Sunday, April 19, 2009

Preamplifier - dynaco PAT-5

I don't have a lot of "separates" in my collection, but I do have a couple dynaco (yes, the trademarked name has a lower case "d") preamps including this PAT-5 from 1974. I love how you can open up these cases and see the pristine, clean interiors. Since these cabinets are sealed, the insides should look factory-fresh, which is always a nice change from most of the filthy units I have to clean out (one of the joys of collecting). Under the hood, take a gander at the wiring and soldering on these, which were done with skill and great care. I don't have much info on dynaco, but here's a page with plenty of info on dynaco.

How does it sound? This particular unit needed some contact cleaner for the volume, but besides that, it sounded great. Had it hooked up to an Adcom GFA amplifier for a while and it sounded just fine. Sorry - it was over a year ago, so no details on the exact subtleties of sound quality.

If you have any photos or stories about your dynaco PAT-5 preamp, please leave a comment or email me.

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  1. Great to see some interest in the Dynaco line. Currently still use my PAT5, and the Stereo 400 amp along with the FM and equilizer.

  2. I just acquired a beastly ST-410 that's still going strong!



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