PTA Reviews the TAD C1000 Preamplifier (& Friends)


Technical Audio Devices debuted the TAD C1000 preamplifier at Capital Audiofest this past November, and I was excited to be the first in the queue to get my hands on this new piece of kit. But first I’ll offer a little history lesson on this known but relatively unknown brand.

TAD was the in-house R&D department for Pioneer, and in 1975 the division started to create high-end professional speakers. Bart Locanthi provided technical advice, his philosophical goals were that “genuine technology is true to the basics and that genuine technology places greater importance on sound quality than on technology for its own sake.” TAD’s goal was to produce products true to the musicians’ intentions and to deliver “a truly immersive, soul-stirring music-listening experience.”

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