Jaguar has used Doshi Audio gear in our reference system. Like similar components we offer, such as Lamm and EAR, Doshi has a rare level of engineering design that makes it stand out as unique and special.
The Doshi philosophy can be expressed in one word: balance. A balance of classical and cutting-edge technologies, of eastern and western sensibilities, of professional and residential design strengths. Nowhere is this sense of balance more evident than in the Doshi 3.0 Line Preamplifier.
Designed for residential use, The Doshi Line Preamplifier nonetheless takes advantage of sophisticated techniques developed for the recording industry. Based upon legendary studio hardware including Pultec EQs and Universal Audio Compressors, Doshi has developed a transformer-coupled volume control, a technology which helps the Line Preamplifier achieve the highest performance possible. The circuit provides differential, fully isolated floating outputs, thereby eliminating the possibility of ground loops at input or output, and assures absolute freedom from ground noise: an especially important consideration with digital sources.
To meet Doshi’s mandate of design simplicity, they employ a single gain stage, with one ECC99 Dual-Triode Vacuum Tube per channel: the first triode provides gain while the second is used as a “Follower” to minimize output impedance. Thanks to rigorous circuit design, the unit has zero negative feedback, low output impedance and can drive any cable and amplifier load.
The Doshi Linestage includes four differential inputs, each of which can be outfitted with XLR or RCA connectors, tailored to its owner’s needs (Two XLR and Two RCA are Standard). Inputs are relay-switched into a transformer which provides 31 precision steps. Home Theater Bypass is also provided, further augmenting versatility. Two sets of differential isolated outputs—also specified as RCA or XLR to the customer’s desires— and a 12V on/off Trigger complete this preamp’s comprehensive connectivity. Naturally, all functions of the Doshi Line Preamplifier have been placed under the control of an elegantly styled, machined aluminum remote handset.
Behind its sculpted aluminum faceplate, the chassis incorporates Doshi’s Three Stage Decoupling (TM) technology to virtually eliminate the influence of both external and internal resonances upon our circuits’ performance. Inside the chassis, critical audio circuits are point-to-point wired and mounted on an acoustically isolated sub-chassis, all suspended from a ½" thick slab of laser-cut, DuPont Corian which, in turn, floats upon four vibration absorbing feet that are mechanically decoupled from the chassis. While competitors build their enclosures from mild steel and aluminum, Doshi uses extremely strong 14 gauge stainless steel to create a chassis that is mechanically and electrically inert; as a result, the components provide an ideal foundation for performance.
As befits a state-of-the-art product, the Doshi Line Preamplifier includes an oversized power supply housed in a discrete, resonance-controlled chassis. Connected to the Preamplifier via a custom made cable, designed to Doshi’s proprietary specifications, the Power Supply includes a custom-built transformer. Manufactured by Toroid, this transformer has been massively over-specified to prevent resonances that occur when a transformer is run at full capacity. Avant-garde design techniques prevent modulation in the power supply.
The Doshi Line Preamplifier represents the highest level of performance ever achieved in an audio linestage. The product of timeless circuit designs, executed with the finest component parts and uncompromising build quality, for a lifetime investment in musical enjoyment.
Gain: 12db gain
S/N Ratio: over 100db
Tube Complement: 2 ea ECC99 long life driver tubes (one per channel)
Input Impedance: 10 kOhm
Output Impedance: 50 Ohm Typical