Preamplifiers

Job Pre2 Preamplifier

July 31, 2014
Job Pre2 Preamplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Job Pre2 preamplifier ($1695) at 6moons. His conclusions: “For this system, Job’s neutral very quick well-lit action coupled to superbly controlled bass as the antithesis of bloated or fattened up and very ‘visible’ high-register purity was very much an ideal complement. Take the teenybopper Twilight saga...
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iFi Audio iTube Preamplifier

July 31, 2014
iFi Audio iTube Preamplifier

Paul Mah has posted a review of the iFi Audio iTube preamplifier ($299) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “Using both the preamp and buffer does not sound good. No, the combination sounds shockingly good! Does the sound quality approach the best (read expensive) preamplifiers I’ve heard? Don’t be silly. What the iTube provides is a...
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Wyred 4 Sound mPRE Preamplifier-DAC

July 31, 2014
Wyred 4 Sound mPRE Preamplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Wyred 4 Sound mPRE preamplifier-DAC ($1099) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “The Wyred 4 Sound mPRE is a very fine, value-priced analog preamp that also has a built-in DAC. As an analog preamp, the mPRE’s performance is far better than its price tag would indicate and rivals...
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D’Agostino Momentum Line Preamplifier

July 28, 2014
D’Agostino Momentum Line Preamplifier

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the D’Agostino Momentum line preamplifier ($32,000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “How has Dan D’Agostino done it? I can’t answer the question in technical terms, and as I write this I haven’t yet seen John Atkinson’s measurements, but here’s the recipe for what I heard: Take an ultraquiet...
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Parasound Halo P 5 Preamplifier

July 24, 2014
Parasound Halo P 5 Preamplifier

Piero Gabucci has posted a review of the Parasound Halo P 5 preamplifier ($1095) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “In one box you get all the analog and digital you need and there are very few preamps, DACs or combination(s) out there that the affordable P 5 stands out....
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Siltech SAGA System

July 23, 2014
Siltech SAGA System

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the Siltech SAGA System ($112,500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “To sum up, the Siltech SAGA System is not only engineered like nothing else; it sounds like nothing else—or at least nothing else I’ve heard. With its unique blend of tube-like bloom, three-dimensionality, and naturalness of...
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CH Precision C1 Preamplifier/DAC, D1 SACD Transport, and X1 Power Supply

July 23, 2014
CH Precision C1 Preamplifier/DAC, D1 SACD Transport, and X1 Power Supply

Marshall Knack has posted a review of the CH Precision C1 preamplifier/DAC ($32,975), D1 SACD transport ($37,750), and X1 power supply ($14,975) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The D1/C1, especially with the X1 in line, did not behave like any digital I’ve encountered. Neutral, exciting, fast, tons of detail, yet musical in a way...
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Raven Audio Shadow Reference Preamplifier

July 18, 2014
Raven Audio Shadow Reference Preamplifier

Terry London has posted a review of the Raven Audio Shadow Reference preamplifier ($6995) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “The Shadow Reference preamplifier is extremely well built, beautiful in its appearance, and delivers a reference level of performance across the sonic spectrum. It produces some of the most natural timbres/tonality of any tube-based line stage...
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DEQX PreMate Preamplifier with Speaker and Room Correction

July 16, 2014
DEQX PreMate Preamplifier with Speaker and Room Correction

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the DEQX PreMate preamplifier with speaker and room correction ($4995) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Sure, you could fit out your room like a studio with massive and costly bass traps, acoustic foam and diffraction panels to perhaps approach the response your speakers were designed to deliver. DEQX...
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Audio Research SP20 Preamplifier

July 15, 2014
Audio Research SP20 Preamplifier

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the Audio Research SP20 preamplifier ($9000) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “With the SP20, Audio Research Corporation strides surefootedly back into the market of high-end preamplifiers. While not at the rarefied level occupied by ARC’s Reference components, it’s a big step up from the SP16 and SP17,...
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Ypsilon PST 100 MKII Preamplifier

July 11, 2014
Ypsilon PST 100 MKII Preamplifier

Marshall Nack has posted a review of thhe Ypsilon PST 100 MKII preamplifier ($37,000) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: ” This design extracts the maximum benefits from its step-up and tube-hybrid topology and has that rare ability to convey humans upon the stage. While “musical colorations” are present—no one would dispute that—they are minor...
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Audiosophia PL/VSR1 Preamplifier and FP/VSR25 Monoblock Amplifiers

July 10, 2014
Audiosophia PL/VSR1 Preamplifier and FP/VSR25 Monoblock Amplifiers

Roberto Rocchi has posted a review of the Audiosophia PL/VSR1 preamplifier and FP/VSR25 monoblock amplifiers (together, €2500) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “In other words, there are no doubts or reservations when you listen to this system. You are immediately convinced, surprised immediately and also after some time. Let’s say that the more the time...
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Constellation Audio Perseus Phono Stage

July 5, 2014
Constellation Audio Perseus Phono Stage

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Constellation Audio Perseus phono stage (£27,500) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Perseus is ultimately musically unflappable, and if it were a book, it would be un-put-downable. Tonally, it’s a perfect match with the other Constellation Audio equipment; not the pinched and pushed forward presentation so common today,...
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Luminous Audio’s Axiom II Passive Preamplifier

June 26, 2014
Luminous Audio’s Axiom II Passive Preamplifier

Frank Alles has posted a review of the Luminous Audio’s Axiom II Passive preamplifier ($865) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “The Luminous Audio Technology Axiom II passive preamplifier with Walker mod opened my eyes to the fact that one doesn’t need to spend mega-bucks on a “High-End” preamplifier in order to get true High...
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SQ Products SQ-25 Preamplifier and SQ-30 6V6 Amplifier

June 20, 2014
SQ Products SQ-25 Preamplifier and SQ-30 6V6 Amplifier

Ken Micallef has posted a review of the SQ Products SQ-25 preamplifier ($1349) and SQ-30 6V6 amplifier ($1789) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Taken on their own merits and in their price range, the SQ-25 and SQ-30 were very enjoyable and recreated the essence of music with excellent texture, timing, color, and dynamics so...
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Trinnov Amethyst Digital Correction Preamplifier

June 19, 2014
Trinnov Amethyst Digital Correction Preamplifier

Joël Chevassus has posted a review of the Trinnov Amethyst digital correction preamplifier (€9032) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Anyone who elects to go down the road of room correction will in my opinion find the Amethyst a pure bargain. It seems to be the most advanced room corrector available but is also a very...
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Rotel RC-1570 Preamplifier-DAC

June 16, 2014
Rotel RC-1570 Preamplifier-DAC

Erich Wetzel has posted a review of the Rotel RC-1570 preamplifier-DAC ($999) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “When, a few years ago, I decided to start a second run in audio, my system included a tubed preamplifier from Audio Research that I’d had for some 15 years. The Rotel RC-1570 reminds me of the...
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Krell Phantom III Preamplifier

June 15, 2014
Krell Phantom III Preamplifier

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the Krell Phantom III preamplifier ($5500) at 10Audio. His conclusions: “During the review and audition period, I repeatedly switched between the Krell and Ayre preamplifiers. The Ayre lists for $3,500. There is no contest. The Ayre crushes the Krell pre for $2,000 less. I recall a much...
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AudioNet DNP Preamplifier and AMP Monoblock Amplifiers

June 13, 2014
AudioNet DNP Preamplifier and AMP Monoblock Amplifiers

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the DNP preamplifier ($20,300) and AMP monoblock amplifiers ($18,250/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: ” Are they or aren’t they? At the top of this review, I posed the question: can an $18,250 pair of monoblocks and a $20,300 preamp be considered bargain components? After traversing the...
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Robert Koda Takumi K-15 Preamplifier

June 8, 2014
Robert Koda Takumi K-15 Preamplifier

Wojceich Pacula has posted a review of the Robert Koda Takumi K-15 preamplifier (~€45,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The K-15 sounds very soft. It is a good kind of softness. It does not seem rounded on transient attacks or recessed in the upper midrange. I would rather say that its outstanding resolution allows...
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