Preamplifiers

Elliott Studio Arts Model 66-001p Preamplifier

July 1, 2015
Elliott Studio Arts Model 66-001p Preamplifier

Greg Voth has posted a review of the Elliott Studio Arts Model 66-001p preamplifier ($3990) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “There’s much to love about music played thru the Elliott Studio Arts Series Sixty-Six Model 66-001p stereo preamp. It’s quite transparent and neutral, something that can’t be said about my Conrad Johnson PV-5 preamp....
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AVM Evolution SD 5.2 Streaming DAC-Preamplifier

June 28, 2015
AVM Evolution SD 5.2 Streaming DAC-Preamplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the AVM Evolution SD 5.2 streaming DAC-preamplifier (£5100) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The AVM Evolution SD 5.2 is the perfect example of audio done right for 2015. It’s a fine replacement to about three or four separate devices in one simple box. It’s a joy to use,...
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Ayre K-5xe MP Preamplifier

June 15, 2015
Ayre K-5xe MP Preamplifier

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the Ayre K-5xe MP preamplifier ($3500) at 10 Audio. His conclusions: “I have high expectations and requirements for any preamplifier to survive listening to for more than a few hours. To paraphrase the expression “time is money”: when listening to music, time is pleasure. I thoroughly dislike...
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Constellation Audio Inspiration 1.0 Preamplifier and Stereo Amplifier

June 9, 2015
Constellation Audio Inspiration 1.0 Preamplifier and Stereo Amplifier

José Victor Henriques has posted a review of the Constellation Audio Inspiration 1.0 preamplifier (£10,000) ans stereo amplifier (£10,000) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Constellation’s Inspiration Series is aptly named for the Preamp and Stereo 1.0 power amp combination reproduces music with a freedom, neutrality and conviction that belies even this...
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Valve Amplification Company Signature SE Preamplifier

June 6, 2015
Valve Amplification Company Signature SE Preamplifier

Robert J. Reina has posted a review of the Valve Amplification Company Signature SE preamplifier ($19,500; $26,000 with optional phono stage) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The Valve Amplification Company’s Signature SE preamplifier is the most significant audio product I’ve ever hooked up to my reference system. It was flawless. Overall, based on my aural...
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NAD C 510 Direct Digital Preamplifier-DAC

June 4, 2015
NAD C 510 Direct Digital Preamplifier-DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the NAD C 510 Direct Digital preamplifier-DAC ($1299) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “Listening to and living with the NAD proved to be musically satisfying and the few shortcomings I heard mainly dissolved over time. Of greater importance than what the C 510 does not do is what...
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Ruark Audio R2 MkIII Compact Networked Audio System

May 31, 2015
Ruark Audio R2 MkIII Compact Networked Audio System

Stephen Dawson has posted a review of the Ruark Audio R2 MkIII compact networked audio system ($799) at AVHub. His conclusions: “While we would like to see Ruark set up the headphone output to deliver better quality, as a tabletop audio system the Ruark Audio R2 provides truly excellent access to a wide range...
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Abyssound ASP-1000 Preamplifier and ASX-1000 Power Amplifier

May 31, 2015
Abyssound ASP-1000 Preamplifier and ASX-1000 Power Amplifier

Marcin Olszewski has posted a review of the Abyssound ASP-1000 preamplifier (~€4900) and ASX-1000 power amplifier (~€7500) at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “After eliminating the duo from the sound path everything became less present, less obvious, less palpable. The organic musicality and natural lack of constraints in terms of micro and macro dynamics are...
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Teddy Pardo PR1 Preamplifier and MB100 Monoblock Power Amplifier

May 25, 2015
Teddy Pardo PR1 Preamplifier and MB100 Monoblock Power Amplifier

Paul Candy has posted a review of the Teddy Pardo PR1 preamplifier ($1749) and MB100 monoblock power amplifiers ($2598/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “he PRE1/MB100 totally belied their appearance, size, price and power rating and behaved as I would expect from significantly costlier separates. These boxes from Israel ranked in many ways amongst the...
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Audio Research Reference 10 Preamplifier

May 15, 2015
Audio Research Reference 10 Preamplifier

Peter Roth has posted a review of the Audio Research Reference 10 preamplifier ($30,000) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “To me, the result is clear: The ARC Reference 10 is one of the most thrilling, intoxicating, musically engrossing preamplifiers ever made. Congratulations to Audio Research Corporation for their aspirations and their execution. Kudos, too,...
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Clones Audio API Preamplifier and 55PM Monoblock Amplifiers

May 13, 2015
Clones Audio API Preamplifier and 55PM Monoblock Amplifiers

Greg Voth has posted a review of the Clones Audio API preamplifier ($775) and 55PM monoblock amplifiers ($1400/pair) at Stereo Time. His conclusions: “If in the market for affordable, well-built separates, the Clones Audio components are a great place to start. Your search might just end there.” You can read the full review here.
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McIntosh C1000T Premplifier, MC2301 Amplifier, and MCD1100 SACD Player

May 8, 2015
McIntosh C1000T Premplifier, MC2301 Amplifier, and MCD1100 SACD Player

Jacek Pazio has posted a review of the McIntosh C1000T preamplifier ($9000), MC2301 amplifier ($22,000/pair), and MCD1100 SACD player ($11,000) at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “It was the first time I hosted a complete set made by the American McIntosh and only now I can make any statement about it. I was really surprised...
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DEQX PreMate Premaplifier-DAC

May 4, 2015
DEQX PreMate Premaplifier-DAC

Dave Clark has posted a review of the DEQX PreMate pramplifier-DAC ($4995) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The PreMate is that good as a DAC. The music is clean, articulate, grain-free, extended, palpable, loads of texture and space… it is damn good. But it is also a preamp… and corrects for speaker and room...
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Classé Sigma SSP Surround-Sound Preamplifier-Processor

May 1, 2015
Classé Sigma SSP Surround-Sound Preamplifier-Processor

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the Classé Sigma SSP surround-sound preamplifier-processor ($4000) in his Music in the Round column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “In designing this lower-priced preamplifier-processor, Classé seems to have made all the right choices without sacrificing sound quality in any way. In fact, I suspect that it may be...
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47 Labs Midnight Blue Audio System

April 25, 2015
47 Labs Midnight Blue Audio System

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the 47 Labs Midnight Blue audio system ($11,300) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “I have not tried to rewrite each of the reviews that have already been published. This review is more of a conclusion to all the 47 Labs Midnight Blue reviews. The closing thought I would...
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Luxman Classic CL-38u Preamplifier

April 24, 2015
Luxman Classic CL-38u Preamplifier

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Luxman Classic CL-38u preamplifier ($4200) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “nd after a couple of months with the Luxman in my system, I was still in no great rush to push it out the door. Throughout that time, I derived no less pleasure from my music collection...
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Simaudio Moon Evolution 740P Preamplifier

April 23, 2015
Simaudio Moon Evolution 740P Preamplifier

Fred Kaplan has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Evolution 740P preamplifier ($9500) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “However, the 740P costs a lot less—$9500 vs the XP-30′s $16,500 and the Moon Evolution 740P definitely ranked high in the league of last words. It’s a league I’d never dwelled in for very long, and...
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Krell Illusion II Digital Stereo Preamplifier

April 21, 2015
Krell Illusion II Digital Stereo Preamplifier

Brent Butterworth has posted a review of the Krell Illusion II digital stereo preamplfier ($7000) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “The Illusion II is a fairly basic digital stereo preamp with a solid asking price. Absolutely, it sounds great. Some audiophiles will likely consider its tonal balance ever so slightly warm but deliciously wonderful, while...
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Naim Statement NAC S1 Preamplifier and NAP S1 Power Amplifier

April 18, 2015
Naim Statement NAC S1 Preamplifier and NAP S1 Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Naim Statement NAC S1 preamplifier and NAP S1 power amplifier (together, £135,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Unconstrained, dynamic, coherent presentation – that’s the shortest description of Statement’s performance. It is able to trigger amazing emotions related to the music one listens to, that make one...
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NAD M12 Preamplifier and M22 Power Amplifier

April 18, 2015
NAD M12 Preamplifier and M22 Power Amplifier

Rene van Es has posted a review of the NAD M12 preamplifier ($3499) and M22 power amplifier ($2999) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The NAD M12 and M22 are technically beyond reproach. The preamp is as flexible as possible, when you consider that input sensitivity can be changed, tone controls tweaked, sample rates for...
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VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature Preamplifier and ST-150 Power Amplifier

April 14, 2015
VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature Preamplifier and ST-150 Power Amplifier

Wayne Garcia has posted a review of the VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature preamplifier ($8000) and ST-150 power amplifier ($6000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “As is obvious, for these ears (and this heart) VTL’s TL-5.5 Series II Signature preamp and ST-150 power amp are remarkably successful at delivering on all fronts—thrilling in...
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S.A. Lab Lilt Preamplifier

April 13, 2015
S.A. Lab Lilt Preamplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the S.A. Lab Lilt preamplifier (€6000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “With finer valve virtues built in, a transistor amp will get virtually transformed into a tube hybrid. That’s one of the established ways to arrive at the simultaneity of often mutually exclusive snap and curves, impact and...
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iFi Audio Retro Music System

April 12, 2015
iFi Audio Retro Music System

Chris Martens has posted a review of the iFi Audio Retro music system ($1999) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If you get a chance, do try to give this system a listen. It’s full of promise plus a touch of out-and-out sonic enchantment.” You can read the full review here.
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Vincent Solidline SA-94 Preamplifier and SP-995 Monoblock Amplifiers

April 11, 2015
Vincent Solidline SA-94 Preamplifier and SP-995 Monoblock Amplifiers

Kevin Fiske has posted a review of the Vincent Solidline SA-94 preamplifier (£2109) and SP-995 monoblock amplifiers (£1659) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “Look, I’m not saying the Vincents are the last word in sonic sophistication. But take a look at the ticket Joe. I fancy that like me, at that price, you’ll find it...
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April Music Aura Note V2 Music Center

April 10, 2015
April Music Aura Note V2 Music Center

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the April Music Aura Note V2 music center ($2750) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “If CD playback is an important aspect of your listening lifestyle coupled with the ability to play file-based music up to 24/192 and you want the simplicity and convenience of a very good sounding...
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