Preamplifiers

Primaluna Dialogue Premium Preamplifier

August 19, 2014
Primaluna Dialogue Premium Preamplifier

Jim Merod has posted a review of the Primaluna Dialogue Premium preamplifier ($3199) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Clearly this unit is a jewel in PrimaLuna’s well-run operation. In my curmudgeonly take on “things audio at the upper end,” the new PrimaLuna preamp deserves, and receives, my highest praise. It is among the most...
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Anthem MRX 310 Audio/Video Receiver

August 19, 2014
Anthem MRX 310 Audio/Video Receiver

Carlo Lo Raso has posted a review of the Anthem MRX 310 audio/video receiver ($1199) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Anthem really impressed me with this receiver, even more so than I was initially expecting. With an excess of capable A/V receivers out there vying for your attention, it...
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Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Preamplifier

August 14, 2014
Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Preamplifier

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF preamplifier ($2099) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “If you’re tired of putting up with the worst excesses of vintage tube sound, then you’ve come to the right place. The FET Valve represents modern tube sound at its best....
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Thrax Maximus DAC, Dionysos Preamplifier, and Spartacus Power Amplifiers

August 8, 2014
Thrax Maximus DAC, Dionysos Preamplifier, and Spartacus Power Amplifiers

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Thrax Maximus DAC (€15,000), Dionysos preamplifier (€25,000), and Spartacus power amplifiers (€36,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It is a system that offers a very versatile sound, particularly suiting small ensembles and good recordings that will come out very natural. Albums with poorer production are fun,...
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Music First Audio Baby Reference Preamplifier

August 7, 2014
Music First Audio Baby Reference Preamplifier

Dagogo has posted a review of the Music First Audio Baby Reference preamplifier ($7790). Its conclusions: “My guess is that if you buy the Baby Reference to compare with your pricey active preamp once the TVC is placed into the rig likely the preamp will sit collecting dust. There is such variance in the...
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NAD Introduces C 510 Direct Digital Preamplifier/DAC

August 5, 2014
NAD Introduces C 510 Direct Digital Preamplifier/DAC

NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced the newest member of their illustrious digital family, the C 510 Direct DigitalPreamp/DAC. Known for reference quality digital audio, the company’s latest addition combines a superb digital preamplifier with reference quality DAC to create a unique blend of audiophile separates. The NAD C...
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Lamm Industries LL1 Signature Line Preamplifier

August 1, 2014
Lamm Industries LL1 Signature Line Preamplifier

Robert J. Reina has posted a review of the Lamm Industries LL1 Signature line preamplifier ($42,790) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “In the LL1 Signature line-stage preamplifier, Vladimir Lamm has stunningly executed a stunning design. The LL1′s flawless sound is impressive, but I remain floored by the several areas in which it achieved levels of...
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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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