Item: EAR 912 Preamplifier
Item Condition: Near new - 3 months old
Reason for selling: I'm a solid state guy at heart
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, bank transfer
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As a long-term audiophile, every few years I get the overwhelming urge to replace all my amplifiers with tube amps. I normally resist the urge because I know I generally prefer solid state amps, and really have no need of new amplifiers. But sometimes curiosity gets the better of me and I try something new. In this case, I bought an EAR 912 preamplifier, directly from Stoneaudio in the UK in May of this year (https://www.stoneaudio.co.uk/?product=ear+912+tube+preamplifier). The UK retail price is 9370 pounds (about A$15,400). I thought that if ever a tube preamplifier was going to convert me, this was it. But unfortunately I remain steadfastly a solid state guy.
The EAR 912 is described as a "Professional Tube Control Centre". It features single ended and balanced inputs and outputs, two phono inputs, fully configurable for any cartridge, with multiple adjustments for loading and gain. The internal phono stage is equivalent to the EAR 88PB ( https://www.stoneaudio.co.uk/?product=ear+88pb+valve+phono+amplifier), a standalone phono stage which itself sells for 4120 pounds (about A$6800).
The 912 preamplifier, designed by Tim de Paravicini, has had nothing but outstanding reviews. Some examples:
Art Dudley's review in Stereophile concluded:
This product taught me something about my records and the other components in my system, and I enjoyed every minute I spent with it. The EAR 912 isn't cheap, but it's a Class A preamplifier in every sense, and an heirloom-quality instrument that represents the apex of both build quality and design ingenuity. I miss it already—and I strongly recommend that you try to experience it for yourself. https://www.stereophile.com/tubepreamps/1205ear/index.html
Robert Levi in Positive Feedback concluded:
... the E.A.R. 912 Professional Tube Control Centre will take its place as my reference preamp against which all others will be judged. With a flexibility second to none and musical performance unmatched in my experience as a reviewer, you must consider the 912 as a contender for that first position on your audiophile shopping list. With a superb sounding, fully featured phono stage, you will need one less box on the rack. As the top preamp for quiet, black backgrounds coupled with spot on musicality and realism, you get the complete and fully evolved package. I would buy this before the British pound gets more expensive! The E.A.R. 912 Professional Tube Control Centre is the state of the art in preamp design and performance. What more can one ask for? Tim de Paravicini hits a home run, yet again. Tim, please don't ever stop! http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue31/ear912.htm
As the preamp was bought in May, it is only 3 months old, and comes with all original packaging, plus extra NOS tubes which I have bought separately and worth perhaps another $1000.
Pick up is preferred, but I can also courier at the buyer's cost. For those who enjoy the sound of reference level tube equipment this will probably be the last preamplifier you will ever need. It is also likely that this will be the only time one of these comes up for sale in the Australian market.