Preamplifiers

McIntosh D100 Digital Preamplifier

November 27, 2014
McIntosh D100 Digital Preamplifier

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the McIntosh D100 digital preamplifier ($2,500) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “This appliance is dedicated to those that love McIntosh and want to have a DAC perfectly integrated as for the aesthetics and also 100% compatible with the other devices. It is suggested to all those that...
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Ayre Acoustics KX-R Twenty Line Preamplifier

November 26, 2014
Ayre Acoustics KX-R Twenty Line Preamplifier

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Ayre Acoustics KX-R Twenty line preamplifier ($27,500) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Reviewing superbly engineered solid-state preamplifiers can be time consuming. All of the first-order sonic attributes—frequency balance, linearity, lack of coloration, etc.—are beyond reproach, which means one needs to focus on such higher-order qualities as the...
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Eclipse TD TD725swMk2 Subwoofer

November 25, 2014
Eclipse TD TD725swMk2 Subwoofer

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Eclipse TD TD725swMk2 subwoofer (£5100) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The Eclipse TD TD725swMk2 turns the loudspeaker world on its head. In most cases, integrating a subwoofer into a two-channel system means hoping that the sub can keep up with the main speakers. But with the TD725swMk2...
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Simaudio Moon 380D Preamplifier-DAC and 330A Power Amplifier

November 23, 2014
Simaudio Moon 380D Preamplifier-DAC and 330A Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon 380D preamplifier-DAC (£4600) and 330A power amplifier (£2800). Their conclusions: “Such is this combo’s even-handed nature when reproducing any type of music it’s difficult to criticise it – unless, that is, you crave romantic euphony and/or specifically need a more powerful...
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Siltech SAGA Amplification System

November 23, 2014
Siltech SAGA Amplification System

Hi-Fi News and Record review has posted a review of the Siltech SAGA amplification system Siltech SAGA (£85,000). Their conclusions: “Intriguing and unique in its design concept, this is the sort of product that makes audio such an utterly fascinating hobby, proving there’s so much more to be discovered. The SAGA’s calm, unfussy sound...
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Musical Fidelity M8PRE Preamplifier and M8700m Monoblock Amplifiers

November 22, 2014
Musical Fidelity M8PRE Preamplifier and M8700m Monoblock Amplifiers

Hi-Fi news and Record Review has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity M8PRE preamplifier (£3500) and M8700m monoblock amplifiers(£8000/pair). Their conclusions: “This powerful and refined pre/power combo tracks dynamic swings in recordings with consummate ease. And given the eye-watering cost of today’s ultra-high-end amplifiers these M8 components can be counted a relative ‘bargain’.”...
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Audio Research LS17 SE Preamplifier

November 19, 2014
Audio Research LS17 SE Preamplifier

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the Audio Research LS17 SE preamplifier ($5500) at 10 Audio. His conclusions: “The combination of huge dynamics and low distortion has a predictable effect: you turn up the volume. Your neighbors might complain and the indigenous wildlife scatter, but the LS17 SE offers a very entertaining presentation...
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Aaron No. 22 Cineast Preamplifier and No. 3 Millennium Power Amplifier

November 18, 2014
Aaron No. 22 Cineast Preamplifier and No. 3 Millennium Power Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Aaron No. 22 Cineast preamplifier (€2590) and No. 3 Millennium power amplifier (€2590) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “My concern here is people will miss out. Audiophiles will see the word ‘Cineast’, see those six channel inputs and outputs and jump to the wrong conclusion. Like the...
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Constellation Virgo Preamplifier and Centaur Monoblock Power Amplifiers

November 15, 2014
Constellation Virgo Preamplifier and Centaur Monoblock Power Amplifiers

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Constellation Virgo preamplifier (£19,000) and Centaur monoblock power amplifiers (£53,500). Their conclusions: “The price is forbidding, the size off-putting, the preamp ergonomics the antithesis of ‘real-time’, tactile rotaries. But what you’ll hear is as close to the source as it gets. A notable...
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Quad Platinum DMP Preamplifier-DAC-CD Player and Mono Power Amplifiers

November 14, 2014
Quad Platinum DMP Preamplifier-DAC-CD Player and Mono Power Amplifiers

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Quad Platinum DMP preamplifier-DAC-CD player (£2500) and Mono monoblock power amplifiers (£5000/pair). Their conclusions: “By virtue of the Monos’ ease with our Wilson Sophias, the lack of drama with the DMP’s faultless segue from CD to iTunes to iPlayer, and with prices nowhere...
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TAD C600 Preamplifier and M600 Power Amplifier

November 13, 2014
TAD C600 Preamplifier and M600 Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the TAD C600 preamplifier (£27,000) and M600 power amplifier (£52,000/pair). Their conclusions: “These hand-crafted amplifiers are immaculately finished and fully deserving of their price tags. Striking a near-perfect balance between explicit ‘studio monitoring’ and home hi-fi ‘musicality’, they should be on any audiophile’s dream...
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YBA Passion Pre 550 Preamplifier and Passion Amp 650 Power Amplifier

November 7, 2014
YBA Passion Pre 550 Preamplifier and Passion Amp 650 Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the BA Passion Pre 550 preamplifier (~€6250) and Passion Amp 650 power amplifier (~€5000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The French system looks great, the workmanship is perfect and it comes from a “cult” audio manufacturer. It employs best quality passive and active electronic components. The preamplifier...
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Mark Levinson No. 52 Preamplifier

November 7, 2014
Mark Levinson No. 52 Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Mark Levinson No. 52 preamplifier ($30,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Although over the years I have been using a tube preamplifier, and not without a reason, the Mark Levinson would be a valuable upgrade to my audio system. It has beautiful tonal quality, exemplary dynamics...
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Luxman C-900u Preamplifier

November 1, 2014
Luxman C-900u Preamplifier

Doug Schneider has posted a review of the Luxman C-900u preamplifier ($19,900) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “I absolutely loved the Luxman C-900u. In my estimation, it’s a preamp for the ages — and perhaps in a decade or two, it will have proven to be another classic from Luxman that will still be...
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Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 Loudspeaker System

October 29, 2014
Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 Loudspeaker System

Thomas J. Norton has posted a review of the Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 loudspeaker system ($4300) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “It did take a little work to get the B&Ws to sing in my room, but when they did, I was very impressed by what I heard. The HTM61 S2 center...
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PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Preamplifier

October 21, 2014
PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium preamplifier ($3199) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The DiaLogue Premium preamplifier offers incredible sound and value for $3,199. If I were building a system in the $20 – $50k range, I can’t imagine needing to spend more than this for a linestage, provided you...
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Pearl Audio Aries Preamplifier and Taurus Power Amplifier

October 20, 2014
Pearl Audio Aries Preamplifier and Taurus Power Amplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Pearl Audio Aries preamplifier (€3500) and Taurus power amplifier (€5500) at 6moons. His conclusions: “In closing, the Aries and Taurus from Athens weren’t massaged according to standards educated by audiophile recordings. They’ve been voiced in concert with live sound of the non-symphonic non-chamber music persuasion. If...
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Townshend Audio Allegri Autotransformer Preamplifier

October 17, 2014
Townshend Audio Allegri Autotransformer Preamplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Townshend Audio Allegri auto-transformer preamplifier (£1895) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Highly recommended? Hell, things like the Townshend Allegri don’t come along that often. If you like music, you will like the Allegri. It’s that simple.” You can read the full review here.
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Abyssound ASP-1000 Preamplifier and ASX-2000 Power Amplifier

October 16, 2014
Abyssound ASP-1000 Preamplifier and ASX-2000 Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Abyssound ASP-1000 preamplifier (~€4500) and ASX-2000 power amplifier (~€9250) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The amplifier will simply point it out and emphasize. If anything, it is better to combine it with something warmer and calmer. The Abyssound will handle it just perfectly. All in all,...
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B.M.C. Audio BDCD1.1 CD Player and DAC1PreHR Preamplifier-DAC

October 13, 2014
B.M.C. Audio BDCD1.1 CD Player and DAC1PreHR Preamplifier-DAC

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the .M.C. Audio BDCD1.1 CD player (£3195) and DAC1PreHR preamplifier-DAC (£3495) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “This is how high-end is supposed to be. The B.M.C. BDCD1.1 and DAC1PreHR sound good. They sound good on their own, and sound even better together. They don’t sound ‘good for the...
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