GUSTARD P26 Discrete Class A Balanced preamplifier XLR RCA

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Gustard P26 Balanced preamplifier

Class-A Discrete preamplifiers LM49860 - 130dB SNR

Gustard P-26 adjustable preamplifier input gain

Gustard's P16 is an advanced preamplifier / volume controller / souce selector (3 Inputs). It will delight audiophiles looking for a fully balanced circuit with volume control to drive a power amplifier in any demanding audio system.

It offers an innovative option to configure separately the input gain from the output gain. This is a particularly useful feature that allows operation even with devices that have very different specifications.

P26 Gustard operational amplifier LME49860

Audiophile circuit design

This preamplifier has a circuit designed for fully balanced applications. Thus the inputs, the volume control, the preamplification stage are all fully balanced with no conversion stage at all.

It uses two high-performance stereo LME49860 operational-amplifiers mounted on DIP-8 support (removable). The latter can then be renewed / changed in order to adapt the overall sound signature. The amplification stage is hybrid, that is to say it relies on OPA as well as discrete components subcircuits.

The output stages are constructed from discrete components with differential signaling architecture, which ensures excellent stability in output signal.

Analog attenuation

Thanks to a relay matrix driven by a logic circuit ALTERA MAX, the P16 is able to provide a constant and accurate volume on each channel.

This type volume of control combines the best of both worlds with : the precision and finesse of pure analog attenuation as well as the confort of digital control and the ability to change the volume remotely.

Preamp CPLD altera relay analog volume
P 26 preamplifier regulated linear power supply audiophile

Linear regulated power supply

Gustard P26 carry its own linear regulated power supply with high speed low noise rectifier.

It also benefits from a custom ultra-low noise discrete voltage regulator .

The power supply finally uses a 50W toroidal transformer specifically developed for properly supplying this circuit.

A selector on the back of the unit toggles between 230V / 110V power-grids.

Display, front controls and infrared remote control

front view P26 Gustard OLED screen

The P26 comes with an infrared remote control. This remote enables the user to access the volume, mute and source selection functions.
WARNING: In order to operate the remote control, please press and hold the AMP button on the remote control for 4 seconds.

All control are also available on the front panel. An ON / OFF button, a control button to select the source and configure the input / output gain. Finally, a rotary controller is used to adjust the volume level.

The OLED monitor screen shows real-time the active source, the current volume level and the in / out gain parameters.


Gustard Sortie P26 connectique preamp symétrique
AUnbalanced RCA output
BBalanced XLR output
CBalanced XLR Input 2
DBalanced XLR Input 2
EUnbalanced RCA Input
F230V/110V selector
GIEC Socket (AC IN)

P16 has two balanced inputs on XLR stereo ports and one unbalanced input (stereo RCA).

one RCA stereo output and one XLR stereo output are used to connect the P26 to a balanced or unbalanced amplifier.

Volume Control
Gain ControlIndependent input gain / output gain control
Output impedanceXLR: 100Ω
RCA: 100Ω
Maximum Output LevelRCA: 9.5Vrms
XLR: 19Vrms (+ dBu)
ClassAC 115V / 230V 50 / 60Hz (manual adjustment).
AOP2x dual op amp LM49860
Mounted on DIP8 stand (replacable)
InputsBalanced XLR x 2
Unbalanced RCA x1
OutputsBalanced XLR x1
Unbalanced RCA x1
THD + N< 0.00035% 20-22kHzBW @ 18dBu (gain In) 18dBu (gain Out)
Channel crosstalk-130dB @ 20-20KHz
Frequency response20-20KHz /+-0.1dB
Remote controlYes
Power consumptionLess than 20W
Power supplyAC 115V / 230V 50 / 60Hz (manual adjustment).
DimensionsWidth 330 x Length 260 x Height 65mm
Data sheet
ClassClass A / AB
Remote ControlYes

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Aération, précision et profondeur c'est ce que l'on gagne avec cet appareil. Les vinyles revivent avec un préampli phono Micromega.
Bonne complicité avec le Dac X16 de la même marque et la connexion XLR. Le volume peut être réglé très finement grâce à l'affichage.
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I forgot to mention that I use it with a Denafrips Ares 2 DAC . Regards Paul
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Hi there , a very good sounding preamp for a reasanable amount of money and fully balanced . This store is a present from heaven for me . Thank you for your patience with me . Regards Paul
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une perle rare , un RQP HORS NORMES.
J'ai osé placer ce préampli au coeur d'un système dont les éléments valent trois fois son prix. Et bien quelle surprise de l'écouter chanter au même niveau. De par sa transparence , sa neutralité et son silence de fonctionnement, ce préampli fait curieusement penser à un modèle passif.
l'image est large, il y a de l'air entre les pupitres. Il faut cependant bien lui laisser une période de "réveil" ou rôdage comme vous l'entendez. Il chauffe beaucoup pour un préampli, bien le laisser aéré est quasi indispensable. lui laisser le temps d'arriver à pleine temporisation sera également un plus musical. En conclusion : une petite merveille INCONTOURNABLE pour son prix.
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Très très bon préamp !
Droit, dynamique, silencieux. Si vous recherchez un modèle pour réchauffer un peu votre son, celui-ci n'est pas fait pour vous.
Si, en revanche, vous voulez de la dynamique, de la transparence, du silence et du gain, alors oui, considérez le P26 comme un excellent choix.
En entrée Pré In de mon PSE 300ß, le mariage est superbe !
De plus, il est beau, bien fini, de taille intermédiaire, la réception IR très réactive, l'écran OLED jamais éblouissant.
Bref, superbe pour un prix très abordable.
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