- Written by Jim Clements
- Published on 03 April 2013
Introduction to the Funk LAP-2.V3 Preamplifier
It is becoming increasingly popular for high end audio buffs to use pro studio gear in their home systems. This preamp from a German manufacturer that makes pro gear is in keeping with this trend. As a matter of fact, the literal English translation of their name is "Funk Recording Studio Technology". Will the amazing specs of the Funk Tonstudiotechnik LAP-2.V3 translate into amazing sound?
The Funk Tonstudiotechnik LAP-2.V3 is an unbalanced active preamplifier that provides switching and gain for up to six stereo inputs. The architecture of this unit is based on a buffered matrix switch that operates without mechanical contacts. The manufacturer's stated design goal was to achieve high reliability, long service life and consistent audible performance. This preamplifier was developed from Funk's professional reference monitor systems that are being used in a number of mastering studios.
The manufacturer makes performance claims that put the little LAP-2.V3 in the company of greats. This would be a S/N Ratio of 137.5 dB, THD of 0.0001%, Input Impedance of 2 Mega Ohm and a flat frequency response from 0.5 Hz to 200 kHz. These are specifications at the limits of laboratory grade test gear and are near the theoretical limit of what is possible to achieve regardless of price.
FUNK LAP-2.V3 PREAMPLIFIER SPECIFICATIONS
- Design: Solid State Stereo Preamplifier
- Maximum Voltage Output: 13.8 Volts RMS
- MFR: 1 Hz – 200 kHz ± 0.2 dB
- Inputs: 6 Unbalanced RCA
- Outputs: 2 Pair Unbalanced RCA, 4 Pair Record Out RCA and ¼" Headphone
- Input Impedance: 2 MΩ
- Output Impedance: 62 Ω
- Dimensions: 1.6" H x 8.25" W x 6.7" D
- Weight: 3.3 Pounds
- MSRP: $1,100 USD
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