Townshend Audio Allegri Reference Passive Preamp

Posted on 1st November, 2019

Townshend Audio Allegri Reference Passive Preamp

Townshend Audio have got in touch to tell us about its new Allegri Reference preamplifier.

The first thing that leaps out from the spec sheet is the volume control performance. The Allegri Reference boasts a 129 0.5dB step, reed relay switched Auto-transformer Volume Control (AVC).

Townshend Audio Allegri Reference

Additionally, the Allegri Reference is remote-controlled, wired with point-to-point Fractal-Wire throughout and suspended on the latest Seismic Isolation.  

Designed with the goal of absolute signal purity, this is a purely analogue passive, stereo preamp.
The Allegri Reference is a microprocessor-controlled, passive, AVC preamplifier, ideally suited for both the discerning home hi-fi enthusiast and the professional user. It has a clear LED display and easy to use interface.

Connectivity is provided by five stereo phono inputs and two pairs of balanced XLRs.

The XLRs are in parallel with inputs 1 and 2. There is a 3.5mm jack socket, on the front panel, in parallel with input five.

For output, the Allegri Reference sports two sets of stereo phonos and one pair of balanced XLRs.

Townshend Audio Allegri Reference

The case and isolating feet are made of anodised aluminium and are available in either a natural silver or black finish.

We are told to expect crystal-clear treble, open, lucid mid-band, and subterranean bass. It certainly has an impressive spec sheet.

Price and availability

The Townshend Audio Allegri Reference is available now for £6,667 + VAT.

For more information, head over to Townshend Audio.

Tech Specs

Frequency response: 8Hz-80kHz +/- 0.1dB.
Maximum signal level: 4V RMS 8Hz; 10V RMS 20Hz and up.
Maximum DC offset : 5mV (For undistorted 8Hz).
Distortion: Less than 0.01% at 400Hz, 10V (2nd and 3rd harmonic only).
Impedance: At 0dB, input impedance is 20kohm. At -10dB (normal listening) input impedance is 200kohm , for a power amplifier load, with 20k input impedance.
Inputs: Five pairs of RCA phono sockets (gold plated). Two pairs of XLRs in parallel with inputs 1 and 2. One 3.5mm stereo jack on front panel, in parallel with input 5.
Outputs: Two pairs of RCA phono sockets (gold plated) One pair of XLRs.
Power: External DC supply 12V Linear external.
Dimensions: Width 234mm (5.3in), Height 100mm (4in), Depth 380mm (15in).
Weight: 9kg (20lb).
Input: 120V to 240V, 50-60Hz. Country specific.
Output: Linear 12V 0,5W


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