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Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
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Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Review
Set Up and Listening
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Interview with Tisbury Audio's Wes Young

First, can you tell our readers about how Tisbury Audio got started, and a bit about your background in HiFi?

I’ve always had a love of hifi and have been building amplifiers and studying their design since my teens. Tisbury Audio got started when I built a simple passive preamp for my system. I couldn’t find anything affordable and of good quality, so as a hobby I started building preamps and selling them on eBay. After a few generations of improvements, they’d built quite a strong following and I was able to quit my day job and work on Tisbury Audio full time.

What are your feelings about the benefits or advantages of using a passive "preamp" or controller over an active preamp?

Most modern sources are standardised to at least 2 volts output, which is more than enough to drive most power amps directly. In this case, an active preamp results in excessive gain which must be reduced again by keeping the volume control low. A passive preamp is often much better suited to this job and makes it much easier to get optimum levels without throwing away any of the signal. Combine this with a high quality stepped attenuator and it’s easy to see how they can improve the sound quality.

Can you tell us about any future products and your long term vision for Tisbury Audio is?

Our goal is to steadily build a whole range of hifi products that are excellent quality, made in the UK and very affordable. We’ve just released our first headphone amplifier and are currently working on its little brother.


Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Preamplifier: £135 (GBP) / ~ $225 (USD)
Multiple Configurations Available
30 Day In Home Trial

Review System 1

CD Transport: Musical Fidelity M1 CDT
Server: SOtM Mini Server w/ battery power supply
DAC: Simaudio Neo 308D
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Headphone Amp: Pro-Ject Head Box II
Headphones: Grado SR60
Preamp: Channel Islands Audio PLC-1 MkII
Amplifier: Audio Research VS 55, CLONES Audio 25p
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4
Cables:  Stager Silver Solids, Darwin The Truth (IC), Transparent  MM2 Super (IC), Transparent Plus (Speaker) Acoustic Zen Tsunami II (AC),Transparent (AC).Shunyata Venom (AC) Element Cable Red Storm (Digital AC), DH Labs USB (USB)
 Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks and Svelte Shelves, Shakti Stone, Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner, Salamander rack

Review System 2

CD Player: Marantz PM5004
Music Server: Simaudio MiND 180 via Ethernet to
MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate external drives.
DAC: Musical Fidelity A90, Bryston BDA-1
Integrated Amplifier: McIntosh  MA6600, PM5004
Tape Deck: Sony TC-350
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3, Axis Voice Box
Cables: Darwin Cables Silver IC, Kimber Hero HB,Transparent MusicWave (Speaker), PS Audio (AC), Mojo Audio (AC), DH Labs AES/EBU & Toslink,
Accessories:Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Sound Anchors Stands, Wiremold


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