This is the Audible Illusion preamp that many have rated it as being better than the iconic M3A, which has been Stereophile’s Class A rated preamp. If you listen to a lot of vocals or string instruments, the L2 is the undisputed champ (in our opinion when you factor its selling price) for setting the gold standard in luscious mid-range, sweet detailed highs and solid bass extensions. Tube rollers would also be delighted how they can “change” the nature of the beast in this preamp with different brand of tubes but with what it is in it now, we don’t think it needs to change anything. Previous owner had the unit sent back to the factory where its main large caps were upgraded and a new set of blue LEDs were installed on the front faceplate. Two factory 6922 tubes were also installed at $100 each but you can play around with the sound by substituting different brands when you tube roll. Paired with any Class A rated power amp – solid or tubes and you will have a first class pre/power combo that will easily rival similar setups costing up to $10,000.
Overall condition of the unit is pretty good. Minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major. This was a very well cared for unit. We have the original box, manual and remote. Remote control has two buttons only – mute and volume. To adjust the volume, pressing on the right half of the top button increases it and pressing the left half decreases it. Unit will be securely packed for safe arrival.