Hattor Audio preamps?

Got my eye on one of these. And yes, my system is passive friendly. I've had resistor based passives before, as well as transformer, autoformer and LDR preamps. So I know I like the sound quality which can be had with a passive. Anyone out there have any experience with the Hattor stuff?




I still own two of the Big Preamps and more recently had Arek make a custom Khozmo dual-mono passive using his best Amtrans AMRG resistors and volume control from the Hattor, upgraded connectors, and only a single input and output (i.e., no switching) that I use to remote control the volume and provide a display into my solid state, unity-gain buffer.

The Big Preamp is IMO hard to beat for the money and for what you get wrt the volume control, remote, display, balance, connectivity (RCA and XLR), flexibility (i.e., passive vs. active with variable/switchable gain), and of course sound quality.  I also owned the Hattor Tube Active Stage, which is quite nice as an option to their op-amp active stage (my Hattor preamps have the NewClassD op-amps).

Do you have specific questions?


Not sure how I responded to the wrong member but my post below from earlier today was intended for you.  Hattor’s The Big Preamp is a very good sounding preamp and a great value.  Let us know if you have any specific questions.

I appreciate the replies!

My current situation:

I have a new 3 stage 300b amp from Radu Tarta. It is amazing! The catch is that it doesn't need my Radu 26 DHT preamp infront of it. So I'm looking at going the passive route. I currently have a Luminous Audio Axiom w/ Walker mods on loan from an audio buddy. It's great! With the exception that I miss the body that the DHT preamp adds to the system. The Axiom for lack of better terms sound detailed and quick but that midrange warmth is tough to lose. 

I have a Django TVC that will be here Monday and I've been talking with Arek about a Khozmo withers the AMRG and the opamp added so I can have the gain if needed down the road. 


My question is will I get more body to the sound with the TVC or the higher end Khozmo? I love all of the positives that come with the Axiom though.