After the highly acclaimed Futterman OTL Mk II, which made its debut at the High End 2008, other tube-based components gradually followed - powerful OTL monoblocks, an extraordinary preamplifier for vinyl enthusiasts, a CD player with a tube output stage and probably the only radio receiver in the world based on the DVB-S standard and with a tube output stage.
This was followed by an extraordinary dipole loudspeaker at High End 2010, which immediately moved into the absolute top of the range on the world market.
The following year, the trend towards “personal audio” at EternalArts led to three high-end headphone amplifier models in OTL technology, designed for top-quality headphones. All models were also unanimously classified by the trade press in the absolute top class of the range.
In order to fulfill the obvious wish to have a high-quality audiophile pre-stage available at the same time as a headphone amplifier, a new product was developed: the EternalArts HLP. The compact component is a high level preamplifier with three inputs, which was created on the basis of the circuitry of the headphone amplifier. Thus it benefits from the ingenious basic concept of voltage stabilization, which was introduced by Neumann in the 1940s for feeding condenser microphones.
The special development effort for this puristic high-level preamplifier was due to the fact that both modes of operation – headphone amplification and signal pre-amplification for an output stage – have different requirements. In one case it is a power supplier to drive converter systems, in the other to supply voltage to control output stages.
Thanks to an ingenious switchover, the new EternalArts HLP does justice to both tasks and creates a sound image of outstanding calmness, splendor of color and attention to detail in both.
The EternalArts combination of a high-end preamplifier with headphone amplifier transfers the ingenious Futterman idea of â€‹â€‹a transformerless tube amplifier to a compact, puristic high-end switching center for all types of power amplifiers and active monitors.
Compact preamplifier module for the connection of three high-level sources and a hi-fi headphone implemented in a two-part powder-coated sheet steel housing with a high-gloss black acrylic front, solid nickel-plated feet made of solid metal and a volume knob
Headphone section optimized for high-impedance high-end headphones such as the HD800 from SENNHEISER
Can be switched to operation with low-impedance headphones > 20 ohms
High quality selected components, classic ALPS potentiometer, gold-plated headphone socket, gold-plated Neutrik cinch sockets, relay-controlled switching of the sources