Preamplifiers

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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Audio Research LS17 SE Preamplifier

November 19, 2014
Audio Research LS17 SE Preamplifier

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the Audio Research LS17 SE preamplifier ($5500) at 10 Audio. His conclusions: “The combination of huge dynamics and low distortion has a predictable effect: you turn up the volume. Your neighbors might complain and the indigenous wildlife scatter, but the LS17 SE offers a very entertaining presentation...
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Aaron No. 22 Cineast Preamplifier and No. 3 Millennium Power Amplifier

November 18, 2014
Aaron No. 22 Cineast Preamplifier and No. 3 Millennium Power Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Aaron No. 22 Cineast preamplifier (€2590) and No. 3 Millennium power amplifier (€2590) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “My concern here is people will miss out. Audiophiles will see the word ‘Cineast’, see those six channel inputs and outputs and jump to the wrong conclusion. Like the...
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Constellation Virgo Preamplifier and Centaur Monoblock Power Amplifiers

November 15, 2014
Constellation Virgo Preamplifier and Centaur Monoblock Power Amplifiers

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Constellation Virgo preamplifier (£19,000) and Centaur monoblock power amplifiers (£53,500). Their conclusions: “The price is forbidding, the size off-putting, the preamp ergonomics the antithesis of ‘real-time’, tactile rotaries. But what you’ll hear is as close to the source as it gets. A notable...
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Quad Platinum DMP Preamplifier-DAC-CD Player and Mono Power Amplifiers

November 14, 2014
Quad Platinum DMP Preamplifier-DAC-CD Player and Mono Power Amplifiers

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Quad Platinum DMP preamplifier-DAC-CD player (£2500) and Mono monoblock power amplifiers (£5000/pair). Their conclusions: “By virtue of the Monos’ ease with our Wilson Sophias, the lack of drama with the DMP’s faultless segue from CD to iTunes to iPlayer, and with prices nowhere...
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TAD C600 Preamplifier and M600 Power Amplifier

November 13, 2014
TAD C600 Preamplifier and M600 Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the TAD C600 preamplifier (£27,000) and M600 power amplifier (£52,000/pair). Their conclusions: “These hand-crafted amplifiers are immaculately finished and fully deserving of their price tags. Striking a near-perfect balance between explicit ‘studio monitoring’ and home hi-fi ‘musicality’, they should be on any audiophile’s dream...
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YBA Passion Pre 550 Preamplifier and Passion Amp 650 Power Amplifier

November 7, 2014
YBA Passion Pre 550 Preamplifier and Passion Amp 650 Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the BA Passion Pre 550 preamplifier (~€6250) and Passion Amp 650 power amplifier (~€5000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The French system looks great, the workmanship is perfect and it comes from a “cult” audio manufacturer. It employs best quality passive and active electronic components. The preamplifier...
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Mark Levinson No. 52 Preamplifier

November 7, 2014
Mark Levinson No. 52 Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Mark Levinson No. 52 preamplifier ($30,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Although over the years I have been using a tube preamplifier, and not without a reason, the Mark Levinson would be a valuable upgrade to my audio system. It has beautiful tonal quality, exemplary dynamics...
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