Preamplifiers

Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

September 26, 2014
Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

Jim Clements has posted a review of the Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF vacuum tube preamplifier ($2099) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Another strong point is the flexibility of the unit. Six inputs, two outputs and a tape loop. Plus you can customize the unit with so...
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Aesthetix Janus Signature Preamplifier and Atlas Signature Power Amplifier

September 24, 2014
Aesthetix Janus Signature Preamplifier and Atlas Signature Power Amplifier

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Aesthetix Janus Signature preamplifier ($10,000) and Atlas Signature power amplifier ($10,000) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “Likewise the Atlas Signature manages to confound expectations. With so many hybrid amplifier designs ending up as neither fish nor fowl, lacking the incisive transparency and load tolerance of...
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PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium Preamplifier

September 22, 2014
PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium Preamplifier

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium preamplifier ($3199) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The Dialogue Premium line preamp strikes me as one of the best things PrimaLuna has ever done. In particular, purity of expression and tonal realism are two of its strongest sonic assets. The incremental improvements...
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LKV Research Line One Preamplifier

September 20, 2014
LKV Research Line One Preamplifier

Tom Lyle has posted a review of the LKV Research Line One preamplifier ($3500) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “I could continue, and discuss what I’ve heard with more records and digital files to bear witness to the LKV Research Line One’s midrange transparency prowess, its very deep and tight bass, extended and...
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T+A HV Series Components and Solitaire CWT Loudspeakers

September 19, 2014
T+A HV Series Components and Solitaire CWT Loudspeakers

Jacek Pazio has posted a review of the T+A HV series components and loudspeakers at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “At the same time I must point out, that my system is not so universal as the tested one, and the chosen repertoire was a conscious choice with many flaws for potential buyers of the...
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Tenor Audio LINE 1/POWER 1 Preamplifier

September 13, 2014
Tenor Audio LINE 1/POWER 1 Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Tenor Audio LINE 1/POWER 1 preamplifier (~€61,250) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Audio Research preamps sound similar, except that the Tenor does everything better and is more dynamic and colorful. It has its own distinct character. It makes recordings sound interesting, not tiresome. At the same...
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Pro-Ject CD BOX RS CD Player and PRE BOX RS DAC

September 13, 2014
Pro-Ject CD BOX RS CD Player and PRE BOX RS DAC

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Pro-Ject CD BOX RS CD player (~€1100) and PRE BOX RS DAC (~€1300) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “We get a system that on the one hand is terribly old-fashioned, because the CD is today synonymous with backwardness, but on the other is extremely modern, thanks...
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Music First Audio Baby Reference Passive Preamplifier

September 11, 2014
Music First Audio Baby Reference Passive Preamplifier

Rene van Es has posted a review of the Music First Audio Baby Reference passive preamplifier (£6000) at The Ear. His conclusions: “A final note, I am not the sort of person who thinks £6,000 is a bargain for a preamplifier, I consider it an awful lot of money, yet the MFA has to...
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Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Preamplifier

August 29, 2014
Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Preamplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Tisbury Audio Mini Passive preamplifier (£135/$225) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “Tisbury Audio is a wonderful new addition to the world of HiFi. The Mini Passive is a great component at a great price that is purist all the way. If transparency, getting as close...
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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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Purity Audio Design Silver Statement Preamplifier

August 4, 2014
Purity Audio Design Silver Statement Preamplifier

Rich Weiner has posted a review of the Purity Audio Design Silver Statement preamplifier ($38,000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “This Purity preamp and power supply will set you back $38’000. It would be specious to point out that there are far more expensive preamps because anything beyond your budget is on the same unobtainable...
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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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