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Item: Audio Research LS5 MK2 Preamplifier 
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Item Condition:  Very Good 
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Looking to try out a Valve Pre-amplifier in my system.  Looking for a LS5 Mk2 that is in 240 volts, not really fussed about the colour Black or Silver will do. Currently using a BP26 with MPS2 Power Supply.

 

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      Phono section gain: 28dB at 1kHz (MM), 27dB (MC).
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      Output impedance: 1.2k ohms (main), 150 ohms (tape). 
      Input impedance: 47k ohms.
      Frequency response: 2Hz-100kHz within 1dB, measured with a 1:1 probe/100k ohm load. 
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