Exposure Electronics 3010S2-D preamplifier


Exposure Electronics has launched the 3010S2-D preamp sporting the same ‘D’ edition upgrades as have been bestowed on its 3010S2 integrated amplifier. Like its predecessor, the 3010S2-D preamplifier comes with six line level inputs. However, one of these is now a direct AV input to enable integration within a surround sound system. There is still the possibility to fit an optional MM or MC phono stage, as well as the option of a plug-in DAC board. The latter is capable of up to 192/24 bit PCM and DSD 64, and comes with two inputs: USB and BNC, with auto-switching between them. A tape output is included as well as two main outputs to allow for easy bi-amping.

As is the case throughout the 3010S2 series, attention has been paid to the circuit design in order to extract the best possible sound quality. The 3010S2-D has a brand new circuit board which has been remapped and features high quality relays for input selection to ensure the shortest possible signal path. There are no integrated circuits, the signal path uses all discrete components including special high-quality capacitors. The new power supply includes a large custom-made torodial power transformer and adds extra stages of regulation for improved performance.

This all slots into an attractive, high quality aluminium casing with extruded front panel for improved resonance control and EMF screening. The overall build quality, fit and finish are excellent. Both the front and back panels are graced with clear ergonomics and simplicity in features, with a well laid-out and comprehensive remote control completing the package. Price is £1,060 with the optional phono stage at £240 for MM or MC and £325 for the DAC.

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