Townshend Allegri Reference preamplifier

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Townshend Allegri Reference preamplifier
Monday, November 4, 2019

Townshend Audio has unveiled the new Allegri Reference, a passive preamp which “sets a new standard in volume control performance”. The reed relay switched auto-transformer volume control (AVC) has 129 half decibel steps volume steps, more than twice that of the Allegri+ that we use as a reference on the Ear. The Allegri Reference is remote-controlled, wired with point-to-point Fractal-Wire throughout and suspended on the company’s Seismic isolation feet.

The Allegri Reference is a microprocessor-controlled, passive, AVC preamplifier with an LED display and five stereo phono inputs and two pairs of balanced XLRs. The XLRs are in parallel with inputs 1 and 2. There is also a 3.5mm jack socket, on the front panel, in parallel with input five. For output, it has two sets of stereo phonos and one pair of balanced XLRs.

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“Designed with the goal of absolute signal purity, it is the optimum solution for the heart of your system. It is the ultimate, timeless, state-of-the-art, purely analogue, passive, stereo audio volume control. It is exactly what every audio enthusiast has been waiting for.
“Embodying Townshend’s renowned crystal-clear treble, open, lucid mid-band, and subterranean bass, as delivered by the earlier Allegri+ preamplifier, the Allegri Reference amazingly delivers another level of sound quality. Whilst unveiling previously hidden fine detail, the Allegri Reference is uniquely able to transform the entire sound-stage into a holographic-like experience. Instruments, singers and the original acoustics of the venue, morph from between the speakers into a ‘real’, exciting, enjoyable performance.” 

The case and isolating feet are made of anodised aluminium and are available in either a natural silver or black finish, the Allegri Reference retails for £8,000.