What I want to talk about today is how exceptional this unit is as a pre-amplifier now it's not just a little bit good it's phenomenally good!
On power on I had to double check it was accrual on due to the dead quiet noise floor, having just prior listened to system with its predecessor the h20 to use as a reference as well as gustard p26 but I quickly scrapped that idea as it was immediately obvious they are not even in the same territory... not even close, so I connected my reference highly modified Audionote preamplifier just to reset my ears before putting the H26 back as preamplifier.
Again, first moment I hear sound I am immediately blown away, is this really a Chinese <2K headphone amplifier ? Presenting this wonderful PRaT? Injecting loads of dynamics and rendering complex passages with ninja like speed of attack sending these signals into my unsuspecting monoblocks, no tonal colouring at all, but also not robbing that SET goodness either, it's more like SETs on steroids, your proberly "thinking hmm must be clinical, definitely fatiguing" but all the qualities of my monoblocks when running direct from the dac remained with the addition of much better control especially when it comes to the base and passages that are more complex rendered with significant improvement in attack ability to insert dynamics and speed to the sound is just incredible it's control.
I could go on about at what point in what reference track I heard this and that and how Twinkle Twinkle Little Star seemed to twinkle harder but I'm not going to waste your time here! 😂 In my experience nothing sounds the same in another system, every system is different that's why it's defined as a system: "a serious of interconnected equipment forming a whole or sysyem" and just like everyone is formed differently every implementation of a piece of equipment into a system will act and sound totally different. But I can assure you upon comparing with several units in price points ranging from 1k to 35k the gustard punches way beyond its price and compares with units >3 times its price. Pairing with a26 or r26 DAC will make a great combo, I'm currently pairing it with a Terminator 2 getting great results,
Disclaimer: I have no invested interests in creating this review and I did not get given this unit for free to do the review! This is purely my subjective and overwhelmingly pleased product review, you can take it or leave it as I don't really care either way.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly to chat! if you have any complaints.. I don't care ... so go away!
😃 have a great day everyone, I love you all!