Tangent preAmp II and PowerAmpster II Compact Pre/Power Announced
Tangent announces preAmp II and PowerAmpster II compact pre/power Ampster components.
Tangent's preAmp II and PowerAmpster II are said to draw from the other long-standing members of the Ampster family.
The Tangent Ampster preAmp II packs a range of connectivity into its 70x195x194 mm (HxWxD) case that should not only cater for the desktop hi-fi enthusiast but satisfy those looking for a compact hi-fi system.
Here you are offered Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD and Optical digital that utilises the onboard Cirrus Logic 24 bit/192 kHz DAC, RCA analogue, AUX mini-jack and a phono stage (RIAA). Additionally, the preAmp II can be used as a headphone amplifier via the headphone jack on the front panel. You even get a sub out should you want to add some low end!
Output to a power amp is via unbalanced RCA or balanced XLR, which brings us on to the preAmp II's stablemate, the PowerAmpster II.
This Class D power amp delivers 2 x 100 watts into 4 ohms or 1 x 200 into 8 ohms when in bridge mode. As a result, it should cope with most modern bookshelf and even floor-standing speakers while maintaining a small overall footprint - its dimensions are the same as the preAmp II.
The PowerAmpster II also features built-in power that promises to give “music a real punch whatever your tastes may be”.
Inputs are RCA, and balanced XLR sat alongside two pairs of speaker binding post terminals.
The Ampster preAmp II has an MSRP of £199.99, whereas the PowerAmpster II is £249.99.
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