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ANK Audiokits L2 Line+Phono Pre-Amplifier
Successor to the original Audio Note Pre-Aplifier Kit (and formerly called the M2 Pre-Amplifier Kit)

Audio Note L2 Line Preamplifier

Inside the L2 Pre-Amplifier

ANK Audiokits newly enhanced L2 Line/Phono Pre-amp is now available with added extender kit/shielded cable for ultra short wiring and dead quiet operation - The L2 Line-only version can be found here.

We are pleased to announce our newly enhanced ANK Audiokits L2 Line/Phono Pre-amplifier using the Tube rectified/tube regulated M2 Power supply (6X5/ECL82) along with a dual 12AU7 Line Stage which can be hard-wired or PCB along with the newly designed L2 Phono Stage (12AX7 / 12AU7).

This pre-amplifier is ideal for DIY builders looking for a top of the line classic tube Audio Kit.

The features are numerous including:

The new L2 Phono Stage designed by Andy Grove yields a perfect RIAA curve using a 12AX7 input and 12AU7 output (optional output tube available in a 6922/6DJ8 configuration).

Click here to view a low resolution/fast download version of the L2 Pre-amplifier Construction Manual.

Control Options

We are shipping the kit with a Noble Pot and a little PCB which makes for easy connection - A number of customers have wanted to use more exotic stepped attenuators, balance controls, along with stereo and mono controls.

It is possible to fit either one stereo or two mono potentiometers to the L3 Line Pre-amplifier - the choice is yours and we have the correct front panel to accomodate either configuration.

A number of makes are available to you including Goldpoint and DACT etc. (amongst others). The pictures below show Goldpoint and DACT stepped attenuators.

2x Goldpoint mono stepped attenuators
Goldpoint stereo stepped attenuator


DACT stereo stepped attenuator

General Specification

Inputs 1xPhono Input and up to 5 additional line level inputs
Outputs Two sets of Main outputs
Controls Volume and 6-position selector switch
Chassis Dimensions 15" wide, 16" back to front, 5.75" height including height from floor
Phono Stage Gain 55db (Note Phono signal travels through phono & Line stage for total gain of 55db)
Input Overload 300mv
Input Impedence 47K ohms ( adjustable )
Noise 54db
Line Stage Gain 23db
Input Impedence 100K
Output Impedence 3K ohms
Total Harmonic Distortion 0.2% @ 1V output
Noise 88db

Generalized Phono Stage Schematic (one channel)

Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter Offer

AudioNote Kits is now able to offer a good quality auto-ranging digital multimeter that you can use to test your kit during and after the build. Along with the test CD's that we provide with the kits, you will be able to do accurate DC, AC and resistance checks with your multimeter optionally supplied with the kit to assure a correctly working unit.

The unit is very easy to use with a simple click to change from AC to DC to ohms and we will explain how to use the meter in the documentation. Please enquire about one if you don't already own a meter.

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L2 Line+Phono Pre-Amplifier $1,825(USD)

The standard version includes the following:

Beyschlag Resistors
Rubycon Electrolytics
3mm Aluminum chassis
3mm PCB's
Stainless steel hardware
AN gold brass knobs
Gold RCA's
ELMA selector
High Quality Audio Note Mains and CHOKE
Compete set of tubes
Twisted cables

L2 Line Pre-amplifier Reduced Component Set Signature Version Enquire

The signature version is supplied with a reduced component set and you should then order a discounted upgrade package from Parts Connexion. See the following link:

  Parts Connexion upgrade package

You can purchase the L3 Pre-ampliifer direct in our SHOP here.

What customers are saying about the L2 Pre-Amplifier Kit

"I had been a kit builder many years ago and had done an MK3 Dynaco with its short 12 page kit setup manual; But your manual with 88 pages of step by step instructions and photos JUST SIMPLY BLEW ME AWAY. I was so impressed about it that I ran off a copy for my own personal knowledge and so I can study it alot without being tied to the computer screen."

Don Curry

"The kit looks wonderful! And also documentation is very detailed! (must be loads of work!) And I really must make you and AN a compliment because it all looks stunning!"

Erik Snip

Paul Hopkins comments after installing the L2 phono stage board into his existing L2 pre-amplifier...

"The L2 phono stage is installed and operating flawlessly. Still messing around with it a little and letting it break in some before evaluation, but my early thoughts are excellent ones."

Paul Hopkins

...The preamp is sounding superb and is very quiet, no audible hum or buzz. What I noticed at first listen was the bass weight this preamp provides. The bass is very deep and tight and provides a great foundation for the music. I thought my speakers were fairly good, but now I think I'm hearing their full potential for the first time. The sound is very balanced top to bottom, images are large and nicely positioned in the sound stage and the soundstage is also wide and deep. The dynamics are perfect and there is a certain cohesiveness to the music that is hard to describe. I think maybe the top notch parts and the power supply of this preamp have plenty to say about the sound...

Paul Hopkins

Once I turned on the L2 pre-amplifier, I was amazed by a far more open sound stage, all instruments and voices were well balanced and clearly defined. Sound waves were floating in the air, adding another dimension. The sound was much more detailed and clear, almost pristine. The bass was more tight and focused and the tweeters came alive under the jazz brushes: I never heard them so clearly. Clarity, details and a warmish side characterize this product. Musically, it was fascinating to hear the music I'm used to and discover the details I missed before. I was unable to turn the power off for hours, the sound was so sweet, no harsh or metallic aspects, just flawless in every detail and very well equilibrated.

There is absolutely no hum when both volume pots of the amplifier and the pre-amplifier are turned towards maximum. The cosmetic of this product is also really pleasant, thanks to Brian for consistently improving and refining his kit products.

Igor Bilot

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