nothing about it on his site... what up? tubed? ss? hybrid? got any details??
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It's mentioned on the Oritek Audio site, but just barely. You have to look for it. I believe that it is solid-state, and the DAC is similiar to the separate DAC that he sells. It has a remote, an Alps volume control, 2 digital and 2 analog inputs. I believe one of the key components of its sound is its simplicity. I've not heard the Monarchy, but at home I use the aforementioned preamp with an APL 3910. I'm looking forward to comparing them at home.
I just hooked up my Oritek preamp/DAC(It's called OMZ/DAC.). One thing overlooked in my initial listening session was how much you move to the music with his OMZ/DAC. This is before I've sorted out the wires or plugged it into the recommended power conditioner(In my case, just a standard one.). I've been warned not to go over the top. Some people kindly call it enthusiasm. The Audio magazines would have you believe that cheaper is worse than more expensive. Not in all cases, but that's the impression they leave. This preamp/DAC has shown the door to $3,000 and $4,000 preamps. I can't envision me going back to my $3,000 preamp and $2,500 cd player, although I will try to run it by my cd player designer. For those who are financially limited, get this while you can. You can easily play with(or beat) much bigger fish.
I have one of the few that seem to be out there and it's absolutely brilliant sounding. It is the ONE piece (aside from my speakers) that I would NEVER replace unless something "revolutionary" came out that could replace it. I'm sure there are other options that may "rival" it, but replace it?...I don't think so.