The M3 tube linestage preamp is one of the more delightful and affordable Audio Note preamps that you can buy without burning a hole through your wallet. Although it is a three line only preamp with three line outs (two pair of RCAs and one pair of XLRs), the M3 was a pleasure to use with a variety of setup in our store. There was always this warm, rich sound that has that little sparkle to add that “fizz” in the soundstage. Soundstage was full body with excellent depth and weight. Very much expected from an Audio Note preamp but in the sub-$2,000 price range now, this M3 is a best buy. This M3 is not the full size lineup you find on most other brand of preamps but is the “larger than the usual showbox” variation (like their DACs). The unit measures 15″ wide, 18″ deep and 6″ tall (you will need at least 12″ to allow proper ventilation). Tube complements currently inside are – two Raytheon 5687, one Electro Harmonix 6BM8 and one Bendix 5852.
Cosmetically, the unit looks good. Minor scuff marks here and there and a bit of oxidation on the brass knobs but nothing major. This unit was professionally built by Response Audio. We don’t have the original packaging but will securely pack it for safe shipping.