Preamplifiers

Simaudio Evolution 850P Preamplifier

February 10, 2016
Simaudio Evolution 850P Preamplifier

Jeff Fritz has posted a review of the Simaudio Evolution 850P preamplifier ($30,000) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “n fact, some finer points of its sound quality are without peer: It delivered a huge soundstage in my system, with many recordings making my room seem larger than it actually is; it was utterly transparent,...
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KR Audio P-130 Preamplifier

February 6, 2016
KR Audio P-130 Preamplifier

Greg Simmons has posted a review of the KR Audio P-130 preamplifier ($5600) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “It’s simple to set up, simple to use, and it’s built to a very high quality standard. It was an excellent match for my amplifier and – while it emphasized slightly different qualities than my own...
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Margules SF220.15 Preamplifier and U280sc Power Amplifier

February 3, 2016
Margules SF220.15 Preamplifier and U280sc Power Amplifier

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the Margules SF220.15 20th Anniversary preamplifier ($4599) and U280sc 25th Anniversary power amplifier ($5399) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “For music to have any real relevance it must reach out and touch inside something inside of us. It is better to follow a flowing stream of...
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AudioPax Maggiore l50 Preamplifier and m50 Monoblock Amplifiers

February 2, 2016
AudioPax Maggiore l50 Preamplifier and m50 Monoblock Amplifiers

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the AudioPax Maggiore l50 preamplifier (€18,000) and m50 monoblock amplifiers (€31,000/pair) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Audiopax delivered rich, deep performance with them, not trying to make them something they were not. They sounded right, as I imagined they should have. The system played recently recorded albums...
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Rotel RB1590 Preamplifier and RC1590 Power Amplifier

January 28, 2016
Rotel RB1590 Preamplifier and RC1590 Power Amplifier

Chris Groppi has posted a review of the Rotel RB1590 preamplifier ($1749) and RC1590 power amplifier ($2999) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “For the money, you’d be hard pressed to find a better sounding, more fully featured preamp and power amp combo than the Rotel RB-1590 and RC-1590. The...
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Atma-Sphere UltraViolet UV-1 Preamplifier

January 23, 2016
Atma-Sphere UltraViolet UV-1 Preamplifier

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the Atma-Sphere UltraViolet UV-1 preamplifier ($1900) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Sonically, the UV-1 occupies the middle ground between vintage and modern tube sound. It abandons absolute neutrality in favor of a bold and assertive midrange replete with wonderful tone-color saturation. You definitely need to give...
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Raven Audio Cirrus Tube Stereo Preamplifier

January 22, 2016
Raven Audio Cirrus Tube Stereo Preamplifier

Terry London has posted a review of the Raven Audio Cirrus tube stereo preamplifier ($3995) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: ” The Cirrus, based on its beautiful rendering of both color and space, is a music lover’s type of preamplifier. When mated with either tube or solid-state amplifiers and a variety of musical genres, the...
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Teac UD-503 Preamplifier-DAC

January 20, 2016
Teac UD-503 Preamplifier-DAC

John Gatski has posted a review of the Teac UD-503 preamplifier-DAC ($999) at Everything Audio Network. His conclusions: “So there you have it: my headline is “TEAC makes a super, fully featured DAC for less than $1,000.” Using the latest AKM DAC chip, dual-mono design and with lots of connectivity, including balanced HP amp...
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Constellation Audio Inspiration Preamplifier 1.0 and Mono 1.0 Power Amplifier

January 18, 2016
Constellation Audio Inspiration Preamplifier 1.0 and Mono 1.0 Power Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Constellation Audio Inspiration Preamp 1.0 line preamplifier (£9000) and Mono 1.0 power amplifier (£19,976/pair) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “hat Inspiration has done is light a torch under the competition; these are products that play in the £50,000 league for £10,000 a piece. In fairness, bringing better...
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Balanced Audio Technology Rex II Line Preamplifier

January 16, 2016
Balanced Audio Technology Rex II Line Preamplifier

Fred Kaplan has posted a review of the Balanced Audio Technology Rex II line preamplifier ($25,000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “he Balanced Audio Technology Rex II is a wonder that has eked from my LPs and CDs more new things than any other component I’ve sampled in years—and not in a cold, analytical way,...
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Tortuga LDR3.V2 Passive Preamplifier

January 12, 2016
Tortuga LDR3.V2 Passive Preamplifier

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Tortuga LDR3.V2 passive preamplifier ($1195) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Sure, it may not be flashy-looking, and it’s not going to add to your system’s warmth or euphony, but if you want the ultimate in transparency you would be hard-pressed—regardless of budget—to find a preamplifier,...
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Burmester MC151 Music Center

January 11, 2016
Burmester MC151 Music Center

Anthony Cordesman has posted a review of the Burmester MC151 music center ($25,000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Burmester is a superb-sounding digital player, and one where cost was never intended to be a key concern. The unfortunate thing is that luxury is often worth the price.” You can read the full...
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NAD Masters Series M12 Digital Preamplifier and M22 Stereo Amplifier

January 11, 2016
NAD Masters Series M12 Digital Preamplifier and M22 Stereo Amplifier

Neil Gader has posted a review of the NAD Masters Series M12 digital preamplifier ($3499) and M22 stereo amplifier ($2995) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The NAD Masters Series M12/M22 combo proudly holds its own in pretty much any company. And it scores points at all levels—refinement of sound, classy execution, and cool,...
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Monarchy Audio NM24 Preamplifier-DAC

January 10, 2016
Monarchy Audio NM24 Preamplifier-DAC

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the Monarchy Audio NM24 preamplifier-DAC ($1590) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “First, there’s still plenty of audio magic left in Burr-Brown’s 24-bit/96kHz PCM1704 chip. Second, a tube buffer is sonically superior to an op-amp-based buffer, as can easily be ascertained by auditioning both built-in buffers. Third,...
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Ayre Acoustics KX-5 Twenty Preamplifier

January 8, 2016
Ayre Acoustics KX-5 Twenty Preamplifier

Aaron Garrett has posted a review of the Ayre Acoustics KX-5 Twenty preamplifier ($8950) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “he KX-5 Twenty is not only the best preamplifier I have reviewed, it may be the best component of any type that I’ve reviewed. It’s only logical, then, that I give the KX-5 Twenty my...
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McIntosh C2500 Preamplifier and MC452 Power Amplifier

January 5, 2016
McIntosh C2500 Preamplifier and MC452 Power Amplifier

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the McIntosh C2500 preamplifier ($6500) and MC452 power amplifier ($7500) at AVHub. His conclusions: “The McIntosh C2500 and MC452 excel at spectacular dynamic expression, beautiful and accurate tonality, satisfying detail retrieval, and the recreation of a generous soundfield. All these qualities will satisfy the most demanding audio...
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CH Precision L1 Preamplifier

November 3, 2015
CH Precision L1 Preamplifier

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the CH Precision L1 preamplifier ($32,975) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Extremely well-articulated and exposed, very neutral, the L1 made for dramatic, at times even scintillating, listening sessions. It brings you closer than ever to the source, delivering more truth than you’re probably used to. Be prepared.”...
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NAD Masters Series M17 Preamplifier

November 2, 2015
NAD Masters Series M17 Preamplifier

Larry Cox has posted a review of the NAD Masters Series M17 preamplifier ($5499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “I think NAD’s M17 is a reference quality preamp for a high end two channel system. It’s a pleasure that it can also ably discharge duites as a surround sound preamp. I found it able...
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Marantz M-CR611 Network CD Receiver

October 27, 2015
Marantz M-CR611 Network CD Receiver

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Marantz M-CR611 Network CD receiver ($699) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “At $699, the Marantz M-CR611 is a nice bargain. It is fully loaded with features modern listeners crave, and it is pretty future proof from my perspective. It produces fine, balanced sound that I...
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SST Son of Ampzilla II Power Amplifier and Thoebe II Preamplifier

October 26, 2015
SST Son of Ampzilla II Power Amplifier and Thoebe II Preamplifier

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the SST Son of Ampzilla II power amplifier ($3500) and Thoebe II preamplifier ($3500) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The combination of the Thoebe II and the Son of Ampzilla II encapsulates a very unique sound. It reproduces music like a hybridization cross between a Class...
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McIntosh C22 Preamplifier and MC75 Monoblock Amplifier

October 22, 2015
McIntosh C22 Preamplifier and MC75 Monoblock Amplifier

Anthony Nicosia has posted a review of the McIntosh C22 preamplifier ($6000) and MC75 monoblock amplifiers ($7500/pair) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Tube gear has this way of presenting a “magical” mid-range that is difficult to reproduce, even much more expensive solid-state gear. Those who love listening to music through tubes swear there...
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Tsakiridis Devices Alexander Preamplifier and Artemis Power Amplifier

October 21, 2015
Tsakiridis Devices Alexander Preamplifier and Artemis Power Amplifier

Jon Eben Field has posted a review of the Tsakiridis Devices’ Alexander preamplifier ($2695) and Artemis power amplifier ($2995) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “They play well at low volumes and maintain the complexity of music, but when you give them even a little juice they can really soar and make a tremendous...
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Tisbury Audio Mini Passive II Preamplifier

October 18, 2015
Tisbury Audio Mini Passive II Preamplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Tisbury Audio Mini Passive II preamplifier ($200) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “If you are searching for a passive controller that will not harm the sound, offer plenty of usable volume range, and source-switching in a space saving, attractive case, look no further. The Mini...
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Clones Audio AP2 Preaamplifier and Z5iR Amplifier

October 12, 2015
Clones Audio AP2 Preaamplifier and Z5iR Amplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Clones Audio AP2 preamplifier and Z5iR Gianclone amplifier (~€980) at 6moons. His conclusions: ” If one valued tonal sophistication, textures and air over rhythmic élan and transient feistiness from higher damping, the AP2 wouldn’t just offer remote convenience. It’d be a sonic step up over its...
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Etalon Solo Preamplifier-DAC

October 6, 2015
Etalon Solo Preamplifier-DAC

Dominic Marsh has posted a review of the Etalon Solo preamplifier-DAC (€6960) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “In terms of sound quality, my findings over the midrange and detail resolution issues were mentioned in the review because being priced at close on seven thousand Euros (in the configuration I was using it) I felt...
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