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Boulder Amplifiers 1008 Phono Pre-amplifier

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If you are a devotee of analog recordings, you owe it to your vinyl—and your ears—to take the Boulder 1008 for a spin. It’s all about the music.

£16,000.00 £9,900.00


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In 2002 Boulder released the 2008 Phono Preamplifier, for which Stereophile magazine created the “A+” rating for electronics and called it “one of the 100 most important products in the history of audio.” High praise indeed. When the 1008 Phono Preamplifier was released with some improvements over even the venerable 2008, it easily renewed the sound of your entire record collection and proved that superiority runs deep in the Boulder family.

Brand: Boulder Amplifiers

Model Name/Number: 1008 Phono Pre-amplifier

Price (RRP): £16000

Choice Hifi Price: £9900

Product Information:

Boulder’s 1008 phono preamplifier brings superb playback performance for vinyl records of all kinds— including records made before 1955. Inspired by Boulder’s renowned 2008 phono preamplifier, the 1008 has two inputs for connecting multiple tonearms, customizable “personality cards” which can be tailored to specific phono cartridges, and selectable equalization settings for vintage as well as modern RIAA records, all in a single chassis.

Inputs and outputs utilize high quality fully- balanced connectors. Audio circuitry is dual mono for total isolation of left and right channels, and the gain stage is a proprietary discrete design that achieves incredibly low noise levels.

Other features include a switchable low cut filter, selectable true mono mode for monaural recordings played with a stereo cartridge, and extensive magnetic shielding of the main power transformer to eliminate noise in the audio stages.

The 1008 chassis has been styled to match other models of Boulder’s 1000 series. Chassis panels are machined out of heavy aluminum stock to create a solid physical platform with a minimum of vibrational or acoustic resonance. All switches, buttons, connectors and other components are of the highest quality. Circuit boards are surface-mount designs which we produce in-house in our own state-of-the-art factory.

Special attention has been made in circuit board layout to eliminate noise and hum. Sealed relays handle all switching tasks in the audio path, eliminating all exposed mechanical contacts, and relays are driven by logic circuits activated by the front panel pushbuttons. As with the rest of Boulder’s 1000 series, pushbuttons are stainless steel polished to a mirror finish for a timeless look of quality and style.

All of this attention to detail is not always easy to see or to appreciate. But it is exactly this unseen perfectionism that makes all Boulder products acclaimed by reviewers and treasured by true music connoisseurs and hi-fi aficionados all over the world.

As with Boulder’s 2008 phono preamplifier, listening to records with the Boulder 1008 reveals clarity and dynamics and spaciousness that are hard to express in words. It is the ultimate in what can be achieved with analog recordings—but without any trace of artificiality or synthetic enhancements. It is not uncommon to hear new nuances of detail even in old, familiar recordings.

PHONO INPUTS                                                3 Balanced, Converts to Unbalanced

INPUT Z                                                               MC: 1000, MM: 47K Ohms max

1KHZ GAIN                                                          MC: 70, MM: 44 dB

FREQ RESPONSE                                              RIAA: ±0.10 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

DISTORTION                                                      0.01% THD

NOISE (EIN)                                                       MC: 98 nanovolts, 20-20k Hz

MAX OUTPUT                                                    16 V

CROSSTALK                                                       >100 dB, 20-20k Hz

OUTPUTS                                                            2 Balanced, use as Main or Record

SIZE                                                                      18.00 wide, 5.00 high, 15.85 deep (in.)

WEIGHT                                                              32, Shipping: 41 Pounds

POWER                                                                50-60 Hz, 30W

Age: 3

Condition: 9/10

Voltage: 220/240/50Hz

Finish/Colour: Silver

Packaging? Yes

Accessories? Yes

Item Location: In Stock

Status: Second Hand

Dimensions 5708473 cm