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Townshend Audio Allegri Preamp

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Glastonbury pre autotransformer technology and fractal wire(tm) fully manual 6 phono inputs & 2 outputs. 24 step volume control with 4db gain.

New Allegri autotransformer passive preamplifier from Townshend Audio is designed to provide ultimate signal transparency in high-end high fidelity systems.

The Allegri Autotransformer Passive Stereo Preamplifier is a high fidelity line level control centre that selects 6 inputs, adjusts gain and provides two outputs. It is a cut down version of the amazing Townshend Audio Glastonbury Pre 1 Autotransformer Preamp.  The Allegri preamp has almost the same sound as the Glastonbury Pre 1, but with no remote control, mono, mute, -10dB, +1dB, balanced operation, or AC coupling.

At the heart of the preamplifier designs is Townshend Audio’s new 24-tap Fractal-Wire wound autotransformer with 80% nickel mu-metal laminations for ultimate performance. All internal signal connections are by Fractal-Wire ™. As the Allegri preamps are purely passive devices there is no mains-born noise degradation. This, when combined with Fractal-Wire ™, results in the most accurate, uncoloured and open-sounding preamplifier possible – with astonishing transparency and resolution of fine detail.

There are 6 RCA phono line level inputs and two sets of phono stereo outputs.

Input selection is by manual control using the rotary selector knob on the left of the fascia.

Volume control is by a 24-position rotary switch divided into suitably chosen increments to provide a control range from +4dB to -60 dB and then mute.

As the Allegri preamp is DC coupled, so it is important that there is no DC offset on an input as distortion may occur. With the volume control set at 0 dB, the signal is connected directly from the input to the output.

The bright anodised aluminium metal case of the Allegri preamp is connected to the internal star earthing point of the signal ground to prevent hum.

ALAN SIRCOM – HIFI+ September 2014

…Highly recommended? Hell, things like the Townshend Allegri don’t come along that often. If you like music, you will like the Allegri. It’s that simple.

Hi Fi critic - Martin Colloms
Martin Colloms for Hi Fi critic gives the Allegri a massive 235: "The listeners were immediately aware of the lack of electronic hash, glare, hardness and artificiality. Instead we heard near magical transparency, exceptional bandwidth, tight control, fine clarity, wide dynamic range, excellent pace and timing, and deep, wide sound stages. Scores can become a little crazy when one encounters components that redefine sound quality, but I have to give this control unit a massive 235 under good source and load conditions".

What Hi Fi Review 5 *****
Exceptional transparency; terrific detail resolution and dynamic punch; simplicity

Impressive detail

Our first impression was of impressive detail, strong dynamics and unerring transparency. 

Extended listening simply reinforced this impression. There’s a purity about the Allegri’s sound that’s get any other way.

It doesn’t matter whether you listen to the drama-fuelled Dark Knight OST, the beautiful Tabula Rasa by Arvo Pärt or the sheer energy of Blur’s Song 2, the Allegri shines.

It communicates the tiniest of details in an unexaggerated and unvarnished manner. 

If sheer transparency to the recording is your thing, we can’t think of a similarly priced alternative we’ve heard that does it better.

Hi Fi Choice 5 *****

I recently reviewed the Townshend Audio Allegri autotransformer passive preamp in a mainstream UK hi-fi magazine and gave it five stars for sound quality and the same amount as an overall verdict. But it didn't fair so well when it came to the build quality rating which was a respectable if not impressive three stars. This is not because the Allegri is poorly built but because you can get significantly better presented products for the £2,000 asking price of this component. It will always be difficult for small companies to compete on fit and finish when they only build small numbers of components and don’t have the facilities to produce slick casework. This product was also created to bring the qualities of the £9,000 Townshend Glastonbury Pre to a wider audience, features had to be sacrificed along with fancy casework.
I didn’t have a great deal of time to produce the review but subsequent experience has further increased my regard for this product which is extraordinarily revealing and devoid of the shortcomings usually associated with passive preamps. This was brought into stark relief when I was loaned a £6,000 passive TVC preamp from one of the foremost marques in the sector. I could tell without comparison that it lacked the Allegri’s transparency but what really knocked me sideways was how much more energy it produced by comparison. It makes the more expensive controller sound positively flat and lifeless, so much so that I don’t think that its difficult to find anything positive to say apart from nice casework.
High end audio is often a form of male jewellery so it’s inevitable that the more sexy a component the more likely it is to succeed. But if you are into this hobby for the musical rewards then it pays to listen rather than look. To get the most transporting results I recommend listening with your eyes closed that way you won’t be swayed by the shiny boxes or lack thereof. - JASON KENNEDY

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