If you must have the best, then you owe it to yourself to audition the Matisse
Reference Preamplifier. Over 4 years research has gone into making this
a truly natural sounding component, easily standing comparison with
the finest established standards. The technical specifications are of
course superb, but what really counts is the music.
Our no-compromise approach simply lifts the barriers between you and
the performance. Any of our highly select, professional dealers will
welcome the opportunity to demonstrate Matisse with some of your favourite
recordings, either in their studio, or in your home.
Matisse was set up to manufacture state-of-the-art audio products, with
not only excellence in music reproduction, but also high reliability,
attractive design and high quality finish. Matisse products are designed
for long-term enjoyment and pride of ownership.
The Reference Preamplifier is the first of a series of no-compromise
products. A matching Reference power amplifier is at an advanced stage
of development, with other products to follow.
The Matisse Reference Preamplifier is the culmination of over 4 years
research, not only into circuit design, but also into component quality.
The circuit uses 4 valves (tubes), each separately regulated by a matching
external power supply. Moving coil inputs are catered for by a custom
designed MC transformer. All aspects of the design have been maximised
for sound quality, and the preamplifier uses the finest available components,
from fully sw~tched attenuator volume controls to custom non-inductive
wirewound resistors. Even the internal wiring is made exclusively to
The whole design has intrinsic reliability and longevity, ensured by
outstanding build quality and inherently simple design. A stand-by mode
extends tube life, and tubes are included in the 2-year guarantee.
Inputs are available for MM and MC, CD, Tuner, Video, Aux and Tape.
Stage Gain: 30dB (1 00mV in = 3V out)
Distortion: -70dB ref 3V @ 1 KHz (0.03%)
Signal-to-Noise: 92 dB (ref 4V A weighted)
Maximum Output: 200V peak to peak @ 1 MOhm
Frequency Response: 12Hz -100Khz +- 0.2dB Channel Balance: 0.03dB
Input Impedance: 100 KOhm nominal
Output Impedance: 4 KOhm nominal
MM Gain: 58dB
MM Impedance: 47 KOhm
MC Gain: 74dB
MM Impedance: 2S0 Ohm
MC/MM selected by internal switch
Signal to Noise: 75dB (A weighted)
Crosstalk: -74 dB ref 0.5mV input ~ 1~z
Overload: 200 mV ref 1% distortion
POWER AMPLIFIER REQUIREMENTS
You will typically need a high quality power amplifier with adequate
dynamic headroom. 50 W per channel is the minimum likely to produce
satisfactory results. The input impedance of the power amplifier should
exceed 10 K Ohms, and higher impedance is preferable if you wish to
use long cable runs.
The Matisse preamplifier will give you many years of musical pleasure.
We believe that it represents a major step towards the ultimate goal,
creating the illusion of live music.
"I never heard such a sound image in my life . . . the Matisse is
allowed as far as I'm concerned to call itself Reference. I never heard
a better pre-amplifier in my whole life !"
Peter van Wi1lenswaard in HiFi Video
Test (HVT) Holland.