"The improved (sound)
quality of the Placette passive when compared to highly
regarded active pre amps that I have auditioned is
audible from top to bottom...I Now get more extension in
either extreme than I have ever experienced in my sound
"I too, own a
Placette passive with remote. I'll get right to the point! I've
been a high-end audio hobbyist for 20 years and I've been
through a lot of great Tube and Solid-state Pre-amps and
linestages. The Placette is the most neutral, transparent,
dynamic, tonally accurate, harmonically correct, musically
gestalt pre-amp that I've ever heard. Period!!!!! Be
forewarned-once you hear it your hooked!"
"When I a/b(ed)
the Placette to the Audible Illusions, I was overwhelmed. The
Placette clearly was more transparent and produced better
imaging; the notes were crisper, the strings--especially the
bass--was clearly more defined and tighter, thereby producing
much overall sweetness."
preserves the drive and impact of rhythmic, dynamic music. It's
hard to describe the "character" of this preamplifier since it
changes with each selected recording. This suggests that it is
accurately reproducing what is in the recording instead of
imparting it's own quality on the signal. The Placette achieves
that quality of spectral presence of musicians by creating
solid, stable images, that seem to be anchored in a definite
place on a deep soundstage."
"I have listened
to this pre-amp and it sounds wonderful. It sounds as clear and
transparent an any pre-amp I have heard to date. This is a
serious bargain for the sound. This product beats all other
passive's hands down."
clarity, detail and resolving power. NO bass weakness at all."
"I put it in my
system and it felt like NOTHING was inserted. The unit is so
neutral as to be non-existant. None of the sometimes-lamented
artifacts of passives were shown: rolled off highs, lack of
dynamics, weak bass. This unit passes EVERYTHING right on
pre-amp with a remote is a steal. I used Adcom GFP750, McCormak
TLC deluxe, Audible Illusion L1, NEW P3, but nothing was close.
Since I purchased a SONY SCD777ES, I immediately realized the
GFP750 and L1's weakness, lack of ultimate transparency because
of SACD's high resolution, dynamics and amazing treble sound.
Through the Placette pre, treble, midrange, bass, dynamics,
soundstage width or depth are all passed to power amps without
any hint of distortion. I feel so lucky not to spend thousands
of moony to get this good sound. Highly recommended."
"Out of the box
the Placette impressed me with a number of things. First,
Extension. There seemed no loss at either frequency extreme.
Second, it's clarity. Talk about removing veils. Not harsh, just
a sense that I was getting exactly what was coming from the
source. If the source had great soundstage and depth, it was
there; if not it wasn't. Third, the way it tracked balance as
the volume was raised or lowered. I can only describe it as
uncanny; there was/is no wavering of image as volume is changed.
I'm addicted to this aspect now, and whenever I listen to a
"regular" volume control it's balance tracking ability (or lack
of) jumps out at me."
reproduction is more accurate. Not only in terms of definition,
but also with providing a listener with some of the cues that
are only apparent when you listen to live music."
"In truth, I would
have to say that my present system sounds more like the 'real
thing' and more like music, as opposed to a hi-fi imitation that
any other system I have ever owned."
"It truly is
INCREDIBLE. It outperforms my CAT SL-1 in every way!"
impact for me is that I'm now able to hear into the musical
event. The clarity of the unit has enabled me not just to listen
to the performance, but into the nuances of the music and intent
of the musicians. This applies to all kinds of music- classical,
jazz, rock, electronic."
"Hi Guy. I finally
received my heavily modified Cary CD player, and it mates quite
nicely with your pre-amp, which seems to let through whatever is
plugged into it. I hope your pre-amp is receiving good reviews;
it deserves them."