Audion Pre-Amplifier

Audion Premier 5 Channel Line Level Pre-Amplifier with active Moving magnet phono stage

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Audion Premier Line level with built in moving magnet phono stage pre-amplifier (Known previously as the 1.0) is built on a quality substrate pcb (printed circuit board). It is an active class A device. Built with 4 line level inputs buffered and 1 MM phono stage all switched from the front panel, 2 line outputs and a direct un-switched and un-attenuated tape output, all controlled by a quality ALPS blue velvet pot..

Like the Premier Line the Premier Line/Phono’s soundstage is phenomenally large. Roll off in both directions is seamless. Resolution is astounding, with absolutely convincing depth even at very low  levels. It brings recording to life and places you directly in front of the performance. 

“The Premier is an incredible easy to listen to pre-amplifier, plenty of atmosphere, and a very elegant preamplifier” – The Audio review

Powered by 4 x NOS 6H23N valves they feature a transformer less design which is a directly  cathode coupled buffer stage with no input, inter stage or output wound components making this pre-amp extremely fast and capable of handling the most intricate and detailed passages of music that can be shown them. Outstanding performance, lightning quick response curves and terrific transparency

Thie Premier Line/MM Phono buffered pre-amplifier is a great match with our power amplifiers. Upgrade options are available for this model, see upgrade tabs. This is a very good entry level pre-amplifier and can be used as a buffered volume control for any amplifier other than ours that does not have a volume control. The MM Phono stage is exactly the same design and circuitry as our stand alone phono stage (featured on another page), with the added advantage of having the buffered pre-amp built in.

Having a ground lift switch at the rear enables the pre-amp to assist in resolving grounding issues by floating the ground internally above mains ground. 

As with all our amps they are hand built. The chassis is black powder coated aluminum as is the transformer cover. The top plate and badge are mirror finished stainless steel.

Audion Premier Line / MM phono stage pre-amplifier

The Premier line level with active built in MM (Moving Magnet) phono stage pre-amp is an incredibly quiet active class A buffered line stage with the benefit of having the MM phono stage built in. The Premier line/MM Phono pre-amplifier uses a classic Alps Blue Velvet volume pot and combined with superior input switching for 1 x MM or 4 line level inputs via the front mounted toggle switches, as shown in the pictures.

There are two attenuated pre amp outputs as well as an unattenuated ‘Tape’ output which can be used to feed a tape recorder, sub woofer or even a headphone amplifier. It also has a ground lift switch on the rear to ensure hum free operation in many different systems. The sound from this pre-amp is extremely open and natural, remarkably transparent and the resolution is astounding, with absolutely convincing depth even at very low levels. It brings recording to life and places you directly in front of the performance.

The Premier line level pre-amp is an incredibly quiet active class A buffered stage. The Premier line pre-amplifier uses a classic Alps Blue Velvet volume pot and it’s combined with input switching for 4 line level inputs and the 1 x MM phono input via the front mounted toggle switches. As shown in the pictures. 

The buffer stage provides electrical impedance transformation from one circuit to another, with the aim of preventing the signal source from being affected by whatever currents (or voltages, for a current buffer) that the load may be produced with. The signal is ‘buffered from’ load currents. Being a valve pre-amp it is a current buffer.

The soundstage is extremely fluid and controlled. Roll off in both directions is seamless. Resolution is astounding, with absolutely convincing depth even at very low playing levels. It brings recording to life and places you directly in front of the performance. The phono stage is exactly the same as our stand alone version and is of a step up transformer less design, meaning it is incredibly fast and fluid.

Technical specifications for Audion Premier Line level with built in MM Phono stage pre amplifier.

Warranty: 2 years return to base. Valves 6 months.

Specifications

Distortion @ 1V  – <0.010% No Feedback
Sensitivity Variable – Variable >1.1V Line
Input Impedance – 47K Line, 50K MM Phono
Gain – MM Phono 46db,  Line Level = Unity
Phase – Correct
Noise CCIR) – <100db (<80db Phono)
Frequency Response: – 11Hz – 165KHz ±1 db
Signal to noise >70db
Weight: – 7kg  
Inputs – 4 Line Level, 1 MM Phono
Outputs, 2 x Attenuated line out, 1 x un-attenuated
Front – Alps Blue Velvet Volume Control, 5 switches.
Consumption: 12 Watts  
Tubes: 4 x 6H23N
Size:  42cm deep,23cm wide and 17cm tall – Including valves. 
Fuses – Power 500mA / 250V Slow blow 
US/Jpn Power 1.0A / 120V Slow blow 

Product options for the Premier Line/MM Phono pre-amplifier

Product options for the Premier Pre- amplifiers include  different valve varieties options as well as stereo 48 way stepped attenuator, better signal capacitors, better power supply capacitors and   silver wired audio path and now we can offer WBT Nextgen RCA terminals.

Our Premier ramge of pre-amplifiers come available with 3 upgrade options starting from our Standard model we go up a level to Insignia Class and then on to Excelsior class and finally the ultimate Signature reference.

Each class has selected components designed to enhance performance, presence and definition.

The upgrade options are only available on a new build amplifier and are not retro fittable. The amplifier chassis will carry distinguishing marks and badging to determine the level.

All the options are based on a standard amplifier, and use the very finest selected components chosen form Britain, Europe or the US.

All options carry a lifetime guarantee and a certificate of authenticity.

See the next tab for available options.

Upgrades and Options available when ordering – Speak to your dealer about these when ordering your amplifier  ask for either our standard amplifier or Insignia, Excelsior or Signature reference classes.

We can also offer a remote volume control for all pre-amplifiers and new for 2020, full remote control option with built in 63 way stepped attenuator, remote channel change and volume as well as power off. Full metal handset..

Upgrade options and upgraded product categories direct from the factory.

We offer 3 upgrade classes for the Premier Range.. The upgrade classes are 
Insignia Class which uses a full silver wired audio path, better graded components again in the audio path, tantalum resistors in the critical places. 
Excelsior Class uses the same as above but with the inclusion of Teflon/Tin foil V-caps, Internal Solid Silver wired Interconnects, a 48 way Stepped attenuator, better power supply capacitors and WBT RCA’s. 
Signature Reference uses the same as the Excelsior class but comes with fully silver wired audio and ground paths, silver foil in oil capacitors, silver RCA’s silver contact switches made by Apem. 

We do however recommend that if looking at the Signature Reference class that the 2 box Premier Line plus or 2 box Line/Phono plus or even Quattro is considered first.

The Premier line level with active built in MM (Moving Magnet) phono stage pre-amp is an incredibly quiet active class A buffered line stage with the benefit of having the MM phono stage built in. The Premier line/MM Phono pre-amplifier uses a classic Alps Blue Velvet volume pot and combined with superior input switching for 1 x MM or 4 line level inputs via the front mounted toggle switches, as shown in the pictures.

There are two attenuated pre amp outputs as well as an unattenuated ‘Tape’ output which can be used to feed a tape recorder, sub woofer or even a headphone amplifier. It also has a ground lift switch on the rear to ensure hum free operation in many different systems. The sound from this pre-amp is extremely open and natural, remarkably transparent and the resolution is astounding, with absolutely convincing depth even at very low levels. It brings recording to life and places you directly in front of the performance.

The Premier line level pre-amp is an incredibly quiet active class A buffered stage. The Premier line pre-amplifier uses a classic Alps Blue Velvet volume pot and it’s combined with input switching for 4 line level inputs and the 1 x MM phono input via the front mounted toggle switches. As shown in the pictures. 

The buffer stage provides electrical impedance transformation from one circuit to another, with the aim of preventing the signal source from being affected by whatever currents (or voltages, for a current buffer) that the load may be produced with. The signal is ‘buffered from’ load currents. Being a valve pre-amp it is a current buffer.

The soundstage is extremely fluid and controlled. Roll off in both directions is seamless. Resolution is astounding, with absolutely convincing depth even at very low playing levels. It brings recording to life and places you directly in front of the performance. The phono stage is exactly the same as our stand alone version and is of a step up transformer less design, meaning it is incredibly fast and fluid.

Technical specifications for Audion Premier Line level with built in MM Phono stage pre amplifier.

Warranty: 2 years return to base. Valves 6 months.

Specifications

Distortion @ 1V  – <0.010% No Feedback
Sensitivity Variable – Variable >1.1V Line
Input Impedance – 47K Line, 50K MM Phono
Gain – MM Phono 46db,  Line Level = Unity
Phase – Correct
Noise CCIR) – <100db (<80db Phono)
Frequency Response: – 11Hz – 165KHz ±1 db
Signal to noise >70db
Weight: – 7kg  
Inputs – 4 Line Level, 1 MM Phono
Outputs, 2 x Attenuated line out, 1 x un-attenuated
Front – Alps Blue Velvet Volume Control, 5 switches.
Consumption: 12 Watts  
Tubes: 4 x 6H23N
Size:  42cm deep,23cm wide and 17cm tall – Including valves. 
Fuses – Power 500mA / 250V Slow blow 
US/Jpn Power 1.0A / 120V Slow blow 

Product options for the Premier Line/MM Phono pre-amplifier

Product options for the Premier Pre- amplifiers include  different valve varieties options as well as stereo 48 way stepped attenuator, better signal capacitors, better power supply capacitors and   silver wired audio path and now we can offer WBT Nextgen RCA terminals.

Our Premier ramge of pre-amplifiers come available with 3 upgrade options starting from our Standard model we go up a level to Insignia Class and then on to Excelsior class and finally the ultimate Signature reference.

Each class has selected components designed to enhance performance, presence and definition.

The upgrade options are only available on a new build amplifier and are not retro fittable. The amplifier chassis will carry distinguishing marks and badging to determine the level.

All the options are based on a standard amplifier, and use the very finest selected components chosen form Britain, Europe or the US.

All options carry a lifetime guarantee and a certificate of authenticity.

See the next tab for available options.

Upgrades and Options available when ordering – Speak to your dealer about these when ordering your amplifier  ask for either our standard amplifier or Insignia, Excelsior or Signature reference classes.

We can also offer a remote volume control for all pre-amplifiers and new for 2020, full remote control option with built in 63 way stepped attenuator, remote channel change and volume as well as power off. Full metal handset..

Upgrade options and upgraded product categories direct from the factory.

We offer 3 upgrade classes for the Premier Range.. The upgrade classes are 
Insignia Class which uses a full silver wired audio path, better graded components again in the audio path, tantalum resistors in the critical places. 
Excelsior Class uses the same as above but with the inclusion of Teflon/Tin foil V-caps, Internal Solid Silver wired Interconnects, a 48 way Stepped attenuator, better power supply capacitors and WBT RCA’s. 
Signature Reference uses the same as the Excelsior class but comes with fully silver wired audio and ground paths, silver foil in oil capacitors, silver RCA’s silver contact switches made by Apem. 

We do however recommend that if looking at the Signature Reference class that the 2 box Premier Line plus or 2 box Line/Phono plus or even Quattro is considered first.

Paul Cherfuka
Paul Cherfuka
The Audio Asylum
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It meets all your criteria, both physical and sonic. Its tonality and resolution are superb.. Highly recommended.
Phil Ressler
Phil ResslerSignature Sound
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"The Audion Premier 1.0, like a lot of Euro electronics, is designed to drive amps with high input sensitivity. Audion's own power amps have about 0.7v input sensitivity to attain full power out. So depending on your amp, the Audion is a good match. If the Audion can drive your amps I think it is preferable many others. The Audion's tone is a winner for being unusually musical, intimate, dimensioned and revealing. great midrange tonal density and bass was defined when I heard it. Also the Audion phono section, while a little noisy compared to current solid state options, is superb musically. I use my Premier 1.0 with Audion amps, so the gain match works. The Audion benefits from tuning to your system via tube rolling. The Audion is worth springing for NOS Siemens, Telefunken or Valvo CCa as subs for the 6H23N's it ships with."
Peter Empson
Peter EmpsonDeco Audio
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"The Audion Premier Line/phono pre-amplifier has a wonderfully open and transparent sound"
Geoff Husband
Geoff HusbandTNT
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"The effect of adding the 1.0 pre was an increased solidity to the sound and stopping any residual tonal changes with volume. The phono section proved excellent, better than the Naim and a Hart Phono amp I had borrowed.... Within minutes the Gyro confirmed it's superiority over the Micromega and there followed the sort of listening session which ends with record sleeves spread liberally round the floor and ringing ears. The dynamics of the pre-amp are superb. I'll give you an example: On the opening track of Nirvana's Nevermind the intro is a few slightly distorted chords, relatively restrained for Nirvana, then the massive drum kit explodes out from behind, sounding as if the drummer is using bass-ball bats rather than drumsticks. This, if everything works as it should, always makes the hairs at the back of my neck tingle. Please note I'm not talking about volume here, but the contrast and tension of those opening chords and the percussion that follows"
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