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Harman Kardon Citation 1

Stereophonic Preamplifier Control Center

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Harman Kardon Citation 1


The Harman Kardon Citation I stereo preamplifier represents the culmination of extensive research and experimentation. The keynote is unparalleled performance, and no compromise has been made in the design of this magnificent instrument.

Every feature demanded by the professional has been incorporated, and several new ones added. Each is important to the proper operation of your system.

Features include separate Bass and Treble step type tone controls for each channel. The controls are completely out of the circuit when in the flat position to eliminate phase shift and transient distortion inherent in all tone controls. Special treble cut contains scratch filter for sharp roll-off without ringing.

Each amplification stage is flat over an extremely wide range and is surrounded with a feedback loop, resulting in unmeasurable distortion and phase shift.

All operating controls arranged in logical grouping to facilitate operation.


Frequency response: 5Hz to 80kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.05%

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 100mV (ceramic), 200mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 85dB (line)

Output: 300mV (line), 2V (Pre out)

Valve complement: 9 x ECC83/12AX7, 5 x ECC81/12AT7

Dimensions: 14-7/8 x 12-1/4 x 6 inches

Weight: 23lbs

Finish: charcoal brown and gold

Accessories: optional walnut enclosure



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Reviewed Feb 20th, 2014 by nl393a

The phono section of the Citation I has, in my opinion, the best sound stage. I could just keep listening for hours on end without fatique. It sounds good with rock, classical, jazz, instrumental, vocals (I even tried an opera album on it, and it sounded fabulous). If you ever see a Citation I on ebay, grab it, please (before someone else does)!



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