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"If you're reading this chances are you're an audiophile looking for a preamplifier that will take your audio system to a whole new level. Choosing the best component you can afford is never an easy process. There are so many to brands and models to choose from. How do you make a wise, low risk choice? Our goal is to make that decision easy for you. Try one of our affordable high performance LDR passive preamps at home for up to 30 days. If your're not completely satisfied, return it for 100% refund less your cost to ship it back to us. Simple. No risk. And discover what hundreds of Tortuga Audio customers already know: a Tortuga LDR passive preamp may be the last preamp you ever buy."
Morten | President & Chief Designer | Tortuga Audio
Reviews and Customer Feedback
"For many audiophiles the “best” preamplifier is the one that does the least damage to the signal. If you are one of these audiophiles, the Tortuga Audio LDR3.V2 could be your best and your last preamplifier. Sure, it may not be flashy-looking, and it’s not going to add to your system’s warmth or euphony, but if you want the ultimate in transparency you would be hard-pressed—regardless of budget—to find a preamplifier, passive or active, that delivers your music with less editorializing than the Tortuga Audio LDR3.V2."
A few notables
Light Dependent Resistors
99+% of all other preamps use conventional volume control technology. Not here. Tortuga Audio uses light dependent resistors. Not just different audio. Better audio.
Many Tortuga Audio customers decided to sell their existing $10k+ world class high end tube premaps after auditioning our LDR passive preamps. Yes, they're that good.
Affordable High End Performance
For a little over $1k your system can achieve a level of performance that rivals high end systems that cost thousands of dollars more. One of the best values in audio today.
No Gain - No Pain
With rare exception you don't need gain (volume boost) in your preamp. Tortuga Audio's LDR preamps provide excellent attenuation without any harmful manipulation of the audio signal.
Full Range Dynamics
No shortage of dynamics and punch here! Tortuga Audio LDR passive preamps deliver truly impressive bass plus clear, clean & balanced mid/highs with no grain or harshness. Adjustable impedance renders matching a moot issue.
Please Remain Seated
Yes, Tortuga Audio preamps have a volume control knob. No, you don't need to get up and use it if you don't want to. All Tortuga Audio preamps are controlled via a nice simple remote. So sit back & enjoy!
Rather Do It Yourself?
Tortuga Audio also sell components and kits for those who enjoy the satisfaction of building their own gear while saving quite a lot of money in the process. We support the makers movement.
Reviews Are In
Owners and independent reviewers agree that Tortuga Audio's passive preamps offer exceptional performance and value.
Our Most Popular Model
- Superior audio quality | light dependent resistors
- Single ended stereo | unity gain passive preamp
- Cardas RCA jacks | 3 inputs | 2 output
- Dual channel display (blue)
- Fully IR remote controlled | Apple remote
- Firmware/feature updates via USB port
- 12 V trigger out
- Front panel
- Silver or black brushed anodized aluminum
- Lacquered carbonized bamboo
- Custom wood
- Upgraded signal hookup wire (point to point)
- Neotech ultra-pure continuous caste 26 AWG solid copper