Incoming from Florence’s Gold Note: a MKII version of their P-1000 pre-amplifier: Class A, 4 x balanced XLR inputs. 4 x single-ended RCA inputs, single-ended outputs and balanced XLR outputs.
Under the hood, a “Triple Linear Transformer” power supply feeds six distinct (relay driven) gain stages and an optical ALPS volume control, all implemented by Gold Note to reduce distortion and extend bandwidth.
Adding greater flexibility to the end-user experience are front panel controls for mono/stereo playback, left and right channel swap, absolute phase inversion, (fine) L-R balance and something called “over boost”, which Gold Note claims will help drive loudspeakers that “require robust power supplies providing greater energy in the lower range of frequencies”.
Also revised for the MKII P-1000 is the unit’s outward aesthetic: an ultra-rigid steel chassis whose aluminium plates keep out unwanted EMI/RFI. The hidden screws, a choice of three finishes (black, silver or gold) and ‘catenary curve’ air vents bring the P-1000 MKII visually into line with the rest of the Italian company’s flagship range of electronics.
Wanna take it to the next level? Gold Note’s optional external ‘super inductive power supply’ (PSU-1250/1000) and valve output stage (TUBE-1012/1006) promise enhanced P-1000 MKII performance.
The P-1000 MkII will sell for €6500 but the P-1000 MKII Deluxe version – featuring premium grade components and PSU – is yours for a grand more.
Further information: Gold Note