Tortuga Audio LDR1B.V25 Passive Preamp

Tortuga Audio LDR1B.V25 Passive Preamp

Located in Cape Coral, Florida, USA, Tortuga Audio is known for making well-regarded, hand- crafted, high-end passive preamplifiers–using LDR (light dependent resistor) technology for volume control. It’s owner/designer is Morten Sissener, who started the company 5 years ago. The word ‘tortuga’ translates from Spanish as ‘turtle’, hence explaining Tortuga Audio’s cute green logo of a sea turtle wearing headphones.

I must admit that turtles have fascinated me since childhood. Perhaps the closest living relative of the dinosaurs, turtles are reptiles that are remarkably resilient, have long life spans—and they can hibernate. As a child, I had many different species as pets in the late 1960s and early 1970s, from the common red-eared slider to an alligator snapping turtle, an African sidekick turtle, and even an Australian snake-necked turtle. At its height, my collection of live turtles easily reached over 30. (How and why my parents allowed this is a mystery—I even had an alligator at one point.)

Many of my turtles were eventually donated to zoos and museums that kept live animals. To this day, although I no longer have any live turtles, I keep a variety of turtle trinkets and art work scattered about my apartment, collected over decades.

VPI Avenger Reference Turntable Footers

VPI Avenger Reference Turntable Footers

Having just finished the VPI Avenger Reference turntable review I was aware that the company had several upgrades that supposedly would make appreciable sonic improvements to the Avenger’s already stunning performance. I found the Avenger so good, it is now my reference.  Yet three weeks later I am trying to improve it. 

I requested a set of three footers (USD$1000) from VPI. Mat Weisfeld, President of VPI soon had them at my door. I balked a little at the price and he suggested at least trying them and decide if they were worth it. I withheld my skepticism ‘till serious auditioning took place. 

I removed the standard footers and replaced them with the Reference Footers, a simple and intuitive thing to do, and started to play some records. One of the things I liked about the Footers was the large, knurled leveling rings. They made the process of leveling the table much easier.