Preamplifiers

PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Preamplifier

October 21, 2014
PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium preamplifier ($3199) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The DiaLogue Premium preamplifier offers incredible sound and value for $3,199. If I were building a system in the $20 – $50k range, I can’t imagine needing to spend more than this for a linestage, provided you...
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Townshend Audio Allegri Autotransformer Preamplifier

October 17, 2014
Townshend Audio Allegri Autotransformer Preamplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Townshend Audio Allegri auto-transformer preamplifier (£1895) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Highly recommended? Hell, things like the Townshend Allegri don’t come along that often. If you like music, you will like the Allegri. It’s that simple.” You can read the full review here.
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Abyssound ASP-1000 Preamplifier and ASX-2000 Power Amplifier

October 16, 2014
Abyssound ASP-1000 Preamplifier and ASX-2000 Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Abyssound ASP-1000 preamplifier (~€4500) and ASX-2000 power amplifier (~€9250) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The amplifier will simply point it out and emphasize. If anything, it is better to combine it with something warmer and calmer. The Abyssound will handle it just perfectly. All in all,...
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B.M.C. Audio BDCD1.1 CD Player and DAC1PreHR Preamplifier-DAC

October 13, 2014
B.M.C. Audio BDCD1.1 CD Player and DAC1PreHR Preamplifier-DAC

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the .M.C. Audio BDCD1.1 CD player (£3195) and DAC1PreHR preamplifier-DAC (£3495) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “This is how high-end is supposed to be. The B.M.C. BDCD1.1 and DAC1PreHR sound good. They sound good on their own, and sound even better together. They don’t sound ‘good for the...
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Vitus Audio RD-100 DAC/Preamplifier and RS-100 Amplifier

October 11, 2014
Vitus Audio RD-100 DAC/Preamplifier and RS-100 Amplifier

Scot Hull has posted a review of the Vitus Audio RD-100 DAC/preamplifier ($14,000) and RS-100 power amplifier ($14,000) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “But products in this top-tier, this Summit-Fi level, really ought to come with warning stickers about how deep this particular rabbit hole goes. That said, I suspect that for the majority...
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MartinLogan BalancedForce 212 Subwoofer

October 5, 2014
MartinLogan BalancedForce 212 Subwoofer

John Iverson has posted a review of the MartinLogan BalancedForce 212 subwoofer ($3995) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I’ve come to love what my two Descent i’s can do. But I’ve often had trouble tuning the system’s balance to that precise point where the bass is full but gets out of the way of everything...
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Cambridge Audio Azur 851D Preamplifier and 851W Power Amplifier

October 3, 2014
Cambridge Audio Azur 851D Preamplifier and 851W Power Amplifier

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio Azur 851D preamplifier ($1499) and 851W power amplifier ($2499) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “There is no avoiding the sheer flexibility and feature count of these Cambridge components. Few DACs come close to the 851D’s range of features; especially Bluetooth, which could be a significant...
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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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