Preamplifiers

Trinity Preamplifier

December 5, 2013
Trinity Preamplifier

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the Trinity preamplifier ($34,750) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The Trinity Preamp performs at the state of the art and pushes the envelope on several fronts. Dynamic range, for one, is outrageous; so good it makes you wonder, just where is this slim line, smallish chassis getting...
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Simaudio Moon Evolution 740P Preamplifier

December 3, 2013
Simaudio Moon Evolution 740P Preamplifier

Doug Schneider has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Evolution 740P preamplifier ($9500) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “Simaudio’s asking price of $9500 for the Moon Evolution 740P is substantial but not unjustified. The 740P is a well-built preamplifier that’s rich in features and easy to use — it performs all switching flawlessly,...
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Furutech GT40 Phono Stage, Preamplifier and USB DAC

December 1, 2013
Furutech GT40 Phono Stage, Preamplifier and USB DAC

Jerod O’Brien has posted a review of the Furutech GT40 phono stage, preamplifier, and USB DAC ($480). His conclusions: “The Furutech GT40 could very well be one of the best bargains in high-end audio today. I heartily suggest buying one ASAP before Furutech decides to raise the price. If they put it in a...
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Wyetech Ruby STD Preamplifier

November 27, 2013
Wyetech Ruby STD Preamplifier

JSW has posted a review of the Wyetech Ruby STD preamplifier ($) at HPSoundings. His conclusions: “We have had the Ruby for almost nine months now, enough time for a baby, and it has continued to grow and prove itself a rightful place among our reference components. The sound is pure, the sound is...
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Red Wine Audio Isabella Renaissance Edition Preamplifier

November 26, 2013
Red Wine Audio Isabella Renaissance Edition Preamplifier

Tom Lyle has posted a review of the Red Wine Audio Isabella Renaissance Edition preamplifier ($3995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The Red Wine Isabella Renaissance Edition preamplifier is a fine piece of audio equipment that is available at a very reasonable price. It has three gold-plated unbalanced RCA inputs and unbalanced RCA...
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Audio Electronics Constellation Preamplifier and Hercules Amplifier

November 19, 2013
Audio Electronics Constellation Preamplifier and Hercules Amplifier

Timothy Roth has posted a review of the Constellation preamplifier ($1495) and Hercules amplifier ($1995) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “One of the most important aspects of these amps is that they’re build like battleships, with enough power output to destroy your neighborhood, but without maxing themselves out or overheating. In other words, they...
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Parasound JC 2 Preamplifier

November 13, 2013
Parasound JC 2 Preamplifier

Lewis Dardick has posted a review of the Parasound JC 2 preamplifier ($4200) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “It’s not too often that you come across a world class product at a very reasonable price in world of high end audio, but in the case of the JC2 preamp, I believe it fits the...
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Peachtree Audio novaPre and Peachtree220

November 12, 2013
Peachtree Audio novaPre and Peachtree220

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Peachtree Audio novaPre ($999) and Peachtree220 ($1399) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The integrated amplifier with onboard DAC is a category that continues to become more popular as more music lovers turn to their computer as a source component—and the novaPre is a prime example. Mating it...
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Robert Koda Takumi K-10 Preamplifier

November 10, 2013
Robert Koda Takumi K-10 Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Robert Koda Takumi K-10 preamplifier ($30,000) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Rare, however, are components that have so little coloration and lack of a “sound.” The Robert Koda K-10 preamplifier is the finest example of this trait I’ve experienced. If you can’t bear to live without a...
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Hegel P30 Preamplifier and H30 Power Amplifier

November 10, 2013
Hegel P30 Preamplifier and H30 Power Amplifier

Sound Rebels have posted a review of the Hegel P30 preamplifier ($7500) and H30 power amplifier ($15,000). Their connclusions: “Listening to the Hegel P30 + H30 was truly a pleasure. For a reasonable price (in High End!) the set offered incredible drive combine with a tube’esque timbre, while having enough braw and current that...
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Alluxity Pre-Amp One and Power-Amp One

November 10, 2013
Alluxity Pre-Amp One and Power-Amp One

SoundRebels have posted a review of the Alluxity Pre-Amp One (€6100) and Power-Amp One (€8400). Their conclusions: “I mentioned high-end on purpose, because describing Alluxity as lifestyle electronics would be very unjust. We have to admit, that high quality audio gear does not have to be rough, lacking in aesthetics and user unfriendly. The...
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NuForce HAP-100 Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

November 6, 2013
NuForce HAP-100 Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

John Grandberg has posted a review of the NuForce HAP-100 preamplifier and headphone amplifier ($599) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “The HAP-100 is quite capable, both as a headphone amp and preamp. It has a special synergy with higher impedance headphones but does well with most others too. In fact I’d say this is among...
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Trilogy 909 Preamplifier and 990 Power Amplifier

November 3, 2013
Trilogy 909 Preamplifier and 990 Power Amplifier

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Trilogy 909 preamplifier (£6275) and 990 power amplifier (£6895)at The Ear. His conclusions: “Trilogy amplifiers are built to a standard that is rare in the UK, their design, construction and sound put them firmly in the high end. The company does such a fine job that...
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YBA Passion 550 Preamplifier and DAC

November 1, 2013
YBA Passion 550 Preamplifier and DAC

Aron Garrecht has posted a review of the YBA Passion 550 preamplifier and DAC ($8000) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “YBA’s Passion 550 proved again and again to be an exceedingly transparent preamplifier that imposed little to no sonic signature on whatever analog signal it was fed. Whether I listened to it on its...
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April Music Stello HP100/S100 Mk2 Preamplifier and DAC

October 31, 2013
April Music Stello HP100/S100 Mk2 Preamplifier and DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the April Music Stello HP100/S100 Mk2 preamplifier and DAC ($1300) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Much affordable gear goes after flashy but faux resolution to curry favor with a quick audition. Simon Lee approached his task from the far longer-lived basics of tone, smoothness and substance. That’s a...
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ADL Espirit Preamplifier and DAC

October 31, 2013
ADL Espirit Preamplifier and DAC

George de Sa has posted a review of the ADL Espirit preamplifier and DAC ($899 CAD) at Canada Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “My time with the Esprit DAC and ADC preamplifier has been wonderful. Not only has it been a learning experience but also a very enjoyable listening experience. It’s great to have a chance...
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Boulder 810 Preamplifier

October 29, 2013
Boulder 810 Preamplifier

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the Boulder 810 preamplifier at Audio Activity. “I have found the sound of the 810 very spectacular and with a surprisingly correct timbric. There are no special preferences in the reproduction of the whole range of frequencies and the medium range has the nuances of high class...
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Simaudio Moon 850P Preamplifier

October 25, 2013
Simaudio Moon 850P Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon 850P preamplifier ($28,000) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The 850P is a rare product, in the sense that the typical audiophile adjectives don’t really apply. It doesn’t destroy or annihilate, it just gets out of the way. And while that may sound simplistic and devoid...
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Music First Audio Classic v2 Preamplifier

October 25, 2013
Music First Audio Classic v2 Preamplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Music First Audio Classic v2 preamplifier ($4000) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The Classic v2 is a revelation, providing performance that will only be limited by the source components driving it. How much better is the company’s Baby Reference, with the full-blown transformer design? Stay tuned, as...
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AVM PA5.2 Preamplifier and SA8.2 Power Amplifier

October 21, 2013
AVM PA5.2 Preamplifier and SA8.2 Power Amplifier

Jorg Dames has posted a review of the AVM PA5.2 preamplifier (€3990) and SA8.2 power amplifier (€10,990) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Blanket recos can become wet blankets. I love my Audionets but others find them too wiry and lean. This also relies on great care with overall system voicing. On the other hand—like the...
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Conrad Johnson ET5 Preamplifier

October 15, 2013
Conrad Johnson ET5 Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Conrad Johnson ET5 preamplifier ($9500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Personally, I love the current C-J sound. It offers up almost all of the tonal richness that made the company famous, yet adds the dynamic capabilities of a modern preamplifier. Thanks to the CJD Teflon capacitors and...
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Burmester 088 Preamplifier

October 12, 2013
Burmester 088 Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Burmester 088 preamplifier ($28,995) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Because it’s massively overbuilt, the 088 should be a destination that you will never leave. To those always in the hunt for the latest thing, be forewarned: Refrain from trading it in before you’ve really had the chance...
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SOtM sDP-1000 DAC and Preamplifier

October 12, 2013
SOtM sDP-1000 DAC and Preamplifier

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the SOtM sDP-1000 DAC and preamplifier ($2900) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “The SOtM sDP-1000 DAC and Pre-Amplifier has a lot to offer. It can serve as a true preamplifier providing a number of digital and analog inputs as well as an analog remote controlled volume, a 32-bit/192kHz...
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Edge Reference Preamplifier

October 7, 2013
Edge Reference Preamplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Edge Reference preamplifier (£49,000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The thing with uncompromising designs like this one is the 99% rule flies out of the window. Yes, you could build a preamplifier that gets close to what the Edge Reference can do for a fraction of the...
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Audionet DNP Preamplifier/Streamer and AMP Monoblock Amplifiers

October 3, 2013
Audionet DNP Preamplifier/Streamer and AMP Monoblock Amplifiers

Rene van Es has posted a review of the Audionet DNP preamplifier/streamer (€9890) and AMP monoblock amplifiers (€9380/pair) at The Ear. His conclusions: “Audionet has established a good reputation in a number of countries and this is not surprising given the quality of the products. The vast amount of inputs and outputs, the many...
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