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 know you and @mitch2 have Aric Audio amps and Hattor preamps"

@ozzy62 has Aric Audio amps but not me.  I have a pair of 650wpc monoblocks made by SMc Audio using formerly McCormack DNA-1 amps as a starting point.  Actually, I believe the only parts used from the DNA-1s were the chassis and heatsinks!  Mine are the black pair at the bottom of the first grouping of pictures on the home page.  

Although my custom built Khozmo volume controller is passive, I send the signal thorugh a unity gain buffer based on SMc's VRE-1 preamp circuit.  My system is basically the opposite of Ozzy's system that uses high sensitivity speakers and tube amps.


Oh my goodness. Apologies @mitch2. This entire time while reading this thread I had you mixed up with another member who has a somewhat similar user name, but was helpful when discussing Aric Audio and Tannoys in a private conversation many months ago. @ozzy62 thank you for the candid response. Very helpful!

No apology necessary.  Just wanted you to understand that what I hear in my system could be very different than what somebody hears in a system using low-powered tube amps with high efficiency speakers. 

I loved my Hattor passive The Big (dual mono), but sold it as I got a great deal on a Audio Alchemy DDP -1, dac/pre (see Absolute Sound review (March 2016. Later I purchased the optional PS 5 outboard PZ which is an amazing addition

FYI: Hattor offers a input board for it

I own 3 of his KHOZMO DUAL MONO and I own 2 of his HATTOR WITH ACTIVE AND PASSIVE CHASSIS HE CALLS IT the big HATTOR preamp with the full on best packages on both active and passive….I Took it one giant step forward  and replaced all the capacitors in the active with DUELUND and I really cannot express in words the level I’m at now ….the 25K level…..that’s all ill  say…..you will have to raise the roof on the active to accommodate the duelunds but it’s easy just get longer screws and spacers and you don’t even notice it when on shelf….TELEFUNKEN TUBES ARE AWESOME IN IT ALSO…IF YOU DONT feel,like raising the roof the next best musically is the V-caps CuTF CAPS THEY JUST TAKE LONGER to break in if you don’t believe duelund or v- cap are the best ….well….. that’s ok …..