The LS-3 line stage preamp is one of the greatest pretender in audio preamps. It pretends to be a “lowly” mid-range preamp with a conservative $1,700 MSRP, had a warm, natural sound that was akin to its other tube based siblings (it actually has no tubes…) and shyfully hides a soundstage and resolution that would embarrass other preamps costing twice as much. Indeed, with the right amp and speakers, the LS-3 would transform the system to an almost “life like” listening experience. As if you were suddenly sitting right in front of the stage with the singer right in front of you. The LS-3 has a very balanced presentation. It does not over emphasis a particular spectrum of the frequency range so it may not have the heavy emphasis in the bass section like some preamps or the added sparkle in the highs in others. It just has that natural roll across it and with that, a very soothing and enjoyable presentation. For way under $1,000 now, you would be hard pressed to find another preamp that shares its “tube like” sound quality and yet project that immediate, cleanly defined resolution in a smooth tonal quality.
Cosmetically, the unit is in very nice shape. Minor scuff marks and tiny knicks along the edges but nothing major. We don’t have the original box but will securely pack this for safe shipping. Manual is available online.