The 3000 Series and thus the Boulder 3010 Preamplifier have become synonymous with the ultimate in sound quality; a level of performance reserved for only the finest audio systems in the world. But traditional thought says that the more features and functions added to a preamplifier, the more of an affect they have on sound, right?

In the 3010 Boulder’s engineers have proven traditional wisdom wrong and achieved something monumental. The 3010 is easily the greatest performing preamplifier in the history of the company. It’s also the most flexible preamp we’ve ever designed. Which very likely makes it the finest preamplifier available.


  • Matched, dual-phase 993SD gain stage improves thermal tracking and optimizes ground

  • Variable Blend control allows recordings with hard-panned images or mono LPs played with stereo cartridges to create a stable center image

  • Ethernet connection downloads future software updates and connects to IP-based home control systems

  • Three balanced outputs can be operated independently for multiple zones or together for bi- or tri-amplification

  • Boulder's own fully-balanced volume control significantly reduces distortion and step noise

  • Programmable Soft mode temporarily reduces output to levels suitable for conversation

  • Independent, real-time controls to adjust gain on all active inputs and outputs

  • Separate enclosures for left and right analog sections keep all control and power circuitry from affecting sound

  • Large, full-color, 14.9-inch (38 cm) LCD display clearly indicates all controls, settings, and audio paths

  • Network browser control of all preamplifier functions

  • Separate power supply chassis with individual supplies for left channel, right channel, preamp control, and low-power Standby mode

  • HTML page to program setup preferences, input and output options, and custom input and output names

  • Programmable Theater Mode enables seamless use in home cinema systems

  • OpenHome compatibility for use in network controlled and distributed home A/V systems

  • Low power consumption Standby mode is compatible with all energy efficiency requirements


  • Balanced Inputs

    6 via 3-pin XLR

  • Balanced Outputs, Dual

    3 via 3-pin XLR

  • Auxiliary Balanced Output

    1 via 3-pin XLR

  • Maximum Input Level

    7 Vrms

  • Maximum Output Level

    28 Vrms

  • THD+N, 2V Output, 20 Hz to 5 kHz

    0.0008% (-102 dB)

  • THD+N, 2V Output at 20 kHz

    0.001% (-100 dB)

  • Maximum Voltage Gain

    20 dB

  • Volume Range

    100 dB

  • Volume Steps

    0.1, 0.5, 1.0 dB ± 0.01 dB

  • Auxiliary Path Gain

    -1 dB

  • Frequency Response, 20 Hz to 5 kHz

    +0.00, -0.03 dB

  • Frequency response, -3 dB

    0.02 Hz & 300 kHz

  • Input Impedance

    333kΩ, Balanced

  • Output Impedance

    100Ω, Balanced

  • Power Requirements

    90-120V / 200-240V, 50 - 60 Hz

  • Power Consumption

    240W Maximum

  • Preamplifier Chassis Dimensions

    19” (48.25 cm) W x 18” (45.75 cm) D x 9.25” (23.5 cm) H

  • Preamplifier Chassis Weight

    78 lbs. (35.4 kg)

  • Power Supply Chassis Dimensions

    19” (48.25 cm) W x 18” (45.75 cm) D x 5.1” (13 cm) H

  • Power Supply Chassis Weight

    45 lbs. (20.4 kg)

  • Shipping Dimensions

    27” (68.6 cm) W x 33” (83.8 cm) D x 26” (66.1 cm) H

  • Shipping Weight

    235 lbs. (106.6 kg)