Purist-Minded CIAudio PLC-1 MkII Passive Preamplifier Eliminates Potential Distortions: Flexible, USA-Built Device Features Four Inputs and Tape Loop, Includes Remote for Fingertip Control
Music lovers who espouse purist-based passive audio approaches – and anyone searching for a flexible, convenient preamplifier – will delight in the CIAudio PLC-1 MkII passive preamplifier/line controller. By letting the source signal directly drive your amplifier, PLC-1 MkII's passive technology eliminates the second gain stage found in active preamplifiers and thereby eliminates potential distortions, colorations, and inaccuracies. Equipped with four inputs and a tape loop, PLC-1 MkII puts everything at your fingertips via a remote control featuring volume, mute, input scroll, and tape-monitor commands. Two pairs of output jacks allow for bi-amping or subwoofer connection, and one of the inputs can even double as a home-theater bypass function. This is one handy rig, with wonderfully focused and natural sound, and its USA build quality pulls no punches.
The-all important task of signal switching is performed by a combination of gold-plated relays and a no-compromise ALPS Blue Velvet motorized potentiometer. PLC-1 MkII's gold-plated, lead-free circuit boards feature the same high-quality engineering. A custom-machined aluminum chassis and stainless-steel hardware speak to PLC-1 MkII's cool, retro-meets-contemporary scientific aesthetic. Incredibly compact dimensions – the 8.5 x 2.75 x 6.5 inch frame means the device can be placed practically anywhere and doesn't need its own shelf – CIAudio's generous five-year parts-and-labor warranty, and Music Direct's Money-Back Guarantee elevate PLC-1 MkII to rarified heights.