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Power amplifiers
M1.2 Reference
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ML3 Signature
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LL1.1 Signature
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L2 Reference
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LP1 Signature
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LP2.1 (regular/deluxe)
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STEREO (Japan), November' 1996
discussion between Mr. Fukuda and Mr. Fujioka



Fujioka: The manufacturer of this preamp is located in Brooklyn, NY. This maker is a new face in Japan, but has been regularly seen at various CESs in the US in recent years. Looking at the block diagram, it seems that this designer has noteworthy experience in building power supply systems. I did the listening on a direct input.

Fukuda: Hybrid designs are charcteristic of LAMM and I get the impression of them being quite elaborate and scrupulously thought through. The characteristic of this preamp is that this hybrid design employs vacuum tubes in a power supply and the adoption of MOSFETs in the front end. The recognized high-resolution sound is sophisticated and realistic.

Fujioka: Probably, the original intention of this designer was not the separate but rather a combined use of the two pieces of equipment: this one and the hybrid power amp. I should make another point regarding an independent use of the L1. What I should point out is the texture of the midrange. This time, we are listening to both the clavichord (which is considered the antecedent of the piano) and the contemporary piano. The vivid sound of the clavichord at the peaks becomes harmonious just like that of the contemporary piano. On the one hand, if we consider this sound mild, we can enjoy the sound as such without the power amp. On the other hand, the combination with the M1.1 could purify the sound. I admire the capacity of the lower range which reaches low enough and has full extensionn, as well as control. The midrange is somehow eccentric, and so the judgment should be made depending on the individual preferences, as well as on the match with speakers.

Fukuda: The expression of the bass is fabulous. Damping is effective and the sound is enriched with energy and high linearity. Speaking of characteristics, the bass is neutral and the mids and highs have high resolution. Needless to say, using the direct input would result in higher resolution and refinement of the sound. Nevertheless, certain peculiarity in the midrange can't be ignored. I am not particularly fascinated by the balanced output. I would say that the regular RCA is sufficient.