microZOTL 2.0 ... it's baaack - July, 2015
It's back. And more remarkable than ever. Newly configured, this micoZOTL amplifier utilizes David Berning's highly refined no-feedback Class A triode design coupled with his extremely sophisticated ZOTL power supply and impedance conversion circuitry. Currently in production, July, 2015
a personal amplifier
AC / Battery Powered Tube Amp
manufactured from 2000 - 20007
The microZOTL is a new "personal amplifier" that is being introduced for the year 2000. This amplifier uses a 6SN7 tube as a push-pull, Class A output stage, and develops about 1 watt (4 ohms) for each channel. This amplifier was developed to showcase the patented Berning ZH OTL (output transformerless) impedance-conversion technology in a highly affordable product. While originally developed as a small high-quality amplifier for a bedroom or office, it is expected to find applications as a headphone amp (a headphone output is provided), a tweeter amp, or an amp than can adequately power a high-efficiency horn speaker. This amp has a 12-volt input for battery operation, as well as a built-in universal (100VAC-240VAC) input. The price is $750, direct sales only.
Specifications (Typical Performance Values)
- Sensitivity: 0.6V RMS for full output.
- Output impedance (measured at 0.5A, 60 Hz): 2 ohms.
- Input impedance: 50k.
- 100V / 120V / 240V operation: Auto-switching.
- Hum and noise: 60mV RMS or 90dB below full output (20Hz-20kHz).
- Carrier: -50dB (250kHz).
- Current draw from 12V dc source: 2.1A.
- Power consumption from ac power source: 33W.
- Power output with 4-ohm load: 1W, 1% THD.
- Power output with 14-ohm load: 0.5W, 1% THD.
- Channel separation (4-ohm loads): 46dB, 100Hz-10kHz.
- Channel separation (14-ohm loads): 54 dB, 100Hz-10kHz.
- Frequency response (4-ohm load): +0, -1dB 10Hz-20kHz, full power.
- Frequency response (14-ohm load): +0, -1dB 5Hz-50kHz, full power.
- Amplifier class: Push-pull Class A, no feedback.
- Voltage gain (4-ohm load): 10.3dB.
- Voltage gain (14-ohm load): 12.4dB.
- Size: 30.5cm (12 inches) wide, 11.5cm (4.5 inches) high, 14.6cm (5.75 inches) deep, not including connectors, controls and feet. Add 5cm to height and 3cm to depth for these.
- Net weight: 1.8kg (4lb).
- Finish: Aluminum case (colors: blue, red, dark olive-brown) with window.
- Tube complement per channel: 12AT7 input, phase splitter, 6SN7 p-p output.
- Price: US$ 750.00, direct sales only.
- Level control and headphone jack included; battery and recharger not included.
Owners Manual PDF
A personal amplifier. 1 Watt. Line or battery powered. For driving headphones. ZOTL Technology.
microZOTL reviewed by Dick Olsher, enjoythemusic.com, October 2000
"There's undeniably a lot of magic in that little box. ... Just as a lark I plugged [headphones] into the Berning, and I almost fell out of my chair! All of a sudden, resolution and clarity galore! The ugly duckling was instantly transformed into a beautiful swan. Bass lines gained tremendous impact and precision. The midrange snapped into focus as though a thick veil had been lifted from the soundstage..."
microZOTL reviewed by Harvey "Dr. Gizmo" Rosenberg
"[microZOTL] is the best sounding headphone amp I have heard to date."
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