Triple M Icon Smart TVC Preamplifier is handmade in the North of England and has a lot of features for a £1499 preamplifier. Janine Elliot takes a listen. 

“I love TVC (Transformer Volume Control) passive preamplifiers; a transparent sound with no worry about a resistor based volume control affecting the music at different sound levels (particularly at lower volume). A conventional preamplifier will have an electronic circuit which will add noise (hiss) and depends very much on your power supply being good. Conventional resistive loaded preamps can cause impedance mismatching between source and power amplifier, but with a TVC/AVC design the input impedance matches the output impedance. My own reference TVC preamp has been my Baby Reference by Music First Audio for a while now…”

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