The Atoll PR100 SE preamplifier is the most accessible in the French brand’s repertoire. But don’t let the low price fool you, because the multitude of options and qualities this cable offers make it a benchmark product in its price range.
The front panel is faithful to the Atoll look. It features the same brushed aluminium, available in silver or black. It has an imposing dial for adjusting the volume and a set of small buttons for selecting your source. There’s also a 6.35mm headphone jack and a standby button. On the back panel are 5 line inputs, 1 Tape Out, 1 bypass input (HC) and 2 preamp outputs for use with power amplifiers. All of these are RCA sockets and allow for vertical or horizontal bi-amplification (using one amp per voice or register). One of these line inputs can be used for an Atoll P100 MM/MC phono stage or Atoll P50 phono stage, or even an Atoll DAC or Atoll Wireless receiver chip. But the catch is you can only use one of these devices at a time!
Atoll consistently delivers excellent production quality, and this preamp is no exception. The production quality of the components is excellent, the power supply and filtering system are generous and the circuit sounds clear and authentic.
And it couldn’t be easier or quicker to set up. The Atoll PR100 SE preamp is the perfect companion to the Atoll AM100 or the AM200, or even the AM50 or AM80 (SE or earlier models). It delivers a dynamic, precise, well-defined and well-articulated sound quality. It also offers excellent value for money, letting you build a high-end system without breaking the bank! Franck
Tape in: 1
Tape out: 1
Bypass in: 1
Preamp out: 2
Headphone output: 1 x 3.5mm jack
Frequency response: 5 Hz -200 kHz
Remote control: Yes
Power supply: 160 vA
Filtering: 15 000 uF
Sensitivity: 500 mV
Rise time: 1.3 uS
Signal-to-noise ratio: 100 dB
Weight: 7 kg
Dimensions: 440 x 90 x 270 mm