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The EKLIPSE is AudioValves latest product, which is the result of the experience gained in preamplifier design over a span of 15 years. In every aspect it is quite different from other Audio`Valve products. Our absolute priority in the design of the EKLIPSE was total shielding from RFI and unwanted noise which could degrade the purity of the signal. The chassis is, therefore, machined from laser cut 5mm steel fully isolating its 4*12AU7/6189 tubes. The circuitry is housed on a double-sided circuit board designed by the most advanced computer technology. The EKLIPSE is a true class A line stage pre-amp. Designed for the audiophiles who want pure analog with the highest quality sound available, without the price of one. All that combined with the 1% film resistors, Draloric NOS carbon resistors, polypropylene caps and built on a solid FR4 material with Military specs PC board, 2 oz copper. The Eklipse components are soldered by hand and all matches to perfection between the left and right channels. Audio and power traces are separated from each other by lanes and blocks of ground. Alps motor pot is used for volume control mounted on a PC board, like wise input selector and volume control by hand or remote controlled. The quality of sound is a dream come true, with a true 3 dimensional sound. Where the depth of instruments and their location, the warmth and transparency puts you in a world where only few have been. You will discover that your music has details that were held back and now are being revealed. The quality of sound is of highest you can imagine. Precise, dynamic, warm, and full. It is very quiet and detailed. The Eklipse is warranteed for 2 years, parts and labor from day of purchase and it is transferable to second owner. AUDIOVALVE`s Eklipse provides an exception to the rule. A look inside the unit reveals a special two sided, 2 oz. pure copper panel known as a FR4, a military approved high-quality PC motherboard. Created with special software, the FR4’s design eliminates the need for point-to-point soldering. The signal and power lanes are separated by ground traces or block of grounds to minimize cross talk or noise. The result is a tube component board void of maze-like lanes and jumpers that can compromise sound quality. A tight and secure component board is the heart and soul of AUDIOVALVE`S Eklipse. Most pre-amps on the market today are designed with a point-to-point soldering system, a cluttered and disorganized, albeit economical and quick method of production, characterized by numerous wires and cables. The power supply’s components are over rated in wattage and precise in value. All resistors (Dale Vishay certified) are 1% wire wound. The caps can withstand temperatures up to 105 degrees Celsius. Like all of AUDIOVALVE`s components, the caps and resistors are soldered to the power supply board, resulting in a silent pre-amp that is void of hum or noise. AUDIOVALVE`s Eklipse regulated power supply is superior in its design and a draw to the true audiophile. Split into two sections – the filter and regulation circuitry – the power supply’s voltage is held to a constant level and never affected by AC line fluctuations. The pre-amp is contained in a black anodized 4 mm steel chassis with custom designed face plate and knob. The power supply employs the highest quality 160 VA toroidal transformer with dual primary and secondary winding. Each secondary has its own full wave bridge rectifier. All electrolytic caps are bypassed by polypropylene caps. The power supply is regulated by four adjustable regulators for an exact plate – and heating volts DC. And both of the regulators are fully protected against any short through diodes. The Eklipse is broken in for at least 48 hours before shipping to customer. With a 2 year transferable warranty. Warmup time is 15-30 minutes. AUDIOVALVE`s Eklipse comes equipped with high quality ALPS motor volume control flawlessly installed onto its wired PC board. Specially designed in steel bracket provide extra support for the controls, which are linked to a volume control rod using a special universal joint. All parts are matched between the left and right channels to perfection (resisters and caps). The output stage is capable of driving any load at any ohmage. The face plate features sleek, custom made brass anodized knobs. Added to the front panel are more color LED displays, which change color in different mode. The AUDIOVALVE´s Eklipse features a striking faceplate stroked with easy-to-read gold lettering. The back panel and bottom plate of the chassis is made of 4 mm rugged steel polished in a smooth black finish. The Eklipse is generous in input and output, 20 in all. All gold plated and soldered directly to the I/O board. Among the connectors: seven line inputs, one complete tape loop (I/O), and two pre-amp outputs. Added to the unit are two high quality rotary switches. They are warranted and tested for 25,000 rotations. Additionally, the switches are sealed, keeping dust and corrosion to a minimum. Screws are used to attach the switches to a specially designed I/O board. Again, no wires are used, resulting in shorter signal paths and less noise. All parts were carefully matched for the most exacting tolerances. Condensers are of the highest quality and the total is completed by the use of classic NOS resistors. The EKLIPSE is versatile, as well. Its solid and slightly projecting rear has both balanced and single ended outputs as well as a full array of single ended input connections. The beauty and elegance of the EKLIPSE`s design and construction mirrors the purity and vibrancy of its musical presentation. Music is freed from the boundaries of the speakers. The EKLIPSE was created to pay a special homage to all musicians and the music they create. Concept: high class douple mono pre-amplifer Output Level: 15 V max. Power Bandwide: 4 – 45.000 Hz. Distortion: 0,1 % (1V) Noise: 0,05 mV (Volume noise limiter) Inputs: 7 Line In, & 1 Line Out, tape loop Output Impedance: 300 Ohms Power Consumption: 40 Watt Line Voltage: 117 up to 240 VAC Valve Line – Up: 4*6189 (12AU7) Spec.-Features: Stand By & Mute Function, rem. – Control Dimensions: (w-d-h) 420 * 320 * 130 mm Weight Net: 20 kg input configuration: CD1 – 17 dB – 20K CD1 – 22 dB – 16K5 AU1 – 15 dB – 19K AU2 – 20 dB – 15K AU3 – 24 dB – 15K TUN – 26 dB – 17K TP – 26 dB – 17K NEW FEATURE since 09 / 2009 home theatre bypass for EKLIPSE ! The Audio Valve Eklipse Pre-amplifier now has an optional Home Theater Bypass “Direct Output” feature. This feature is especially useful with a combination home theater system and two channel stereo system. It enables you to use the volume control of your home theater processor without have to make any connection cable changes from your stereo system. How It Works To enable this function, simply connect your home theater processor to “Tape In” (RCA connectors on back) and turn the input knob to “Tape In” and the signal passed directly to the XLR output connectors going to your amplifier. This way you can use the volume control of your processor without any influence from the Eklipse. Switch the input knob to any of the other inputs to go back to normal stereo use. Please note, that the volume control on the Eklipse is no longer in use when the Home Theater Bypass mode is enabled. Be careful, or you might experience full level output !!!