Capri

  • Capri Preamplifier

    Fully-balanced architecture, implemented from input to output, maximizes common mode rejection and minimizes signal distortion, eliminating both ground loop noise and EMI.

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Capri Technology

Capri is designed with green technology: It is so cool to the touch that it can be housed in a cabinet with no fear of overheating. A low noise, high-current, regulated switch- mode auto sensing and auto ranging power supply provides Capri with optimum performance at any world-wide mains operating voltage.

The astonishing sonic nimbleness and musical performance of the Capri is made possible by dual TI Burr Brown OPA1632—a fully differential high speed I/O audio amplifier module featuring extreme linearity, super low noise and distortion. As a result, Capri sports the shortest signal path of any JRDG preamplifier ever designed. A fully-balanced architecture, implemented from input to output, maximizes common mode rejection and minimizes signal distortion, eliminating both ground loop noise and EMI.

Capri’s dual-range optically encoded volume control allows a precise gain resolution of 0.5dB, while volume bypass insures compatibility with home theater processors. A quality six-function infrared remote control complements Capri’s front panel operations, while optional phono cards ensure compatibility with vinyl front ends.

Capri Features

Compact elegance

Balanced preamplifier design housed inside a low profile, compact, ultra-low resonance, structurally rigid chassis that is precision-machined from solid blocks of aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum that is completely sealed for trouble-free operation and high RF and EMI isolation. Features an elegant front panel precision-machined and sculpted with a diamond tipped cutting tool.

Universal power supply

Low noise, high-current, dual regulated switch- mode auto sensing and auto ranging power supply provides Capri with optimum performance at any world-wide mains operating voltage.

Core with shortest signal path

The astonishing sonic nimbleness and musical performance of Capri is made possible by the same dual TI Burr Brown OPA1632—fully differential high speed I/O audio amplifier modules--used in the core of the Criterion reference preamplifier. These modules feature extreme linearity, super low noise and distortion. As a result, Capri sports the shortest signal path of any Rowland preamplifier ever for an incredible musical experience.

I/O flexibility

Dual low impedance line-level outputs (80 Ohms balanced, 40 Ohms unbalanced), 48 KOhms balanced and unbalanced inputs, and preamp bypass inputs allow unprecedented compatibility with audio and A/V components, while optional high quality phono cards are available for compatibility with vinyl sources.

Remote control

Six-function remote control transmitter adjusts volume, input selection, mute, and channel balance.

Precision volume adjustments

Dual rate volume control allows precision level adjustments over nearly a 100 dB range. The volume control incorporates a permanently noiseless optical encoder that always maintain its tactile feel, accuracy, and channel balance at all settings. The volume can be adjusted from 0dB to 99.5dB from the volume knob on the front panel, as well as from the 6 function remote control. Rapid turns of the volume control adjust the volume by 1.5dB increments. Slow turns of the control allow for very fine adjustments by 0.5dB increments.

IEC

15 Amp female IEC AC power connector.

Green technology

Modest power consumption of mere 6 Watts permits constant power-up operation to eliminate warm-up time and maximize musical performance, and allows Capri to operate enclosed into an entertainment unit.

Capri Specifications

Overall Gain 14 dB
Gain Range 99.5 dB, 199 Equal Increments
Gain Resolution 0.5 dB, +/-0.03 dB Over Entire Range
Frequency Response 10 Hz - 350 kHz, -3 dB
Maximum Input Level 7 volts RMS at 0 dB Gain
Maximum Output Level 7 volts RMS
THD + Noise Less than 0.001% , 7 volt output, 20-20kHz.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Greater than 100 dB
Output Noise Level 10 Microvolts, Unweighted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz Bandwidth, 0 dB Gain
Common Mode Rejection Ratio >85dB, 20 Hz 20 kHz
Input Impedance 48K Ohms Balanced or Unbalanced
Channel Separation >105 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Inputs 2 x Pair Balanced XLR, 1 x Pair Unbalanced (RCA) Unity Gain (Bypass), 2 x Pair Unbalanced RCA
Outputs 1 x Pair Balanced Line Level, 1 x Pair Unbalanced Line Level
Power Consumption 6 Watts
Weight 9.5 lbs / 4.26 kg
Dimensions 2.6”(H) x 13.7” (W) x 6.2” (D) / 6.7 cm (H)x 35 cm (W) x 15.7 cm (D)

Capri Reviews

Capri Preamplifier

The Jeff Rowland Design Capri is an exceptionally balanced preamplifier. From its sweet and extended treble, through its textured midrange, and down to its pitched, tuneful and deep bass, it delivers a broad and neutral frequency extension. Capri laces authority, dynamics, and transparent resolution with rich harmonics—rarely found in any preamplifier.

The stylish Capri is at home in any superior audio reproduction systems, ranging from space efficient setups for modern living areas to sprawling component configurations in large listening environments. Music lovers are choosing Capri over “cost-no-object” preamplifiers, regardless of underlying technology, because this world class preamplifier, created to exacting JRDG standards, delivers years of refined musical enjoyment at a real world price.