When building the MT8016, Advanced Audio’s Dave Thomas’ goal was to design a ‘State of the Art’ transformer coupled preamp for an affordable price. With today’s technology he found that he could accomplish this and use electronic components that had better specifications than parts available in the 70’s. The front end of the MT8016 circuit has been married to a transformer output stage that helps to capture the 70’s British console sound.
The MT8016 has 1% resistors and uses very low ESR coupling capacitors bypassed with ultra fast metal film capacitors. The MT8016 is assembled in Canada with custom made, British transformers from a company Neve uses. We find out a little more from the man behind Advanced Audio on the Summer NAMM show floor.