Few monts ago, Boulder Amplifiers rejuvenated its midrange offerings with the introduction of the 300-watt 1160 stereo amplifier, the first product in the brand’s new 1100 series. Now, the brand is especially happy to announce the official release of the 1110 Stereo Preamplifier. The 1110 is the aesthetic and pairing mate to the 1160 Stereo Amplifier and the second product release in the new 1100 Series.
What is it that makes the 1110 Stereo preamplifier so special? It is something rare, an overachiever, a unique combination of reference-level performance and compact, convenient design. It is at once familiar in size and shape and yet completely new in aesthetic design detail. It is the perfect mix of traditional function and cutting-edge technology. Perhaps what makes it so special is that it takes such amazing sight, sound, use, and feel and packs them all into a single chassis.
Multiple technology developments have been borrowed from the 3010 Preamplifier, including a balanced volume attenuator for vanishingly low distortion and noise, and a full-functioned LCD display for ease of use and programming. Five sets of balanced, line-level inputs on XLR connectors are included, as well as a pair of fixed line-level auxiliary outputs.
Each input can be configured for Theater Mode when integrated into home cinema systems. The 1110’s volume control is Boulder’s next generation CMOS actuated stepped volume control.
Also new for the 1110 is the use of a 64-bit, multi-core ARM (Advanced RISC Machine) processor for all supervisory functions, including management of turn-on/turn-off, input selection and user interface, error notification, display driver, web page generation, and HTML- or IP-based external control. The ARM processor will also enable the use of Boulder Net, an IP-based unit-to-unit detection, system layout, control, and communication architecture available to external control systems such as Savant or Crestron and application-based control systems. For units that are network connected, an HTML setup and control page is available by simply entering the preamplifier’s IP address into a browser. If connected to a live Internet feed, the 1110 will also announce when software updates are available and automatically download and install the update when instructed.
Gain stages within the 1110 are Boulder’s proprietary 983, which are unique to the 1100 Series. 983 gain stages feature surface-mount design with machined, board-mounted heatsinking and provide a total of 20 dB of gain with wide bandwidth.
Unique front panel design displays the topographical map of Flagstaff Mountain, located near Boulder, Colorado.
Boulder 1110 Stereo Preamplifier is priced at $21,000 and is already available for purchase.