Pre-Amplifier – Aries
The Aries pre-amplifier features a dual-mono design with a stepped attenuator for volume control. Since even high quality potentiometers degrade the audio signal, the use of such a component for this pre-amplifier was out of the question. The stepped attenuator is one of the best ways to control audio volume and when implemented with relays it can also be remotely controlled! 64 steps are offered in a logarithmic fashion so that volume can be adjusted precisely at all times. The amplification stage is of class-A single ended topology with 6dB and 9dB adjustment for each input separately, controlled via a friendly menu. A phono stage is also available and can be fitted on request.