Quad 66 Pre Amplifier
The Quad 66 Pre Amplifier was part of the Quad 6 series launched in 1989 and it superceded the Quad 34 and 44 Pre Amplifiers. Like the rest of the 6 series, the Quad 66 Pre Amplifier was very minimalist with all the controls being on the remote control. The Quad 66 Pre Amplifier is also probably one of the very few pre amplifiers whose remote control is nearly as big as the pre amp. The Quad 66 Pre Amplifier remote control resembled something from the deck of the Starship Enterprise, consisting of 22 buttons and two rotating knobs, it was a grotesque looking instrument but very functional at the same time.
The Quad 66 Pre Amplifier had seven inputs for Disc, CD, Radio, Tape, AV, Aux and Aux2, two of which were tape loops (one of them labelled AUX2). Like previous Quad pre amplifiers, the DISC section on the Quad 66 Pre Amplifier was modular meaning different moving magnet and moving coil pre amps could be fitted to suit the cartridge being used. Quad offered owners of the the Quad 66 Pre Amplifier a choice of five modules, 3 moving coil and 2 moving magnet. The Quad 66 Pre Amplifier was the first Quad pre amplifier to use a microprocessor to control the pre-amp section and control.
The Quad 66 Pre Amplifier was in production from 1989 to 1996 and 12,000 units were sold before being replaced by the 7 series. The other members of the Quad 6 series were the Quad 606 Power Amplifier, Quad 306 Power Amplifier, Quad 66FM Tuner and the Quad 66 CD player (replaced by the Quad 67 CD Player in 1993).
Quad 66 Pre Amplifier Specifications
Inputs: Seven (4 line, 1 phono, 2 tape loops)
Input Sensitivity: Line 300 mV (CD,Tape,Aux) , 100 mV (Radio)
Moving Magnet Disc Options: 3 mV and 1mV (Impedence: 47 kohm)
Moving Coil Disc Options: 400uv, 200 uv and 100 uV (Impedence: 100 kohm)
Mains Voltage: 110-120v, 220-240v AC (Changeable via PCB links)
Dimensions (WxDxH): 321 x 240 x 80 (mm)
Weight: 3.5 kg
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