Calypso Tube line stage Pre-amplifier
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Calypso is an all-tube linestage suitable for audio and home cinema systems. Fully balanced circuitry from input to output, including internal balancing of single-ended inputs, results in common mode signal rejection and cleaner sound. The innovative discrete switched resister volume control maximizes resolution at any listening level. Every input is both single-ended and balanced for greater versatility. Home theatre bypass mode, absolute phase setting and full function remote are added conveniences. The all-aluminum chassis is rigid, acoustically inert and simply beautiful.
Fully balanced differential circuitry with ability to internally balance a single ended input signal.
Discrete switched resistor volume control with 88 1dB steps.
All tube amplification and output (4 tubes total).
Two sets of XLR and two sets of RCA outputs per channel.
Bypass mode for home theatre processor throughput.
Absolute phase, selectable via front panel or remote control.
Full function remote included.
Available in black or silver faceplate.
Calypso is available in three versions: Standard, Signature and Eclipse.
The standard version uses high-grade Rel-Cap polypropylene coupling capacitors. The Signature version uses exotic and expensive coupling capacitors and other critical parts to bring the performance to a higher level.
All versions of Calypso can be factory upgraded to Signature.
Inputs: 5 line RCA or XLR (balanced), plus 1 tape, RCA or XLR
Outputs: 2 RCA (SE) and XLR (balanced), 1 tape RCA
Line level gain: 23 dB single ended (SE), in/out, and 29 dB balanced/out
Volume control: switched resistor network volume control with 88 1 dB steps
Front panel controls: main input, tape input select, volume, balance, phase, mute, display, and bypass
Remote controls: main input, tape input select, volume, balance, phase, mute, display, bypass and standby
Frequency response: +- 0.25 dB, 20 Hz – 20 Khz
Signal to noise: measured at 70 dB minimum, A-weighted (ref 1 mv input, 75 dB gain setting)
Line input impedance: 40 k ohms SE, 80 k ohms balanced
Maximum line input: 3.5 volts SE, 7.0 volts RMS balanced
Output impedance: 1K ohms SE, 600 ohms balanced
Recommended amplifier load: 10K ohms or greater (SE), 20K ohms or greater (Balanced)
Tubes, each channel: (line section) V1 (12AX7 or equivalent), V2 (6922/6DJ8)
Power consumption: 20 watts standby, 60 watts active
Physical dimensions: 4 3/8″ high, 17 7/8″ wide, 18″ deep including jacks
Shipping weight: 40 lbs.
…this preamp, in this system, brings a magic to the music I have been searching for.” -Paul McGowan, CEO and Co-Founder of PS Audio in his blog PS Tracks (August 2013) read post
Speed and detail… highs without a glint of shrillness… low noise floor… hours of glorious, fatigue-free listening.” –The Absolute Sound High-End Audio Buyers Guide (Spring 2013, CALYPSO and JANUS SIGNATURE)
The sound is huge in scale and reach. Stereo imaging is among the widest we’ve ever heard, and lacks for nothing in precision or intimacy. Add the exceptional build quality and you have one of the finest pre/power amps that money can buy.” –What Hi-Fi? (UK, 2012, CALYPSO SIGNATURE linestage and ATLAS MONO amplifiers), “30 Stunning Stereo Amps”
Natural, sophisticated and accurate sound.” –Như DũngSồhóa (Vietnam, 2012, CALYPSO linestage), read review
–Nghe Nhìn (Vietnam, 2011): CALYPSO linestage
HiFi+ Guide to The Crème de la Crème (UK, 2011): CALYPSO SIGNATURE linestage
The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award (2010): CALYPSO SIGNATURE linestage
The Absolute Sound Product of the Year (2003): CALYPSO linestage
The Calypso Signature is in a different league, its lack of musical constriction, character or emphasis allowing it to perform just as a great linestage should – almost invisibly” -Roy Gregory, HiFi Plus (UK, 2011, CALYPSO SIGNATURE linestage), download PDF (4 MB)
The sheer all-round ability of the Signature means its not too fussy about partners…Calypso will gladly uncover astonishing levels of detail and impressive scale.“- What Hi-Fi? “5 Stars” (UK, 2011, CALYPSO SIGNATURE)
…characterized by extremely wide dynamics, with an effortlessness in reproducing dynamic shadings along a continuum… transparency and detail resolution are first-rate… competes with the megabuck preamps… musically stunning and beautifully built.” -Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound Editor’s Choice Award (2005-2011, CALYPSO and CALYPSO SIGNATURE linestage)
A beautifully built, smartly designed, crisply functioning, versatile, and sonically brilliant preamplifier.” –Stereophile Class A Recommended Component: CALYPSO and CALYPSO SIGNATURE linestage
+9.5 LPs – “extreme lack of noise and distortion offers natural detail and harmonics to be heard to the limits of the recording… a wonderful feeling of rhythm and flow…” –10Audio.com (2011, CALYPSO SIGNATURE linestage), read review
Arguably the most natural-sounding preamp for this money” –What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision Magazine “Five Stars” (UK, 2008, CALYPSO linestage), read review
one of the most enjoyable, musically satisfying preamplifiers I have had the pleasure of reviewing” -Michael Fremer Stereophile (2005, CALYPSO SIGNATURE), read review
Calypso provides the kind of performance that you just won’t hear with anything else anywhere near its price point, and it’s better than many things that cost twice as much.” -Shane Buettner, Audio Perfectionist Journal (2003, CALYPSO linestage), download PDF (1/2 MB)