Preamplifiers

Benchmark Media Systems DAC2 HGC DAC-Preamplifier-Headphone Amplifier

February 15, 2013
Benchmark Media Systems DAC2 HGC DAC-Preamplifier-Headphone Amplifier

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the Benchmark Media Systems DAC2 HGC DAC, preamplifier and headphone amplifier ($1995) at GoodSound!. His conclusions: “Benchmark has not rested on the laurels adorning its aging line of DAC1 products. While those models are still very good, D/A conversion has progressed rapidly in the past few years,...
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Audio Research Reference 2SE, Reference 5SE and Reference 250

February 7, 2013
Audio Research Reference 2SE, Reference 5SE and Reference 250

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the Audio Research Corporation Reference 5 SE Linestage preamp ($12,995), Reference Phono 2 SE phono stage ($12,995), and Reference 250 monoblock power amplifiers ($25,995/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “In sum, what we have here are an amp, preamp, and phonostage that you positively need to...
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Coffman Labs G1-A Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

February 2, 2013
Coffman Labs G1-A Preamplifier  and Headphone Amplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Coffman Labs G1-A preamplifier ($5495) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Judged strictly as a linestage for $5,495, the Coffman G-1A is at the top of its class. The fact that it includes an excellent phonostage and headphone amplifier makes it the bargain of the year. All of...
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Classe Audio Delta CP-800 DAC-Preamplifier-Processor

February 1, 2013
Classe Audio Delta CP-800 DAC-Preamplifier-Processor

Aron Garrecht has posted a review of the Classe Audio Delta CP-800 DAC-preamplifier-processor ($5000) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “Finding a weakness in Classé Audio’s Delta CP-800 proved to be a challenge. In fact, I didn’t find any weaknesses per se, but rather, things I would like to see in the future. For example,...
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VTL TL-7.5 Series III Reference Line Preamplifier

January 31, 2013
VTL TL-7.5 Series III Reference Line Preamplifier

Jacob Heilbrun has posted a review of the VTL TL-7.5 Series III Reference preamplifier ($20,000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “So does the TL-7.5 have any real downsides? It may not appeal to anyone looking for the warm rich sound that used to be associated with tubes. You won’t find yourself bathing in...
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Audio Research Reference 10 Preamplifier

January 29, 2013
Audio Research Reference 10 Preamplifier

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the Audio Research Reference 10 preamplifier ($30,000) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Simply put, the music was rich with the textures and nuances that are often lost through an audio chain. There was a complete lack of artifice. The outlay will buy an entry-level...
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Jeff Rowland Design Group Corus Preamplifier and 725 Monoblock Amplifiers

January 28, 2013
Jeff Rowland Design Group Corus Preamplifier and 725 Monoblock Amplifiers

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Jeff Rowland Design Group Corus preamplifier ($13,600) and the 725 monoblock amplifiers ($29,800/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Jeff Rowland Corus linestage and 725 power amplifiers are world-class electronics in every sense of the phrase. They are stunningly gorgeous to look at, a delight...
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Plinius M-8 Preamplifier and SA-130 Power Amplifier

January 23, 2013
Plinius M-8 Preamplifier and SA-130 Power Amplifier

Frank Hakopians has posted a review of the Plinius M-8 preamplifier (€4500) and SA-130 power amplifier (€8200) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Fortunately I did fess up to personal bias favoring class A and valve amps early on. It thus won’t come as a surprise that we end on a highly laudatory note for our...
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Pass Labs XP-30 Reference Line Preamplifier

January 15, 2013
Pass Labs XP-30 Reference Line Preamplifier

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the Pass Labs XP-30 Reference preamplifier ($16,500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “In the year of the Dragon, enter the XP-30, a supremely musical line preamp that may well prove to be all things to music lovers and audiophiles alike. It transcends shallow characterizations as either...
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NuForce Reference P-20 Preamplifier

January 10, 2013
NuForce Reference P-20 Preamplifier

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the NuForce Reference P-20 preamplifier ($5000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “The P-20 is a triumph of neutrality and transparency while bestowing on you all that the music contains. Its luxurious yet elegantly understated styling hides technologies and a circuit design that are totally translucent to the music...
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Trafomatic Audio Reference Phono One Phono Stage

January 6, 2013
Trafomatic Audio Reference Phono One Phono Stage

Marja and Henk has posted a review of the Trafomatic Audio Reference Phono One phono stage (€3600) at 6moons. Their conclusions: “Being the most crucial part in the analogue signal’s journey at the very beginning where it is faintest and most fragile, the Phono One cares and accompanies that signal from its tiniest incarnation...
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Bryston SP3 Surround Sound Processor and 9B SST² Amplifier

January 6, 2013
Bryston SP3 Surround Sound Processor and 9B SST² Amplifier

Fred Manteghian has posted a review of the Bryston SP3 surround sound processor ($9500) and 9B SST² power amplifier ($8095) at Home Theater. His conclusions: ” I’m going to call the combination a Top Pick, as I did with the Cary Cinema 12 surround processor and 7.125 amp (Home Theater, March 2012) and the...
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VTL TL-7.5 Series III Reference Preamplifier

January 6, 2013
VTL TL-7.5 Series III Reference Preamplifier

Paul Bolin has posted a review of the VTL TL-7.5 Series III Reference preamplifier ($20,000) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “What puzzles and delights me is the existence of that special handful of components that make transcendence almost commonplace, even with recordings that are the essence of commonplace. Such components are not found...
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AURALiC Taurus Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

January 5, 2013
AURALiC Taurus Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the AURALiC Taurus preamplifier and headphone amplifier ($2099) at 6moons. His conclusions: “If you’re looking for a dedicated headphone amp, AURALiC’s ‘just’ Taurus is the one as the company itself explained. The Taurus Pre is for folks who need a preamp—those who don’t might want to check...
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Wadax PRE 1 Preamplifier

January 2, 2013
Wadax PRE 1 Preamplifier

Jim Merod has posted a review of the Wadax PRE1 preamplifier ($38,300) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The PRE 1 is composed of more than 2500 parts, many proprietary in order to craft unprecedented “one box” audio reality at the highest level possible. Now, here’s where the Grinch might steal Xmas. Their proprietary musIC...
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Music Culture MC601 Preamplifier

January 1, 2013
Music Culture MC601 Preamplifier

John Richardson and John Fritz have posted a review of the Music Culture MC601 preamplifier ($3495) at Stereo Mojo. Their conclusions: “Just a few closing thoughts here before I turn the review over to fellow reviewer John Fritz. First, I got to hear an entire Music Culture system at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest...
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Cambridge Audio Azur 851C CD Player-DAC-Digital Preamplifier

December 31, 2012
Cambridge Audio Azur 851C CD Player-DAC-Digital Preamplifier

Doug Schneider has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio Azur 851C CD player-DAC-digital preamplifier ($1999) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “If, in the Azur 851C, Cambridge Audio intended to create a well-built, feature-rich digital front end that could satisfy the hardcore audiophile, and at a retail price that would be considered sane by...
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ModWright Instruments LS 100 Preamplifier and KWA 100 Amplifier

December 22, 2012
ModWright Instruments LS 100 Preamplifier and KWA 100 Amplifier

Suave Kajko has posted a review of the ModWright Instruments LS 100 preamplifier ($4500) and KWA 100 power amplifier ($4500) at Canada Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “During its stay on my audio rack, the ModWright Instruments KWA 100SE amp and LS 100 tube preamp provided me with many hours of enjoyment. What started as tapping...
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Blue Circle Audio Li’l703 Phono Stage

December 19, 2012
Blue Circle Audio Li’l703 Phono Stage

John Crossett has posted a review of the Blue Circle Audio Li’l703 phono stage ($2000) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “Don’t let the scaled-down size of the Li’l703 fool you into thinking that it represents a compromise. Gilbert Yeung would never allow such a product to leave his bench. For many a listener,...
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Peachtree Audio Grand Pre X-1 Preamplifier and DAC

December 19, 2012
Peachtree Audio Grand Pre X-1 Preamplifier and DAC

Wayne Garcia has posted a review of the Peachtree Audio Grand Pre X-1 preamplifier and DAC ($) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Streaming high-resolution files proved to be a rewarding experience over this Peachtree model. As I said in my review of Naim’s outstanding SuperUniti (Issue 225), the world of computer-derived audio is...
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Einstein The Preamp Preamplifier

December 16, 2012
Einstein The Preamp Preamplifier

Danny Kaey has posted a review of the Einstein The Preamp preamplifier ($28,000) at Positive feedback. His conclusions: “Fundamentally then, The Preamp is quite the German Wunderkind. An interview I read sometime ago with Volker Bohlmeier outlined his vision for Einstein. Paraphrasing, his main goals are essentially to recreate the dynamic realism of live...
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Blue Circle Audio BC109 Preamplifier

December 14, 2012
Blue Circle Audio BC109 Preamplifier

Michael Wright has posted a review of the Blue Circle Audio BC109 preamplifier ($4275) at UltraAudio. His conclusions: “I had a good time reviewing Blue Circle Audio’s BC109 — it is an extremely musical preamp. Its construction is attractive and solid, and it performed flawlessly during the time it was in my system. It...
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MBL Corona Components and 120 Loudspeakers

December 13, 2012
MBL Corona Components and 120 Loudspeakers

Neil Gader has posted a review of the MBL C31 CD player ($9200), C11 preamplifier ($8800), C21 power amplifier ($9200), and 120 loudspeakers ($21,400/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “While I have more to say about the Corona electronics in the extended sidebar, in some ways I can’t say enough. Prior to adding...
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Constellation Audio Altair Preamplifier and Hercules Monoblock Amplifiers

December 9, 2012
Constellation Audio Altair Preamplifier and Hercules Monoblock Amplifiers

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Constellation Audio Altair preamplifier ($60,000) and Hercules monoblock amplifiers ($140,000/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The overall tonal character of the Altair and Hercules was one of an open, airy, and extended top octave, a very slightly emphasized midband that contributed to the extraordinary palpability,...
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Emotive Audio Poeta Preamplifier

December 6, 2012
Emotive Audio Poeta Preamplifier

Chris Simmons has posted a review of the Emotive Audio Poeta preamplifier ($4995) at Stereo times. His conclusions: “The Poeta is unquestionably a tube preamplifier and that comes with a certain amount of warmth. But its overall presentation is relatively neutral and very consistent from top to bottom without imposing any tube glow on...
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