Densen B-275 Superleggera
Densen B-275 Superleggera
The B-275 SUPERLEGGERA is the reference in Densen’s preamplifier lineup. It is the ultimate solution to preamplification in which every aspect down to the finest detail has been examined and tailored to achieve excellence.
As a defining feature of the B-275, the delicate circuitry that handles the audio signal has been placed in its own cabinet, as a means of seperating it from the noisy and heavy power supply, hence the term superleggera. In effect this allows the B-275 to achieve a crystal clear signal path, thus accomplishing the utmost excellence in sound reproduction.
The B-275 Superleggera
- 200 step relay controlled volumecontrol (0,5 dB steps)
- A completely seperated power supply to achieve optimal signal integrity
- Powersupply with three seperate torrodial transformers to reduce vibrations and noise
- Three seperate power circuits,
- Right channel output stage
- Left channel output stage
- 510.000uF capacitor bank made with Custom Densen capacitors
- output stages with completely seperate power-supply sections based on a 6 watt Class A output amplifier with zero-feedback
- Designed in Denmark – Made in Denmark
Densen’s top of the line preamplifier; the B-275. The B-275 is a landmark leap in Densen’s commercially available preamplifiers , but actually the product is a well proven design, having being used internally at Densen as reference for several years. Now that it has become commercially available, it has been refined to meet the needs of discerning audiophiles around the world.
Densen has always had a strong focus on power supplies. Over the years this has resulted in Densen using exclusively our own power supply capacitors which are designed specifically for the circuits they are being used in, instead of relying on standard capacitors. The Densen power supplies have always contained several separate supplies, as a means of supplying clean power to all stages of the products, and the transformers have always been custom made and most of them encapsulated in epoxy to minimise vibration influence on the delicate audio signals on the PCB board.
The Densen B-275 is the first Superleggera product from Densen. The term superleggera will not be unfamiliar to conneceurs of advanced sports cars, as this Italian term, meaning super light weight, has been used to describe the chassis of some of the best and most famous sports cars ever made.
The industry standard has been to build bigger and bigger products, with larger and larger circuits and power supplies, resulting in cabinets both holding delicate audio electronics and massive power supplies. Densen has with the Superleggera products divided these into 2, allowing the audio circuitry to be totally separated from the power supplies mechanically, resulting in a effective removal of the power supply vibrations which will smear the signals of a normal amplifier. In the B-275 the huge power supply has its own cabinet, while the delicate audio circuitry is in the Superleggera cabinet, where everything possible has been done to reduce weight and remove vibrations. This has made a dramatic improvement in the sound, and where huge high end products normally are associated with dark and slow presentation of music, the words that springs to mind when describing the B-275 Superleggera is words like agile, precise, fast, dynamic and natural.
The B-275 simply let’s the music breath more freely, due to the removal of unnessesary weight. This is in line with Densen’s effort in previous models, where the attention has always been to make a light cabinet, but here it is obviously taken to extremes with the 2 cabinet solution.
The power supply of the B-275 is placed in a cabinet named 2NRG. The 2NRG contains no less than 3 custom made transformers, each with 2 separate windings. Each audio channel of the B-275 Superleggera has its own transformer, a capacitor bank of no less than 200.000uF, and rectifying by the use of ultrafast and precise diodes. The third transformer supplies the microprocessor display, input selectors, and the advanced relay driven volume attenuator. All in all the 2NRG has no less than 510.000uF in the form of 51 custommade capacitors.
The B-275 Superleggera itself contains further voltage regulation, allowing a complete removal of interference between each part of the amplifier. Therefore the B-275 itself contains a further 120.000uF of power supply capacitors, and several individual regulations.
The result of all this care to the heart of the B-275, its power supply, means the B-275 can breathe freely and undisturbed.
An equally great dedication and effort has been allocated to the audio circuitry. The B-275 Superleggera uses Densen’s unique non feedback single ended Class A topology, for a transparent, dynamic, refined and musical sound. Extreme care has been taken to avoid compromises. As such the B-275 features Densen’s advanced microprocessor controlled attenuator. In these times, digital volume controls are often used in even high end amplifiers. However, digital volume controls, typically contains over 500 components in a compact microchip, with such complication this may very easily disturb the tiny vulnerable audio signals. On top of that, digital volume controls typically have poor performance at low signal levels, where they will have high distortion and time-related distortions, resulting in listening fatigue and lack of transparency and details. And since normal listening is done at reduced signal levels, and not maximum output, this actually worsens the negative impact on the sound when using digital volume controls. Densen has therefore never used digital volume controls on all their products, opting instead for an advanced ultraprecise attenuator. This attenuator is implemented with the use of Vishay 0,1% lasertrimmed metal film resistors, resulting in outstanding transparency and accuracy. Furthermore, the attenuator is calibrated by the user, by an interface with the amplifier’s microprocessor. This means that the microprocessor that takes care of the B-275 display, remote, input selector, also takes care of the calibration of the attenuator to the listening level desired by the listener. The calibration is done in ½ db steps, allowing a high resolution, securing that the listener can always hit the precise listening level he desire.
The qualities of this attenuator should not be downsided, as this is perhaps the most advanced and precise volumecontrol currently used in the audio industri no matter price.
Further the microprosessor controls the B-275s option of installing a analogue surroundboard, which is a board that expands the B-275 to a true 7+1 analogue preamp, securing a precise and straight signal path for users who wants to upgrade the B-275 with a DVD or BluRay with either 5+1 or 7+1 analogue output, and with further poweramplifiers to control all speakers in such a system.
Audiophiles wanting to use the B-275 with a gramophone, can convert on of the B-275s line inputs to either a MM or MC RIAA input by the purchase of a dedicated phonostage to insert in the B-275.
The circuit itself is implemented using SMD technology, with the components being mounted with a precision of 0,02mm and soldered in an artificial atmosphere using nitrogen, to avoid oxidation of the soldering over time.
The parts are the best possible, resistors being Vishay metalfilm, the transistors being ultrafast and precise types, while the capacitors are conventional leaded capacitors but are Densen custommade film capacitors for the critical parts of the circuit. All critical parts of the B-275 is encapsulated in metal boxes, to minimize interference.
The B-275 sets new standards for preamplifiers, and as Densen’s head honcho Thomas Sillesen states “for many years making superb preamps has always been a difficult task for the worlds high end manufacturers, therefore I am very proud we have been capable of providing discerning audiophiles and musiclovers with such an outstanding performer. I know such a bold statement, will result in the scrutiny of the industry, but we are prepared for that, feeling we have truly made a preamp that can be cherished for many years to come”
specs & Features
- Line inputs: 4 sets + 2 tape loops
- Processor loop (for use with external surround processor)
- Pre-amp outputs: 4 sets for easy connection for easy bi or tri-amping
- power supply size: 2-NRG external powersupply
- Storage capacity: 120.000 uF + 510.000 uF (powersupply)
- Output stage: Output stage pure class-A with zero-feedback
- Internal expansion-ports: 1 for expansion module (fabelDAC, FabelCAST, phono module or surround module)
- Can be used with Analouge surroundboards (5+1 and 7+1)
- Gizmo system remote compatible
- Weight: 8+14 kg
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 440x310x64 mm pr cabinet
- Available in silver with chrome buttons, black with chrome buttons or black with gold buttons
- Designed and Made in Denmark