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Tandberg TCA-3038a Solid State Preamp with Phono, Made in Norway

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Tandberg Tca-3038A Solid State Preamp With Phono Made In Norway Preamplifier

Tandberg TCA-3038a Solid State Preamp with Phono, Made in Norway

SkyFi 479

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479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


The Tandberg 3000 series had an "early" and "later" model lineup. The "later" (including this preamp) has a hard-wired power cord and more advanced electronics - but all work super well together. 

The TCA-3038a is a full featured preamp including a phono stage to connect your turntable. Best of all it has both MC (Moving Coil) and MM (Moving Magnet) inputs giving you ultimate flexibility as your cartridge tastes evolve.  It even has a high quality headphone amp capable of driving most headphones with ease.  There are treble and bass controls and a single button used to defeat them if you're a purist.  The loudness circuitry allows you to modify the equalization curve better suited for listening to music at a lower volume late at night, while retaining the full range impact.  Separate listen (program) and record buttons let you scroll through the various inputs.

It has a very sleek and attractive black aluminum anodized finish, with sleek Scandinavian design elements that will look the part in both a vintage 80/90's or modern system.  And a unique bottom feet configuration makes stacking other 3000 series components a dream. 

Condition is good with only a few light scuffs or scratches.  Very presentable and great condition with respect to its age.

Fully tested in our lab where it performed without excessive noise or static of any sort, well within manufacturers specifications.

In the listening room this amp sounded glorious when paired with the matching TPA-3006a amplifier we also have available for purchase on our website.  Super quiet and truthful!


Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.04%

Input sensitivity: 1.5mV (MM), 60mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 75dB (MM), 85dB (line)

Dimensions: 435 x 350 x 83mm

Weight: 4.9kg

Year: 1994

More detailed technical info is also available via this link (PDF)

Please click here for detailed specifics regarding our specialized packing process that separates us from the rest.



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SKU: 100224