Boulder 2008 Phono Preamplifier

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- Inputs: 3 Balanced, Converts to Unbalanced
- Input Impedance, Maximum MC: 1000 Ω; MM: 47kΩ
- 1kHz Gain, RIAA MC: 64 or 54, MM: 44 or 34dB
- Noise (EIN), MC: 160 µV A-wtd, 275 µV Flat, 20 Hz to 20kHz
- Outputs: 2 Balanced, for either listening or recording
- Maximum Output Level: 28 Vrms
- Distortion, THD: 0.005%
- Output loaded with 150Ω: Less than 1/2 dB distortion change
- Frequency Response, 20 Hz to 20 kHz: RIAA: ±0.10 dB
- Crosstalk, L to R or R to L: -100 dB or better 20 Hz to 20kHz
- Output Impedance: 100Ω Balanced
- Preamp Size, W X H X D: 18.0 x 4.25 x 15.5 inches
- Power Supply Size, W X H X D: 18.0 x 4.25 x 15.5 inches
- Power Requirements: 90-120 V / 200-240 V, 50-60 Hz, 240 W Max. (75W nominal)
2008 Phono Preamplifier:

- “I dragged my wife downstairs and, without prepping her about what she might hear, played her the 180gm LP of Alison Krauss and Union Station%&&&%s New Favorite (Diverse DIV001LP), recorded in DSD and cut from the DSD master. She%&&&%d never heard it before in any form, but she%&&&%d heard the system minus the Boulder. First came a few dozen ‘Wow!’s that first expressed shock at the fundamental newness of the experience, then confirmed what I%&&&%d heard: "It%&&&%s as if every note is the most important note ever played by anyone." Exactly. That%&&&%s what this phono section did. It was like analog on acid. Every note, every musical gesture became the most important, most profound note ever struck—until the next one.”

- The enthusiasm for the 2008 Phono Preamplifier has surpassed even Boulder’s own expectations. The 2008 was originally created for a few 2010 owners who desired an equally capable phono section. It was presumed that a limited production run of a few pieces would be built upon request, after which the 2008 would quietly be retired. Instead, for much of its production history, the Boulder 2008 has had a lengthy waiting list of customers, with the factory only finally catching up with demand years later.

- For vinyl aficionados around the world, the Boulder 2008 Phono Preamplifier re-defined analog music recording and playback. Almost as soon as it was introduced, the 2008 appeared in Stereophile magazine%&&&%s "The Hot 100" most important products in the 40 years of audio. The 2008 so impressed Stereophile that it created an entirely new rating for it, “A+,” to recognize performance superior to every competitor in its product category, regardless of price.

- Boulder’s requirement for the release of the 2008 was that it simply set a new standard for vinyl LP playback, a format that not a few music lovers already consider to be the best sounding medium available. Since phono equalization has been refined for decades, this was much easier said than done. To extract every bit of information from vinyl’s tiny analog signal, Boulder’s bespoke 993 gain stage is used throughout. Because of their complexity and long production cycle, 993s are used only in 2000 Series products.

- The front panel of the 2008 helps reveal Boulder’s vision for what it takes to make the world’s preeminent phono stage. The feature list is long enough for even the most avid and dedicated vinyl enthusiast. There are three separate inputs that can be tailored to the exact individual needs of specific cartridges: gain and loading can be adjusted or fixed on a removable Personality Card. Optional equalization curves are also available for LPs mastered prior to 1955. Boulder’s engineerng staff diligently researched and located a number of original EQ curves for accurate reproduction of rare older recordings, including those from Decca (FFRR), Columbia and EMI. Seldom have collectible antique records been auditioned correctly, not to mention through electronics with the 2008’s phenomenal level of performance. Other features include cartridge demagnetizer throughputs, a mono function and three low-cut filters.

- In order for all of these features to matter, however, the most fundamental issue affecting vinyl playback must be addressed: noise. Because the signal in the grooves of an LP is so small, it’s extremely susceptible to noise floor problems when amplified. Audible hiss, hum and distortion are almost always amplified along with the music, burying precious details under layers of noise. By locating the 2008’s three independent power supplies in a separate chassis, Boulder has eliminated these problems. The difference in what you’ve heard before from your record collection and what you’ll hear through the 2008 is such that your record collection is stunning, almost like having entirely new music.

- Magnificent. Who knew your analog LPs and turntable could sound this good?