PRD-3 High End
Preamplifier/DAC

The Gato Audio PRD-3 preamplifier features low noise analogue circuitry, true 24bit/192Khz conversion, upsampling of the lesser quality and a very clean internal clock generator for ultra low jitter in the digital domain.

Smooth analogue music

The analogue input stage is where everything begins. It not only connects external inputs and the built-in D/A converter with the output stage, it adapts impedances, adjusts levels and switches signals. A super-gentle embrace of the delicate analogue signals is important for the total performance of the preamplifier. At Gato Audio we have utilized our many years of experience in "voicing" analogue amplifiers to make this particular stage perform at its very best. We tuned the input stage to perform with a natural and lifelike sound, affecting the original signal as little as possible.

More than just a Preamp

The built-in D/A converter offers real high end performance, enabled by the use of a dedicated power supply, a balanced-drive Burr-Brown PCM1794 D/A converter, an optimized high bandwidth I/V converter, and an analogue stage with low-Q, low pass filters. All digital inputs are upsampled to 24bit/192kHz. This D/A converter will upgrade any digital source - such as wired or wireless streaming from your computer or CD drive - to a high end level of detail and musical performance.

Versatility and Connectivity

We had our eye on versatility and connectivity when designing this preamplifier. The PRD-3 offers not only a wide range of digital and analogue inputs, but also line outputs, a trigger signal for external power amplifiers, and a configurable home theater input. The HT input can turn the preamplifier into a fixed level preamplifier for use in a surround setup, without compromising the sonic performance.

Features:

  • Built in 24bit/192kHz D/A converter with upsampling
  • Coax and asynchronous USB digital input up to 24bit/192kHz, optical up to 24bit/96kHz
  • Accepts digital streaming directly from Apple iPhone or iPad
  • Two unbalanced and one balanced inputs
  • One unbalanced and two balanced outputs
  • Nonmagnetic enclosure
  • Direct function; enables use in home theater sytems
  • Designed, developed and build in Copenhagen, Denmark

    • Technical stuff

      • Frequency response 20 Hz-100 kHz - 0.5 dB
        Signal to noise ratio > 110 dB
        Line out maximum level 13V balanced, 6,5V unbalanced
        Total Harmonic Distortion < 0,001% pre out
        Input impedance 20 kΩ RCA or 40 kΩ Balanced
        Line output impedance 75 Ω
        Voltage gain 10 dB


        Connectors

        Balanced analogue inputs 1 pair gold plated XLR Neutrik
        Unbalanced analogue inputs 2 pairs of gold plated RCA Stereo
        Digital inputs 1 pc USB type B, 1 pc Toslink, 1 pc RCA
        Balanced analogue outputs 2 pairs gold plated XLR Neutrik
        Unbalanced analogue outputs 1 pair of gold plated RCA Stereo
        Trigger, 12 V 1 pc mini jack


        Size & Power

        Power Requirements 115 VAC/230 VAC, 50 Hz/60 Hz, 30W max
        Power consumption stdb/idle/max < 1W/14W/30W
        Dimensions (WxHxD) 325 x 105 x 420 mm / 12.8 x 4.1 x 16.5"
        Weight 7 kg / 15.4 lb
    • Reviews

      • Gato Audio PRD-3 review

        Hi-fi news, UK
        October 2014

        Original language: English

        Awarded Editors Choice - "Sumptuously designed and engineered, Gato's PRD-3 reminds you what a fascinating place the high-end audio scene is. It's blessed with an engaging blend of strengths in its sophisticated sound quality, which proved increasingly addictive the longer I listened. It's wickedly seductive – and is bound to impress many music lovers searching for sonic finesse..."