Preamplifiers

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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Ayon Audio Spheris II Preamplifier

January 5, 2015
Ayon Audio Spheris II Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Ayon Audio Spheris II preamplifier (~€33,975) 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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Prism Sound Lyra 2 Professional Audio Interface

December 30, 2014
Prism Sound Lyra 2 Professional Audio Interface

Wes Marshalll has posted a review of the Prism Sound Lyra 2 professional audio interface ($3225) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “he Lyra 2 just played everything I threw at it. This level of simplicity is very welcome. The fact that it solves so many problems while providing such clean, effortless sound makes it...
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Balanced Audio Technology VK-33 Preamplifier

December 29, 2014
Balanced Audio Technology VK-33 Preamplifier

Tom Lyle has posted a review of the Balanced Audio Technology VK-33 preamplifier ($8495) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The fact remains that there are more accomplished, and of course more expensive, preamplifiers available from BAT that are there for anyone who can afford them. So rather than admit that I might have...
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DEQX PreMate DAC, Analog Processor, and Digital Equalizer

December 26, 2014
DEQX PreMate DAC, Analog Processor, and Digital Equalizer

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the DEQX PreMate DAC, analog prcessor, and digital equalizer ($4995) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I am unequivocal about my enthusiasm for the speaker-calibration capabilities of the DEQX PreMate. It made my very good speakers undeniably better, smoother and cleaner, and endowed them with a bigger soundstage. It...
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Aries Cerat Incito Preamplifier

December 19, 2014
Aries Cerat Incito Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Aries Cerat Incito preamplifier (€7500) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The Incito is a very versatile preamplifier. Every kind of music sounds professional on it. In modifies the sound to a small degree, leaving lots of room for auxiliary components. It is not ultra-transparent, but such...
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Raven Audio Shadow Reference Preamplifier

December 16, 2014
Raven Audio Shadow Reference Preamplifier

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Raven Audio Shadow Reference preamplifier ($6995) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “I really enjoyed my time with the Raven Audio Shadow Reference Preamplifier. It is extremely well built and delivers a very musical performance. It allowed my system to play some of the most natural timbres and...
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COS Engineering D1 Preamplifier-DAC

December 15, 2014
COS Engineering D1 Preamplifier-DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the COS Engineering D1 preamplifier-DAC ($9000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “That thing is the peculiar absence of electronic grain. Here the COS for instance soundly trumped the AURALiC Vega which I’d otherwise never consider grainy at all. On temperament and virtues of timing and snap, the D1...
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AURALiC TAURUS PRE Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

December 13, 2014
AURALiC TAURUS PRE Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

Mal Kenney has posted a review of the AURALiC TAURUS PRE preamplifier and headphone amplifier ($2199) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “o sum it all up, the basic Taurus is probably your go-to if listening to headphones or listening nearfield is your primary purpose. The Taurus Pre is definitely the better choice if you...
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Audio Research Galileo GSPre Preamplifier and GS150 Power Amplifier

December 8, 2014
Audio Research Galileo GSPre Preamplifier and GS150 Power Amplifier

José Victor Henriques has posted a review of the Galileo GSPre preamplifier (£12,250) and GS150 power amplifier (£17,000) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “The GS150 is not only the finest sounding but also the most beautiful stereo amplifier Audio Research has ever built, which is saying a lot for a company...
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Music First Audio Baby Reference Preamplifier

December 6, 2014
Music First Audio Baby Reference Preamplifier

Janine Elliott has posted a review of the Music First Audio Baby Reference preamplifier (£6000) at Hi-Fi Pig. Her conclusions: “If you have over £5000 to spend on a preamp, and aren’t flustered by not having lights and something to plug in to the mains, you would do very well to give this little...
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REL Gibraltar G2 Subwoofer

December 3, 2014
REL Gibraltar G2 Subwoofer

Robert Youman has posted a review of the Gibraltar G2 subwoofer ($) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “REL has another winner in the Gibraltar G2 subwoofer. It can complement even the finest speakers with additional musical information that can provide clear lifelike steps towards reproducing the real event. It is critical that each sub...
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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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