The Case for Active DSP Crossovers

active dsp crossover

Active DSP Crossovers Are The Future! Nearly all speakers require crossovers.  Historically crossovers have been passive. From the lowliest 2-way budget box to those 10 foot tall high-end monster cabinets you see in shows and magazines that cost as much as an average house – passive crossovers. Despite the ubiquitous nature of passive crossovers, active […]

LDR V25 Preamp Controller Released

LDR.V25 Preamp Controller

Update: April 9, 2017 – The new V25 LDR Preamp Controller board has been released to manufacture and we expect to begin shipping units later this month. The design of the V25 evolved rapidly to overtake our plans for a subsequent V3 thus making the V25 the new V3. Confused? Read on!

Is A Preamp Buffer Right For You?

simplied schematic of Tortuga Audio's tube preamp buffer

What Is A Preamp Buffer? To answer the question “What is a preamp buffer?” let’s start with a preamp that has no buffer,  i.e. a passive preamp. At a minimum, a passive preamp provides volume control (attenuation). Optionally, a passive preamp can also provide input switching between multiple connected sources. Passive preamps control volume by […]

Firmware Update & Apple Remote Changes

apple remote control functions

Effective May 14, 2016 we are releasing version 2.2 of our firmware including changes in how the Apple Remote is used to control Tortuga Audio preamps. All new preamps will ship with the 2.2 firmware. Owners of existing V2 series preamps including the LDRx and LDRxB can upgrade to the 2.2 firmware if they wish.

Custom Boathull Speakers

Boathull Speakers We recently contracted with a customer to build a set of small bookshelf boathull speakers utilizing a unique type of nonlinear wood construction that results in not only an acoustically superior enclosure but also a very aesthetically pleasing design. As you can see from the pictures above and below, the results are quite […]

Discovering A Mac 4100 Vintage Vinylizer

McIntosh Mac 4100 integrated amplifier

Bob’s Beach House On an coastal barrier island near where I live there’s a narrow winding side road off the single main road that leads to an even narrower long twisty driveway surrounded by a riot of subtropical flora at the end of which sits a nondescript single story white house on a top of […]

LDR3.V2 Passive Preamp Receives 2016 Editors’ Choice Award

2016 absolute sound editors' choice award for LDR3.V2

LDR3.V2 Passive Preamp Awarded Tortuga Audio is pleased to announce that its LDR3.V2 Passive Preamp has made the list of The Absolute Sound’s Editors’ Choice Awards for 2016. Details regarding the Editors’ Choice Awards will be made available in the March issue of The Absolute Sound which is scheduled to be mailed out on January […]