DIY Preamp Components
Tortuga Audio is pleased to offer the following preamp components for the DIY audio enthusiast. These components make it possible to build your own audiophile grade high performance passive preamp.
More detailed information on each component is available by clicking on its title link.
With a release date of April 1, shipping of the V25 will be delayed until ~April 15th due to last minute changes in the hardware design as a result of new features. During the pre-order period you will not be charged until the April 1st release date. Due to the delayed shipping, the $50 discount has been extended until April 15 which is almost a 17% discount. Pricing reverts to full list on April 15th. The LDR V25 preamp controller (the “V25”) is a software driven audio volume control and input switching device for high performance passive and active audio preamps. Like its predecessors (the V1, V2 and V2.1 preamp controller) the V25 utilizes light dependent resistors (LDRs) to attenuate volume. Tortuga Audio’s LDR based volume control is now in its 4th generation and delivers a level of sound quality that once you experience it you won’t want to go back to conventional potentiometers, stepped attenuators or even transformer based volume controls. By itself, the V25 preamp controller board allows the audio hobbyist, professional designer or OEM to build an exceptional passive audio preamp that rivals the performance of some of the best high end preamp equipment available today regardless of price. When mated with a downstream preamp gain stage and buffer, the V25 becomes the heart of a very high performance active preamp.
The LDR3x V2.1 is our current product model preamp controller board designed around light dependent resistors (LDRs) that allows the DIY’er to build a passive or active preamp with exceptional audio performance that can be controlled with a remote. With the V2.1, you can build a world class passive preamp rivaling the best of the best! And with auto-calibration and replaceable LDR modules, your investment in high performance audio will last a lifetime. LDRs are being increasingly recognized by audio enthusiasts as THE best technology for volume control. And Tortuga Audio’s LDR3x V2.1 is the most advanced state-of-the-art LDR passive preamp design available. Tortuga Audio offers add-on products such as a display module, encoder, 3 input switching module, power supply, usb cable etc. to allow the DIY enthusiast to build a full featured audiophile grade passive preamp.
$199.00Add to cart
The LDR Module is a replacement part for the LDR3x Passive Preamp Controller board. It applies to all versions of the LDR3x board starting with version 2 (the V2). LDR Modules can be easily removed and replaced and plug into any of the four LDR locations on the LDR3x board marked RV1, RV2, RV3 and RV4. It’s important to orient the LDR Module properly. The white dot on the LDR Module should be the same side as the white dot on the LDR3x board. Replacing an LDR Module should only be necessary if the LDR3x exhibits a significant permanent shift in channel balance or a channel stops responding to volume changes. If these problems can’t be resolved by running an Auto-Calibration cycle or if the LDR3x hangs during an Auto-Calibration cycle, then probably at least one LDR Module requires replacement.
$19.00Add to cart
This 1 foot cable makes it easy to provide an externally accessible USB connection port to update firmware in a LDR3x Passive Preamp Controller located within an enclosure. One end of the cable provides a type A USB port that can be attached via 2 screws to a panel. The other end has 5 pin female header that connects to the J8 5 pin male header on the LDR3x board. For those with a V2 board that already has a micro-USB port board soldered onto the J8 header, you’ll need to first remove that board from the J8 header. We recommend this be done by carefully cutting up the micro-USB port around the pins using a plier/cutter and then using a solder iron to remove any remaining materials from the J8 pins.
$15.00Add to cart