Exemplar Audio XP- 2 preamplifier
John Tucker of Exemplar Audio is known for hand crafting components of exceptional quality with unbelievable sound. The exemplar audio xp-2 preamplifier was four years in development. Five years of research was devoted to refining the chassis materials alone. Deathly quiet with beautiful imaging, this tube preamplifier has to be heard to be believed. This preamp gives you feeling of being right there in the studio with the musicians. The Exemplar Audio XP-2 preamplifier can hold its own against the giants in the audio industry. The perfect component for the discerning audiophile. Come in for an audition.
Choice Audio’s take: We have had the opportunity to hear many preamplifiers over the years. Unless you are comparing the ultra expensive preamplifiers, you generally have a choice of large soundstage, but thinner sounding images, or meatier more full bodied notes, with less sound stage. There are very few preamplifiers that do both extremely well.
The Exemplar Audio XP-2 Preamplifier is one of the few preamps that gives you both. Rock solid images that float in space against a dead quite background. The images are large and full bodied with a sense of weight. The XP-2 is detailed with out sounding analytical. The sound stage has depth that is as real as I have heard. I have only heard one other preamp that can do this and it was in the $35,000 price range. If the drummer was five feet behind the lead guitarist during the recording, he will appear to be five feet behind the guitarist in your listening room. Imaging is amazing with this preamp, but you don’t give up the weight and solidity of each individual instrument.
Controls: Power, Tape Select, Mute, Volume, Input Select
Outputs: 2 sets RCAs, two sets balanced XLRs, 1 set RCA tape out
Inputs: 4 sets RCAs, 2 sets balanced XLRs
Input Impedance: 50K ohms
Output Impedance: 133 ohms
Frequency: 10Hz – 50 KHz
Signal to Noise: <90dB Tubes: 5670 and 2829