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Momentum HD Preamplifier

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

DAN D’AGOSTINO Momentum HD Preamplifier

Drive and Detail for All Music The Momentum HD Preamplifier builds on the award-winning platform of the Momentum Preamplifier. The HD status represents the high dynamic and high definition improvements that have been achieved in this substantial upgrade. The initial concept for the Momentum HD input circuitry enhancements started as an engineering exercise that resulted in performance improvements that drove a full development effort. The result is the Momentum HD Preamplifier. Beyond the input stage, the new Momentum HD Preamplifier incorporates advancements in the power supply, audio circuitry, and control sections. Voices are rendered with a lushness and richness that was simply unattainable previously. Dynamic content effortlessly bursts forth with startling energy reminiscent of live music... Balanced Circuits for Maximum Bandwidth. Like the Momentum amplifiers, the Momentum HD Preamplifier uses a complementary balanced circuit topology for maximum bandwidth and low noise. Its audio circuitry is fully discrete, with no op-amps or integrated circuits. A Zero-feedback design assures the most musical sound quality. Volume adjustment is made through a resistor network governed by an optical controller—the cleanest, most transparent possible method of controlling volume.

Detail and Richness Throughout the Musical Range A completely new discrete differential FET input stage features two current sources per leg and an input impedance greater than 1MOhm. This ultra-high input impedance isolates the input stage and thus the entire audio signal path from external variables. This new input stage started as an engineering exercise that delivered exceptional results. Fine-grain detail and delicate musical shadings are rendered with a lushness and richness that were simply unattainable previously.

Striking Dynamics Housed in a separate chassis for maximum isolation, the Momentum HD main power transformer is 33% larger as compared to the original Momentum Preamplifier. A unique winding technology, first employed in the Momentum M400 amplifier, delivers greater power output from the same footprint. Separate supplies power audio and control circuitry, so the control circuits are completely isolated from the audio circuits. Internal circuitry filters RF noise from the AC powerline and compensates for asymmetric power waveforms and DC on the main power line. Taking advantage of the increased power supply capability, the output stages are now operating at a 36% percent higher voltage. The increased output voltage has opened up the dynamics on both the micro and macro level with contrasts striking in their speed. Advanced Remote Control Also new is the Bluetooth technology featured in the included remote control. The Bluetooth backbone extends the range of the remote by a factor of five and eliminates line-of-sight limitations that are inherent in IR remote controls. Newly designed tone and volume control circuitry increases range and precision in both circuits. The styling of the Momentum HD Preamplifier perfectly complements the Momentum M400 and S250 amplifiers, with copper accents matching the amplifiers’ unique copper heat sinks. The meter on the front face of the preamplifier indicates the volume setting, polarity, and mute status. Front selector buttons illuminate indicating which input is active. Existing Momentum Preamplifier owners will be able to upgrade to the new Momentum HD Preamplifier electronics enhancements.


Frequency Response 0.1 Hz to 1 MHz, -1 dB 20Hz to 20 kHz, ±0 dB

Signal-to-Noise Ratio -105 dB, unweighted

Gain +13 dB or +19 dB, switchable

Finish Silver Black Custom Finishes Available Upon Request

Input Impedance 1 MΩ

Output Impedance 10Ω

Power Consumption <1 watt

Distortion (Full output) <0.006%, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

Inputs 6 balanced XLR stereo

Outputs 2 balanced XLR stereo


Dimensions (Preamp) 4.3 x 18 x 12 inches / 10.8 x 45 x 30 cm

Dimensions (Power Supply/Base) 3 x 11 x 8 inches / 7.5 x 27.5 x 20 cm


Product Class Momentum

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