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Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier

“Where the magic happens”, that is the preliminary stage, according to the French company Advance Paris, which has now set itself the goal of designing a special preliminary stage, namely the new Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier.

The French company Advance Paris Sarl is convinced that the preamplifier is ultimately the most important component of an entire hi-fi chain and is therefore launching the new Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier, a particularly flexibly designed, audiophile solution as the latest product in the Advance Paris Classic Line.

This is the perfect partner for the mono power amplifier Advance Paris X-A1200 HiFi Mono Power Amplifier, which was introduced in 2016.

Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier – Two Mono Preamplifiers
Advance Paris Sarl calls the new Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier a reference preamplifier, not only because of its carefully selected components, but also because of its strictly separated channel design.

In principle, the new Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier contains two separate mono preamplifiers, whereby this separate construction not only refers to the independent preamplifiers of the left and right channels, but also extends to the power supply.

Two individual transformers are used to guarantee almost perfect channel separation without interference, according to the promise of the French hi-fi manufacturer.

The heart of the power supply is a toroidal transformer, next to which four generously dimensioned electrolytic capacitors with 12,000uF 150V are used for optimal filtering. It is explicitly pointed out that this toroidal transformer was placed in the centre of the cabinet in order to guarantee symmetry for the best possible channel separation.

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Numerous analogue inputs including phono preamplifier

While more and more manufacturers are foregoing numerous connections, especially in the analogue range, even in the upper price segment, the developers at Advance Paris Sarl once again rely on a really large number of inputs for the new Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier.

No less than nine analogue inputs are available, most of them in the form of RCA jack pairs. But there is also a balanced input in the form of XLR sockets.

There is also a phono preamplifier, which is equally suitable for MM and MC cartridges.

By the way, even the connection panel is symmetrical, which should be mentioned in passing.

D/A converter included

To meet the demand for a particularly flexible preamplifier, the new Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier has an integrated D/A converter.

The DAC is an Analog Devices AD1955, which processes data in Linear PCM format up to 24 bit and 192 kHz as well as DSD.

Two coaxial and two optical S/PDIF interfaces are available for digital sources, plus a USB port that allows direct connection to a PC or Mac and, of course, relies on asynchronous signal transmission.

Unbalanced and balanced outputs

The new Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier has both unbalanced and balanced outputs, allowing the user to choose the optimal connection to power amplifiers or active speaker systems.

By the way, we already mentioned it, according to Advance Paris Sarl, the Advance Paris X-A1200 HiFi Mono Power Amplifier from 2016 is the ideal partner for the new Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier.

Tidy front

The front of the new Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier presents itself in the familiar design of the Advance Paris Classic Line, with a rotary encoder and a display in the centre and two further rotary encoders to the left and right. This way, you always have all parameters of the Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier under control and can get an overview at a glance.

This is also where you will find the connection for headphones in the form of a 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack, because of course they did not do without an integrated headphone amplifier.

A matching infrared remote control is included in the scope of delivery.

The new Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier should be available in specialist shops within the next few days. The recommended retail price is € 3.500,-. The matching power amplifier Advance Paris X-A1200 HiFi Mono Power Amplifier can be found in the company’s price list at € 4,000.

Getting to the point

With the new preamplifier of the Advance Paris Classic Line, the Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier, the French hi-fi manufacturer Advance Paris Sarl offers a particularly flexible solution that is also designed according to strict audiophile criteria. Of course, it can be used with any power amplifier or active loudspeaker system, but its optimal partner is the Advance Paris X-A1200 HiFi Mono Power Amplifier.

Manufacturer:Advance Paris Sarl
Distribution Austria:Styria HiFi
Distribution Germany:quadral GmbH & Co. KG.
Preis:Advance Paris X-P1200 Dual Mono HiFi Preamplifier € 3.500,-
Advance Paris X-A1200 HiFi Mono Power Amplifier € 4.500,-

About Michael Holzinger

Michael Holzinger, founder and editor-in-chief of HiFi BLOG and sempre-audio.com, has been working for years as a journalist in the fields of IT, photography, telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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