Tierra Audio Lava Preamp
The Tierra Audio Lava Preamp is designed for those who pursue an organic sound, that is both warm and present.
The Tierra Audio Lava Preamp features advanced handmade analog electronics, that offer a slow transient response, thus generating a more homogenous sensation in the final sound. The Lava Preamp instantly provides more definition and dynamics that will settle into the mix with pinpoint accuracy. Its overwhelming headroom will keep alive all the dynamic range of your instruments, with a well-defined sound and low-end is consolidated All this without relinquishing awesome aesthetics and environmentally friendly industrial design, down to the finest detail.
One of the most striking thing about the Tierra Audio line is the wooden face plate that are pyrographed with all the controls and value markings. Along with this is the wooden product box and natural materials dehumidifying pouch - all of which are a testament to the companies ecofriendly values and practices. The look of Tierra Audio products is both beautiful and classy.
Tierra Audio Lava Preamp Features
- Handmade in Madrid
- Carnhill Transformers
- SIFAM VU meter
- Gold plated connectors
- Made with pure cherry wood
- Light and robust
- One device, one tree - one tree is planted in exchange for each sold device
Tierra Audio Lava Preamp Specifications
- Microphone input: Input impedance: 300 Ω or 1200 Ω when activating HI-Z.
- Instrument input: Input impedance: 400 kΩ.
- Maximum output: +20 dBu with max. 0.1% THD.
- Harmonic distortion (THD): Less than 0,03% at +4 dBu output in the range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz.
- Frequency response: From 20 Hz to 20 kHz (-0.5 dB at 20 Hz, -0,5 dB at 20 kHz).
- Gain level: From +15 dB to +70 dB (in steps of 5 dB).
- Output impedance: Less than 80 Ω, Transformer Balanced and earth free.
- Noise floor: Less than -86 dBu.
- Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): 102 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
- Power source: Two configurable voltage source settings on the back panel: 110 V AC 60 Hz and 220 V AC 50 Hz.
- Operating temperature range: Between 32º and 104º Fahrenheit (between 0º and 40º Celsius).
- Power source fuse: 500 mA.
Tierra Audio Lava Preamp Includes
- Lava Preamp
- Power Cable
- 5 Year Warranty
What We Think
The Lava is a very pleasing and interesting preamp. Generally when you hear that a preamp has Carnhill Transformers, you think of this meaty and hefty sounding 70's style pre. The Lava is a quite refined and balanced preamp that does not have a heavy tilt in the frequency range. Overall it has a full ranged response, but in a warm and smooth/musical presentation. Transients are more rounded and pleasant to listen to, it really takes away any sharpness there, and elevated the body, while maintaining a clarity to the sound. It's a great example of being charactered but understanding that a little goes a long way in this digital world - so it provided a gentle yet noticeable flavor.
- Ryan, Front End Audio
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