With the knowledge in hand to design minimally invasive electronics without needing to be minimalist, we decided that our preamp should be complete. Very complete. The basic Makua is an extremely transparent gain stage and a programmable routing matrix. The chassis has ample room to fit optional extras, most notably a DAC and a phono stage. The 6 preset buttons are programmable via USB or Bluetooth to access any combination of channel, processing and routing. In a system with mainly digital sources, the preset buttons would be programmed to select between them. Vinyl lovers on the other hand might want to use several buttons to select the same turntable but with different EQ settings to suit their large collection of historic LP's. All five inputs are switchable between XLR and floating RCA connections, and all can be assigned as either phono or line.

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Key features

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5 balanced and 5 unbalanced inputs
2 parallel outputs for bi-amping


Maximum input/output level: 20dBu
Input impedance: 100 kOhm
Output impedance: 44 Ohm
Distortion at maximum signal level: not measurable
Gain resolution: <1 dB, better than 0.2dB over normal listening range

Dimensions and Weight

420mm(w) x 110mm x 345mm(d)


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