Priced at $68.5K, TAD Labs Latest Preamp is Flagship All the Way

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(April 25, 2024) Technical Audio Devices Laboratories, Inc. (TAD Labs) has introduced the TAD-C700 preamplifier, a new flagship in its Reference Series of components. Replacing the TAD-C600, a pre/pro launched 13 years ago, the TAD-C700 boasts an array of technical enhancements that read like an audio dreamscape on paper. Central to its design is a high-performance, single-stage current-feedback amplifier that TAD says keeps musical details revealed without loss of fidelity. A dedicated output amplifier for each of the two line outputs minimizes interference from connected devices, further preserving the purity you'd expect to hear from equipment of this stature.

The C700 employs fully balanced circuitry and a dual-mono construction to individually amplify positive and negative signal waveforms from input to output, effectively reducing amplification errors and achieving ideal signal paths across channels. This approach, claims TAD, results in near-perfect stereophonic sound reproduction. Additionally, the preamplifier's power supply is isolated from the main amplifier unit to avoid vibration and magnetic flux leakage, utilizing a high-capacity toroidal transformer and high-quality components like oxygen-free copper terminals to ensure a stable and clean power supply.

The unit's chassis, constructed from a solid 33-mm-thick aluminum ingot, provides high-level vibration control, crucial for maintaining unfettered sound reproduction. TAD also has customized key components, such as an electronic volume control circuit that offers precise attenuation and ultra-low distortion, and power circuit components designed to extend the frequency response and maintain sound integrity.

For enhanced functionality in a complex audio setup, the C700 features synchronous control, allowing multiple units to be managed from a master C700. The preamplifier also includes a dedicated recording output and a pass-through mode that ensures the integrity of the audio signal, ideal for high-quality recording and playback.

If TAD's press materials don't ooze audiophile sweetness, its price tag certainly does. Scheduled for release in June 2024, the TAD-C700 will be available at select US dealers for $68,500. If you live in Canada that price point looks even larger, landing at $94,500 Canadian.

For more information, visit TAD by clicking here.


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I think you should order up one Todd... should fit nicely in your two-channel system, huh? :spend:
 

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Gotta hand it to them... they sure dressed it up nicely! I'm sure it looks great in person... probably feels amazing in the hands. Could I hear a difference? I'd hazard to guess not a $68K difference. But, if you're spending $68K, you probably don't have budget issues.

Wonder how many of these units they'll sell in a year. Any guesses?
 

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My thinking is that upscale dealers might put this in a package for some of the multi-million dollar homes when they install systems in these homes. As far as an audiophile walking into a dealer and buying it? I wonder if it would even be a handful. Maybe there are some TAD fans out there with an endless bank account that will have to have it.
 

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You could certainly get a lot of audiophile kit with those kind of Benjamins... And that is just for a PreAmp? That is Dan D'Agostino territory...
Hi, I am the Sultan of Brunei and I am looking for a new sub... Err... PreAmplifier for my harem... I mean my kit... :dontknow::dizzy:
 

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I've been a budget audiophile my entire adult life. As most of you realize, when you start getting expensive, the differences start becoming more and more minor. I've had some excellent pre's and have sat in front of some of the best. Overall, being frugal, I could never justify a pre at this price point.
 

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Yeah... it would require being liquid to a degree that $50K is a total afterthought.

Sonnie is probably correct, with this component typically being sold as part of a system or install purchase. Perhaps the MSRP is followed more loosely in that kind of scenario? However, there are plenty of home theater installs that trip into the millions (or millions)... and you know there is serious money in places like Dubai.

Maybe they sell a lot more of these than you'd think!
 

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