Allnic Audio L-8500 OTL/OCL Preamplifier Review

May 4, 2021 § Leave a comment

I recently received a care package of wonderful ESOTERIC SACD remasters from American Sound in Toronto, incl. a famous Boston/DG recording of Má vlast by Smetana conducted by Rafael Kubelík. It was during the many replays of this set of tone poems when I realized that I had fallen in love with the OTL/OCL’s replication of instruments. Vinyl gives the search for accurate timbre a huge helping hand, digital much less so. The 8500 spun the bits into liquid gold. Accurate, sure, but with with timbres so full of life and passion that its sound became, to use Allnic’s word, ‘addictive’. Frigging catnip for my ears. The OTL/OCL topology was winning me over. Although missing the very last 10% of the DHT’s manipulating magic or the vistas set free by the 7000, I kept throwing the L-8500 OTL/OCL into the mix. And, when replaced by the L-7000, I’d be sitting away from the system and the 8500’s sound would keep popping into my head. It felt like an illicit affair.

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