Quad 44 Pre Amplifier
The Quad 44 Pre Amplifier was the bigger brother of the Quad 34 Pre Amplifier and had the addition of an extra input over the Quad 34's four inputs. Ideally partnered with the Quad 405 and Quad 405-2 amplifiers although it is more than happy with any power amplifier, the Quad 44 Pre Amplifier has some nice features to it and clever electronics especially if your main source is vinyl.
The Quad 44 Pre Amplifier has three tone filters, bass, tilt and a high pass filter which allow you to maximise the music from very old or poor recordings by removing a lot of distortion. The Quad 44 Pre Amplifier also is one of the very few home audio pre amplifiers that can cope with high output professional equipment and as well as having swappable modules for disc, radio, cd and tape, Quad were also able to supply a microphone pre-amp card as well meaning this amplifier was well suited to home recording as well as studio recording.
These days people who mainly listen to CD will have dispensed with the Quad 44 Pre Amplifier because the sound quality can be bettered with more modern equipment. Some people have had success upgrading the capacitors in the Quad 44 Pre Amplifier with Black Gate or Elna types and replacing the Op Amps with superior Burr Brown types. No matter the Quad 44 Pre Amplifier is still a popular piece of equipment and given its value second hand is worth considering if you have a lot of old recordings in your collection.
Quad 44 Pre Amplifier Specification
Line Source Frequency Response : 30 Hz - 20 kHz (+/- 1db)
Disc RIAA Frequency Response : 30 Hz - 20 kHz (+/- 0.5db)
Distortion: < 0.05%
Input Impedence: Variable according to modules (Radio & Tape typically 100mV)
Interchannel Balance: +/- 0.5 db
Crosstalk: > 70db
Power consumption: 7 Watts
Mains voltage : 110-120V or 220-240V (interchangeable on PCB)
Dimensions (WxDxH) : 321 x 103 x 207 (mm)
Weight: 4 kg
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