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Saga S is just like Saga+—without the tube. Like Saga+, Saga S gives you all the uber-high-end, no-compromises features you need in a preamp, including a real relay-switched volume control, a switchable DC-coupled discrete JFET buffer, and a custom remote control.
Saga S: The Solid-State Saga
What is Saga S? It’s simple—it’s basically a Saga+ with a discrete JFET buffer stage in place of the tube stage. We understand some people don’t want to deal with tubes, so we went ahead and made one that was 100% solid state.
It’s Your Choice: Passive or Active
Go ahead. Run Saga S in passive mode for a convenient remote-controlled passive preamp that’s ideal for many systems. If you need to drive long cables, switch it to the discrete, DC-coupled JFET buffer mode.
Easiest Relay-Switched Volume, Ever
The benefits of a relay-switched stepped attenuator for volume are clear. Compared to a potentiometer, they give you essentially perfect channel matching and near-unmeasurable distortion. However, some preamps with relay-stepped attenuators confuse you with buttons and screens. Not Saga S. Saga S has a volume knob that works just like a volume knob—just grab and turn. And if you use the remote control, the motorized potentiometer changes to match the remote setting.
Perfect Companion to Our DACs
Want a remote-controlled system to interface your digital gear with the rest of your system? Stack Saga S and Bifrost (or any other of our DACs) for a true no-compromise remote-controlled system.
Designed and Assembled In USA
By “designed and assembled in USA" this is what we mean: the vast majority of the total production cost of Saga S—chassis, boards, transformers, assembly, etc—goes to US companies manufacturing in the US. Our chassis are made minutes from our facility. Our PCBs are done just over the hill from us, or done in NorCal.
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.2db, 3Hz-400KHz, -3dB
THD: <0.001%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS
IMD: <0.001%, CCIR (active stage)
SNR: >110db, A-weighted, referenced to 1V RMS
Output Impedance: 75 ohms
Maximum Output: >5V RMS
Output Impedance: varies, maximum 4.8 kohms
Both Passive or Active Stage:
Gain: Approximately 1 (0dB) through either passive or active stage
Input Impedance: 10 kohms
Crosstalk: >-75dB, 20Hz-20KHz
Inputs: 5 RCA pairs, selectable via front switch or remote
Outputs: 2 RCA pairs, selectable via front switch or remote
Buffer Stage: Discrete two-JFET buffer with DC offset correction
Volume Control: relay-switched stepped attenuator with discrete thin-film resistors , 64 1dB steps
Power Supply: One 24VA transformer with regulated +/-18V rails, plus 5VDC for microprocessor
Power Consumption: 15W typical
Size: 9"W x6"D x 2"H, plus additional 1.25" H for tube
Weight: 6 lbs