Model 3100 Line Preamplifier
An extremely natural preamplifier which is a key part of the Zanden ‘Modern’ range.
MODEL 3100 line preamplifier is an ultra-quiet valve design incorporating Zanden’s proprietary “no negative feedback” solution. One double-triode valve caters for the audio circuit and another one is the heart of the power supply serving as a rectifier. As many as three single-ended (RCA) and balanced (XLR) inputs are present, each allowing to be used in either configuration. Two single-ended (RCA) and two balanced (XLR) main outputs are also standard part of the standard specification.
As on all Zanden preamplifiers, absolute polarity inversion switch is conveniently located on the front panel and a full function remote control handset is included.
“Much of that stability, low noise floor, solidity and sense of drive come from the transformer coupling of the outputs. But unlike many transformer-coupled designs, the Zanden avoids any hint of clumsiness. It’s deft and agile, so that rather than bludgeoning momentum you get a sense of direction and purpose in the performance. This ability to fasten on what matters in the music is what sets the Zanden products apart. It allows the musicians to engage the listener, the listener to engage with the system – and that’s exactly what audio electronics should be all about. It’s a while since I had the Model 1200 phono-stage at home, or Zanden’s four-box CD player, but both have lingered long in my memory. More recently, the Model 1300 phono-stage has seriously impressed and now the Model 3100 joins that list. Zanden is succeeding in delivering the almost magical performance it built its reputation on, but at much more affordable prices. It’s still not exactly pocket change, but the Model 3100 is their most attractive and might just be their most engaging and enjoyable line-stage to date. In material terms it might seem expensive until you remember that it’s not about the metalwork, it’s about the music; that’s when you realize just what stunning value the Zanden really represents.” – Roy Gregory – Hifi Plus Magazine
W: 398mm / H: 254mm / D: 103mm