transparency, dynamic range, linearity and pure music for which Audio by Van Alstine has become known. Listen to all of your recordings again and find all of the space, all of the sounds of the instruments that you'd overlooked before.
Because we use a combination of integrated and hybrid ICs to achieve our musical goals, the cost is much less than you would expect. Of course we use metal-film resistors, selected film capacitors, precision controls, gold jacks, and high-reliability active devices. However, parts alone don't make the product. it is the use of the parts that determines overall quality. We don't get silly about expensive frills that do nothing to improve the musicality or usefulness of the product. Great audio design doesn't have to be expensive, only great.
Insight+ preamps are available factory-wired in the EC (enhanced capability) chassis and factory-wired in our SL (straight line) chassis. (Compare chassis features here.)