Preamplifiers

Zanden Audio Systems Model 3100 Preamplifier

May 15, 2016
Zanden Audio Systems Model 3100 Preamplifier

Garrett Hongo has posted a review of the Zanden Audio Systems Model 3100 preamplifier ($17,250) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “With the 3100, the many subtle and formidable elements of listening simply disappeared as isolated, enumerable things; when apparent at all, they seemed ephemeral events — otherwise, this preamp’s sound didn’t expressly feature any...
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Dynaco ST-1 Preamplifier and ST-70 Power Amplifier

May 10, 2016
Dynaco ST-1 Preamplifier and ST-70 Power Amplifier

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the Dynaco ST-1 preamplifier ($1500) and ST-70 power amplifier ($2500) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Upon seeing the new ST-70 i was in awe of the very solid build quality. Much care has been taken to provide a long and trouble-free life. Sure we could...
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Meridian 818v3 Digital Preamplifier, MC200 Music Server, and DSP5200 SE Digital Loudspeakers

May 5, 2016
Meridian 818v3 Digital Preamplifier, MC200 Music Server, and DSP5200 SE Digital Loudspeakers

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Meridian 818v3 digital preamplifier, MC200 music server, and DSP5200 SE loudspeakers at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “he Meridian 818v3 is a superb machine. Even in plain DAC-guise it is up there with the best DACs I have heard. But add in its preamp facilities, Sooloos/Roon compatibility,...
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Audio Research Reference 6 Preamplifier

May 5, 2016
Audio Research Reference 6 Preamplifier

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the Audio Research Reference 6 preamplifier (£12,000) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: Audio Research has never put a foot wrong with its Reference models. I’ve played with most, and must admit that some stand out more than others. The REF 6, I believe, will...
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YBA Passion PRE550A Preamplifier-DAC

May 1, 2016
YBA Passion PRE550A Preamplifier-DAC

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the YBA Passion PRE550A preamplifier-DAC ($8000) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “The Passion PRE550A looked and sounded gorgeous, is built like a brick privy, has a thoughtfully designed remote control, and no significant vices. I could, and did, happily live with a PRE550A in my system. Very...
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NAIM Mu-so Qb Music System

April 29, 2016
NAIM Mu-so Qb Music System

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the NAIM Mu-so Qb music system (€900) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It comes from the same family but its performance is difference and it is meant for a different customer group. And it makes it better, much better. Because audio involves making choices all the time,...
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Alluxity PRE ONE Preamplifier and Power ONE Amplifier

April 28, 2016
Alluxity PRE ONE Preamplifier and Power ONE Amplifier

Matej Isak has posted a review of the Alluxity PRE ONE preamplifier (€6750) and Power ONE amplifier (€9250) at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “Alluxity The PRE ONE and Power ONE amplifier packs the power and control without stepping into the the reserved territory. While Alluxity The PRE ONE acts on its own as...
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Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Preamplifier II

April 23, 2016
Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Preamplifier II

Oliver Masciarotte has posted a review of the Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Preamplifier II ($149) at HiFiZINE. His conclusions: ” For modest or minimalist systems, the Mini Passive is a no–brainer; versatile, compact, low cost and aurally unobtrusive. All in all, highly recommended!” You can read the full review here.
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Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 Linestage

April 17, 2016
Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 Linestage

Michael Wechsberg has posted a review of the Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 linestage ($2995) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Now properly equipped with an improved power cord, and sitting on top of the Townshend vibration isolation base the Rhumba became an even more wonderful performer that gave me many thrilling moments during several weeks...
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GamuT D3i Dual Mono Preamplifier

April 13, 2016
GamuT D3i Dual Mono Preamplifier

TONEAudio has posted a review of the GamuT D3i dual mono preamplifier ($8250). Their conclusions: “. If you find yourself trying to justify the investment of a D3i, here’s one way of thinking about it: For many dedicated audiophiles, flipping equipment is a regular habit. Over time, the losses associated with the trades add...
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Naim Audio Mu-so Qb Music System

April 11, 2016
Naim Audio Mu-so Qb Music System

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Naim Audio Mu-so Qb music system (£595) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Ultimately, I’m not surprised Mu-so Qb was one of the big hits of CES – it puts a smile on your face! In truth, I’ve possibly spent more time just listening to sounds through the...
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Aurorasound Preda Preamplifier

April 9, 2016
Aurorasound Preda Preamplifier

Mike Wright has posted a review of the Aurorasound Preda preamplifier ($12,790) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “At just under $13K the PREDA will easily compete with preamps in the $20K price-range. And when you combine it with its matching phono stage, the VIDA, you have a killer preamp setup that both digital and...
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Phison Audio PD2 Preamplifier-DAC

April 8, 2016
Phison Audio PD2 Preamplifier-DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Phison Audio PD2 preamplifier-DAC (€6000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “A hifi’s true test sits, sharp pen and test score in hand, at the opposite end. How satisfying, compelling and addictive is it at low volumes? The Phison aced that test with flying colours. It worked flawlessly...
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Tobian Tube Stereo Console SC12 and Push Pull Mono Tube Amp MA 70

April 3, 2016
Tobian Tube Stereo Console SC12 and Push Pull Mono Tube Amp MA 70

WL Low posted a review of the Tobian Tube Stereo Console SC12 and Push Pull Mono Tube Amp MA 70 at av2day.com. His conclusions: “The Tobian system is special in that way that each listening session, brings about a new, undiscovered dimension to each musical performance, even on songs that you’ve heard all your...
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iFi Audio Retro Audio System

April 1, 2016
iFi Audio Retro Audio System

Dwayne Carter has posted a review of the iFi Audio retro audio system ($1995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “So how do I wrap up my experience with the iFi Audio Stereo 50 and LS3.5 speakers? Well, I was sad to return them and miss having the ability to listen to virtually any...
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Luxman C-700u Preamp and M-700u Stereo Power Amplifier

March 31, 2016
Luxman C-700u Preamp and M-700u Stereo Power Amplifier

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Luxman C-700u preamplifier (£6995) and M-700u stereo power amplifier (£6995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Luxman remains a brand to be contended with; its sound is ultra refined, which mean that it can deliver a fully rendered, high-resolution sound that is tonally stronger than a great many...
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Octave HP500SE Tube Preamplifier

March 28, 2016
Octave HP500SE Tube Preamplifier

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the Octave HP500SE tube preamplifier (£6999) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “OCTAVE had proved to be a hi-end audio equipment in my book and its unique hybrid performance that possessed the strength of tube and solid-state maybe what some audiophile are seeking for. I would recommend readers...
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Chord Electronics Dave Preamplifier-DAC

March 27, 2016
Chord Electronics Dave Preamplifier-DAC

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Chord Electronics Dave preamplifier-DAC (~€12,00) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It delivers a beautiful, well balanced, rich and amazingly well controlled performance that covers all one might wish for. It is an all-rounder fully capable of delivering fantastic performance when playing Slayer, but also when delivering...
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Norma Audio Electronics REVO SC-2 Preamplifier and PA-150 Power Amplifier

March 27, 2016
Norma Audio Electronics REVO SC-2 Preamplifier and PA-150 Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Norma Audio Electronics REVO SC-2 preamplifier (~€6000) and PA-150 power amplifier (~€5750) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Norma’s system is a living proof that when designer succeeds in this respect result are astounding. There is no coloration of any sort in the sound which allows recordings...
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Linnenberg Vivace 2 and Unisolo Preamplifier-DAC

March 27, 2016
Linnenberg Vivace 2 and Unisolo Preamplifier-DAC

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Linnenberg Vivace 2 (€2900) / Unisolo (€1100) preamplifier-DAC at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Vivace 2 is not just a DAC a a complete preamplifier too. All one has to do is to pair it with power amplifier, a music server with USB output or with a...
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Atma-Sphere Ultraviolet UV-1 Preamplifier

March 26, 2016
Atma-Sphere Ultraviolet UV-1 Preamplifier

Gary L. Beard has posted a review of the Atma-Sphere Ultraviolet UV-1 preamplifier ($1900) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The UV-1′s dynamic and weighty immediacy never failed to draw me in to the music, and I especially enjoyed its ability to throw a spacious, well lit, stage. It is, perhaps, a tube purist’s preamp...
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Audio Alchemy DDP-1 Preamplifier-DAC

March 24, 2016
Audio Alchemy DDP-1 Preamplifier-DAC

Alistair McKeough has posted a review of the Audio Alchemy DDP-1 preamplifier-DAC ($3500) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “For me, the DDP-1 is the perfect solution for a system driving high-end active speakers. It’s small, attractive, ergonomic and flexible. Most importantly, it delivers excellent sound quality with a tonal balance, depth of engagement and detail...
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AVM Evolution SD 3.2 Streaming Preamplifier-DAC

March 24, 2016
AVM Evolution SD 3.2 Streaming Preamplifier-DAC

Mark Gusew has posted a review of the AVM Evolution SD 3.2 streaming preamplifier-DAC ($7587) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “With its wide range of inputs, both analogue and digital, it is highly capable of handling everything that you are ever likely to need to connect up to it. Add to this the inclusion of...
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Cary Audio DAC-200ts Preamplifier-DAC

March 23, 2016
Cary Audio DAC-200ts Preamplifier-DAC

Jeff Poth has posted a review of the Cary Audio DAC-200ts preamplifier-DAC ($3995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “It’s natural sounding and doesn’t give up resolution or dynamics to achieve it. Assuming the networking issues are truly resolved, which I think is a fair assumption (shouldn’t be that hard), then the Cary Audio...
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Rogue Audio RP-5 Preamplifier

March 22, 2016
Rogue Audio RP-5 Preamplifier

Neil Gader has posted a review of the Rogue Audio RP-5 preamplifier ($3495) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “ reasonably priced, high-performance preamp like the RP-5 is a prime example of what the high end is all about—music reproduced accurately and beautifully. With a nod to the past and footers firmly planted in...
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