“It’s hard to appreciate how critical the preamplifier is until one like this comes along and reveals what you thought was a limitation of the source was actually a distortion by the preamp,” says Hi-Fi Plus of the Townshend Allegri Reference, which is now a worthy winner of one of the magazine’s top annual awards.
“Max Townshend in not the sort of guy to make a product and then focus on marketing and selling it: he is an engineer to the core and cannot stop thinking of ways to improve his products,” writes reviewer Jason Kennedy, who thinks he knows what he’s getting with the new Allegri Reference – then thinks again! Continue reading “Intoxicating listening”: Hi-Fi Plus is enchanted by Townshend’s Allegri Reference linestage passive preamplifier
Townshend Audio has been making products that break the link between speakers and ground-borne vibration since the 1990s. The brand’s Seismic Isolation Podium adds just 2cm to the height of a loudspeaker, but adds considerably more to its sound quality. Reviewer Jason Kennedy “couldn’t quite believe the improvement in coherence and timing it wrought, and the extent to which the sound is able to escape the boxes. Then there’s the bass, which is suddenly incredibly articulate, three-dimensional and powerful.”
“Max Townshend is the real deal,” says Jason Kennedy, editor of The Ear online audio magazine, and “the Allegri Reference is [his] latest and most successful passive preamplifier.” So what makes it so successful, and “a true high end component”?
“It is several years – back in 2012 to be precise – since we reviewed the first compact Townshend line level control based on a ‘fractal’ miniature auto-transformer wound with cryogenically-treated wire,” writes Martin Colloms in the Jan/Feb/Mar issue of HiFi Critic. This was and still is the Allegri, which is still offered in Allegri Plus form as a six input, single-winding passive volume control or ATVC. Colloms continues to use the Plus as a reference. So how will the new Reference compare?
Professional musician and audiophile Rafael Todes “recommends without question” Max Townshend’s new Allegri Reference. “I never tired of this preamp’s ‘revelatory’ quality; everything you play somehow sounds different to before… [it] gives preamplifiers at any price and of any type, an almost impossibly hard time in terms of sound.”
“Selecting the component you want to audition is never easy,” says Hi-Fi Choice. But help is at hand with the magazine’s new regular buying guide: the monthly Top 100 features “our pick of the best to pass through our respected reviewing process.”
Now in it’s seventh year, the unique high-end audio extravaganza that is Hi-Fi Show Live went from strength to strength this year, with its move to a spectacular new venue: the vast but elegant Ascot Grandstand. Exclusive product launches, packed workshops and a raft of superb sonic demonstrations were the name of the game this October.
David Denyer PR is delighted to announce a new working relationship with London-based Townshend Audio.