Federal Audio is now exclusively distributing Dizengoff's range of American-made studio components in Australia.
The D4 & DA2 preamps are now being manufactured in Texas in a much bigger facility than before (they used to assembled by hand in Dizengoff (& Black Lion Audio) founder Matt Newport's Chicago living room - thats boutique!).
First up is the D4 - Dizengoff's take on a classic English Console preamp made famous in legendary recordings of the mid-to-late sixties.
The original circuit was designed by the Recording Engineering Development Department as a replacement for the Siemens V72S amp cards used in an earlier British console.
The sound is huge and open–heard on albums recorded by The Beatles, Pink Floyd,
and The Zombies between 1964 and 1968. It has incredible detail, and the kind of wonderful colouration that only an EF86 pentode can deliver. It’s often considered to be the sound of John Lennon’s “Revolution,” which used two console channels in series to achieve an overdriven sound.
Next preamp from Dizengoff's range is the DA2. It’s a tribute to the venerable RCA BA2C tube preamp.
RCA’s BA2C found wide use in film, broadcast, and recording during the 1950’s.
We like to think of it as the “little brother” to the RCA OP6 because they use the same tube.
The DA2 has wonderful headroom, and it packs a nice low-mid wallop. The tone is smooth, warm, and sort of heavy–just what you’d expect from an American tube design of this era.
We've also got two of Dizengoff's D864 Vari-Mu compressors left - these are the last of the Chicago-built models and they're priced-to-go. We won't be seeing the new models out of Texas for another 6 months so don't sleep on these!