Preamplifiers

Ayon Audio Spheris III Preamplifier

March 2, 2015
Ayon Audio Spheris III Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Ayon Audio Spheris III preamplifier () at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It’s the richness of the sound, its energy that makes this presentation so emotionally engaging. Almost every recording I listened to was an interesting experience assuming that music was actually interesting, of course. But even...
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Devialet Ensemble Audio System

March 1, 2015
Devialet Ensemble Audio System

S. Andrea Sundaram has posted a review of the Devialet Ensemble audio system ($9995) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “The beauty of Devialet’s Ensemble system is that you can have truly excellent sound in a small, décor-friendly package for under $10,000 and with no effort. That’s a unique value proposition that I believe will...
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Soulution 711 Stereo Amplifier and 725 Preamplifier

February 25, 2015
Soulution 711 Stereo Amplifier and 725 Preamplifier

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the Soulution 711 stereo amplifier ($50,000) and 725 Full-Function preamplifier ($50,000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “It goes without saying that the Soulution 711 gets my highest, warmest, and most enthusiastic recommendation, as does its companion preamplifier the 725 (for which see the sidebar). Once again,...
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Goldmund Mimesis 16.5 Preamplifier, Goldmund Eidos 17 CD Player, and Goldmund Prologos+ Loudspeakers

February 25, 2015
Goldmund Mimesis 16.5 Preamplifier, Goldmund Eidos 17 CD Player, and Goldmund Prologos+ Loudspeakers

Domenico Pizzamiglio has posted a review of the Goldmund Mimesis 16.5 preamplifier (CHF 15,000), Goldmund Eidos 17 CD player (CHF 10,300), and Goldmund Prologos+ loudspeakers (CHF 60,000) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “Well, it is expensive but how many times we spend even more to have less? In Goldmund is not just a matter...
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AbysSound ASP-1000 Preamplifer

February 24, 2015
AbysSound ASP-1000 Preamplifer

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the AbysSound ASP-1000 €4900 ex VAT) at 6moons. His conclusions: “If prior good words about this company had you insinuate patriotic bias for the Polish media which naturally were first to publish, not so. Even if Polish pride did factor, it was deserved and well measured. Time...
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Balanced Audio Technology Rex II Preamplifier and Monoblock Power Amplifiers

February 20, 2015
Balanced Audio Technology Rex II Preamplifier and Monoblock Power Amplifiers

Jacob Heilbrunn has posted a review of the Balanced Audio Technology Rex II preamplifier ($25,000) and Rex II monoblock power amplifiers ($39,800/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Designing a preamp or amplifier consists of making choices, and as near I can tell, BAT has chosen to err on the side of a musical...
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Atoll HD 120 Preamplifier-DAC and MA 100 Power Amplifier

February 16, 2015
Atoll HD 120 Preamplifier-DAC and MA 100 Power Amplifier

Michel Aublanc has posted a review of the Atoll HD 120 preamplifier-DAC (€750) and MA 100 power amplifier (€400) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “Given the very affordable cost of this amp-preamp pair, you might be tempted to go with speakers in the same price range. However, don’t let their size and price tag...
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Parasound ZCD CD Player, ZPRE2 Preamplifer, and ZAMP Power Amplifier

February 15, 2015
Parasound ZCD CD Player, ZPRE2 Preamplifer, and ZAMP Power Amplifier

Neville Roberts has posted a review of the Parasound ZCD CD player (£400), ZPRE2 preamplifer (£400), and ZAMP power amplifier (£350) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Sound-wise, the quality is par for the course for a system of this type and will be very satisfactory as a second system, driving some bookshelf speakers in...
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Accustic Arts Reference Preamplifier II Mk II and Mono II Monoblock Amplifier

February 13, 2015
Accustic Arts Reference Preamplifier II Mk II and Mono II Monoblock Amplifier

Jacob Heilbrun has posted a review of the Accustic Arts Reference Preamplifier II Mk II ($10,750) and Mono II Monoblock Amplifier ($19,990/pair) at The ABsolute Sound. His conclusions: “If you want an even greater level of fidelity than that offered by this gear—and it does exist—then you’ll have to disburse considerably more funds to...
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Audio Research SP20 Preamplifier

February 1, 2015
Audio Research SP20 Preamplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Audio Research SP20 preamplifier (£8998). Their conclusions: “Having experienced over a dozen Audio Research preamps, our initial concern was addressed post-haste: the SP20 acts exactly as a modern ARC control unit should. It is detailed, open, musical, expressive and commanding. It suffers no...
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Mark Levinson No. 52 Preamplifier

February 1, 2015
Mark Levinson No. 52 Preamplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Mark Levinson No. 52 preamplifier (£28,000). Their conclusions: “Mark Levinson’s development engineers have certainly designed a most glamorous preamp. Not only does it get out of the way of the music, its flexible configurability and pleasing user interface make it a delight to...
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ModWright LS 36.5 Preamplifier and KWA 150S Power Amplifier

January 31, 2015
ModWright LS 36.5 Preamplifier and KWA 150S Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the ModWright LS 36.5 preamplifier (£7995) and KWA 150S power amplifier (£6795). Their conclusions: “With this hybrid system, the sound bears the hallmark of long and thoughtful development by a dedicated designer, with careful component choice and attention to every detail, and it really...
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T+A P3000HV Preamplifier and A3000HV Power Amplifier

January 31, 2015
T+A P3000HV Preamplifier and A3000HV Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the T+A P3000HV preamplifier (£9500) and A3000HV power amplifier (£11,900). Their conclusions: “T+A’s ‘no compromise’ HV series components are designed for the luxury audiophile market. In that context, this latest amp combo is sensational value. And as the preamp has tone controls, even the...
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Pass Labs XP-20 Preamplifier and X600.5 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

January 30, 2015
Pass Labs XP-20 Preamplifier and X600.5 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

Doug Schroeder has posted a review of the Pass Labs XP-20 preamplifier ($8600) and X600.5 monoblock power amplifiers ($22,000/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The XP-20 and X600.5 are the kind of components which fit the buying pattern of “once and done.” They bring an intensely pleasurable enormous feel to any system and will always...
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Atma-Sphere Music Systems Ultraviolet Preamplifier

January 30, 2015
Atma-Sphere Music Systems Ultraviolet Preamplifier

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the Atma-Sphere Music Systems Ultraviolet preamplifier ($2800) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “At the bottom of all I hear is my fervent desire to escape the bondage of my small room and step into another reality filled with music. The natural organic way the UV-1 triode...
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Constellation Inspiration Preamplifier, Stereo Amplifier and Monoblock Amplifiers

January 29, 2015
Constellation Inspiration Preamplifier, Stereo Amplifier and Monoblock Amplifiers

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Constellation Ispiration preamplifier ($9000), stereo amplifier ($10,000), and monoblock amplifiers ($20,000/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Preamp 1.0, mated to the Stereo 1.0 or a pair of Mono 1.0s, bring a level of transparency, resolution, refinement, and soundstaging to this price segment once reserved...
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Supratek Reference DHT Preamplifier

January 26, 2015
Supratek Reference DHT Preamplifier

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the Supratek Reference DHT preamplifier ($4000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “The Supratek Reference DHT is a unique preamplifier built by a passionate music lover and artisan far removed from audiophile dogma, with engineering experience stretching many decades. It provides clear, dynamic, powerful and tonally beautiful music to...
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Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier

January 25, 2015
Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier

David Price has posted a review of the Parasound Halo P5 preamplifier (£999) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “On its own, as a £1,000 preamplifier, the Parasound P5 is very good, but not great. It is a substantial step up from the preamp sections of your average £500 amplifier, but doesn’t offer a revelatory...
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Boulder 2110 Preamplifier and 2150 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

January 22, 2015
Boulder 2110 Preamplifier and 2150 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

Anthony Cordesman has posted a review of the Boulder 2110 preamplifier ($54,000) and 2150 monoblock power amplifiers ($98,000/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “As I said at the start of this review, it is hard to described colorations you cannot actually hear. Yet I would much rather have gear that disappears into the...
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TAD DA1000 Preamplifier-DAC

January 17, 2015
TAD DA1000 Preamplifier-DAC

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the TAD DA1000 preamplifier-DAC (£11,995). Their conclusions: “Matching a commanding physical presence with impeccable sonics, the TAD-DA1000 sounds inviting and unruffled across any media you throw at it. Its genuinely usable volume control means you only need a power amp to complete a very...
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Cary Audio SL-100 Preamplifier

January 16, 2015
Cary Audio SL-100 Preamplifier

Erich Wetzel has posted a review of the Cary Audio SL-100 preamplifier ($1995) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “This former owner of tubed gear found himself very comfortable with the warmish sound of the Cary SL-100. I agree with the writer(s) of the SL-100’s manual, who described its sound as “smooth.” The SL-100 will...
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Audio Research Reference 10 Preamplifier

January 16, 2015
Audio Research Reference 10 Preamplifier

Marc Mickelson has posted a review of the Audio Research Reference 10 preamplifier ($30,000) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “While one could want a different sonic character in this way or that, this would be an expression of preference, not some universal truth about the Reference 10. Ergonomically, I can’t even concede a...
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Music First Audio Baby Reference Preamplifier

January 13, 2015
Music First Audio Baby Reference Preamplifier

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Music First Audio Baby Reference preamplifier ($7790) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “I just want to follow up on his review and say if you are looking for the best line stage available you should hear the Music First Audio Baby Reference. What an incredible bargain compared...
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TEO Audio Liquid Pre Preamplifier

January 9, 2015
TEO Audio Liquid Pre Preamplifier

Doug Schroeder has posted a review of the TEO Audio Liquid Pre preamplifier ($4200) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “In summary, this is the only preamp I can say that to my ears did everything right with every piece of music played, and never once stumbled by introducing grunge, either mechanical or electronic. I cannot...
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Backert Labs Rhythm 1.1 Preamplifier

January 9, 2015
Backert Labs Rhythm 1.1 Preamplifier

Terry London has posted a review of the Backert Labs Rhythm 1.1 preamplifier ($7500) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “This preamp created terrific macro-dynamics, powerful yet tuneful bass, beautiful timbres/tonality, and world-class soundstaging, with three-dimensional imaging capabilities.” You can read the full review here. You can find links to more reviews of the Backert Labs...
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