Preamplifiers

Red Wine Audio’s Ginevra LFP-V Phono Stage

October 29, 2012
Red Wine Audio’s Ginevra LFP-V Phono Stage

Steve Guttenberg has posted a review of the Red Wine Audio’s Ginevra LFP-V phono stage ($3000) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “If you’re in the market for a phono preamp that’ll get you closer to the by-the-number sound of the better solid-state alternatives, the Ginevra probably ain’t it. But if you’re like me, you might...
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Vitus Audio RL-101 Reference Series Preamplifier

October 12, 2012
Vitus Audio RL-101 Reference Series Preamplifier

Dave Thomas has posted a review of the Vitus Audio RL-101 Reference Series preamplifier ($11,250) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “Clearly the competition for the RL-101 is not the RI-100, it’s every other linestage on the market. And in its price range (and below) there is a ton of competition, the excellent Classe’ Audio...
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Concert Fidelity CF-080LSX2 Line Preamplifier

October 9, 2012
Concert Fidelity CF-080LSX2 Line Preamplifier

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the Concert Fidelity CF-080LSX2 preamplifier ($24,000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “There is no doubt in my mind that Masataka Tsuda’s designs push the state-of-the-art forward. His success lies in the potent combination of a minimalist, Zen-like design philosophy and perfectionist execution focused on parts-quality and...
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Alpha Design Labs Esprit Stereo DAC, Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

October 3, 2012
Alpha Design Labs Esprit Stereo DAC, Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

David W. Robinson has posted a review of the Alpha Design Labs Esprit Stereo 192/24 DAC and preamplifier ($999) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “If you have a few thousand more dollars, you can buy better, of course. But that’s not the point. You don’t have to own a Porsche, Ferrari, or Bugatti to...
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Luminous Audio Technology Axiom II Passive Preamplifier

September 30, 2012
Luminous Audio Technology Axiom II Passive Preamplifier

Erik Putens has posted a review of the Luminous Audio Technology Axiom II passive preamplifier ($195) at HiFi Zine. His conclusions: “So, I guess when it’s all said and done, I don’t necessarily recommend this version of the Axiom II but rather its little brother – the single input version. How various components interact...
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SMc Audio VRE-1C Reference Preamplifier

September 30, 2012
SMc Audio VRE-1C Reference Preamplifier

Ryan Coleman has posted a review of the SMc Audio VRE-1C Reference preamplifier ($15,000) at UltraAudio. His conclusions: “Anyone considering spending $16,950 on a line stage can be certain that the SMc Audio VRE-1C Reference is among the quietest, most resolving preamplifiers on the market, able to achieve those qualities without committing sins in...
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Convergent Audio Technology SL-1 Renessaince Preamplifier

September 25, 2012
Convergent Audio Technology SL-1 Renessaince  Preamplifier

Kari Nevalainen has posted a review of the Convergent Audio Technology SL-1 Renessaince ($9995) at Innerworld Audio. His conclusions: “Circa 8000 – 10000 euros is not a little for a preamp without a remote control, with only two line level inputs (excluing the A/V inputs) and with no balanced outputs. This is a preamp...
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Valve Amplification Company Signature IIa Preamplifier

September 20, 2012
Valve Amplification Company Signature IIa Preamplifier

Garrett Hongo has posted a review of the Valve Amplification Company Signature IIa preamplifier ($15,500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Kevin Hayes has really outdone himself with the VAC Signature IIa preamp. A statement piece at a luxury price, it plays music with extraordinary finesse and drive, accurate timbres, spaciousness in the soundstage,...
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Pass Labs XP-20 Preamplifier

September 20, 2012
Pass Labs XP-20 Preamplifier

Ray Seda has posted a review of the Pass Labs XP-20 preamplifier ($8600) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The XP-20 is one very special preamplifier. It manages to capture the richness and essence of music that would be the envy of any vacuum tube design I have had the pleasure of hearing. In fact, it...
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Zesto Audio Leto Line Stage Preamplifier

September 14, 2012
Zesto Audio Leto Line Stage Preamplifier

Henry Wilkenson has posted a review of the Zesto Audio Leto line stage preamplifier ($7500) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “I compared the Zesto Leto preamp to another line stage that cost six times asking price of the Leto. If you wanted an instrument to analyze music, then the higher priced unit would be for...
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Zesto Audio Leto Preamplifier

September 12, 2012
Zesto Audio Leto Preamplifier

Robert H. Levi has posted a review of the Zesto Audio Leto preamplifier ($7500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: ” New from Zesto Audio comes the tubed Leto Preamp, pushing the envelope in value and performance in its price range and beyond. With styling similar to the Andros Phono stage, the Leto is a...
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Tenor Line1/Power 1 Preamplifier

September 7, 2012
Tenor Line1/Power 1 Preamplifier

Mike Malinowski has posted a review of the Tenor Line1/Power 1 preamplifier ($75,000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “The Tenor is a no-compromise design with compulsive attention to details. It is the realization of one man’s obsessive dedication to the musical truth via psychoacoustics and engineering. For your money you’re getting a unique approach to...
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Unison Research Simply Phono V2 Phono Stage

September 3, 2012
Unison Research Simply Phono V2 Phono Stage

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the Unison Research Simply Phono V2 phono stage ($2445) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “I love some of their albums so deeply that I get emotionally invested in their presentation. I actually take it personally when a stereo kills the magic of their sound! I had no...
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Classe CP-800 DAC Preamplifier

August 31, 2012
Classe CP-800 DAC Preamplifier

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Classe CP-800 DAC preamplifier ($5000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Classé Audio’s CP-800 is that rare component: a multi-function device that, despite its versatility and extensive use of new technologies, doesn’t appear to compromise the quality of the sound. Yes, its D/A section is surpassed in both...
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Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Preamplifier

August 31, 2012
Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Preamplifier

David Abramson has psoted a review of the Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE preamplifier ($1999) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “So we’re at the level here of “whadya want?” Heineken or Grolsch? Audio Research or Naim? At this level, it simply isn’t about “better”; it’s about better for you. I’d say if you’re looking at...
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Purity Audio Design Silver Statement Preamplifier

August 24, 2012
Purity Audio Design Silver Statement Preamplifier

Doug Schroeder has posted a review of the Purity Audio Design Silver Statement preamplifier ($19,995) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The Silver Statement is a “franchise” preamp. I assure you that it is worthy of partaking in the building of a state of the art system. It may take some practice and coaching, but it...
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Burson Audio Soloist Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

August 17, 2012
Burson Audio Soloist Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Burson Audio Soloist preamplifier and headphone amplifier ($999) at AVGuide. His conclusions: “The Soloist takes substantial steps forward relative to the already very good Burson Audio HA-160, offering better and more refined sound, greater power, superior versatility, and exceptional build-quality, all at the more-than-fair price of...
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Warpspeed V8xW1 Passive Volume Control

August 15, 2012
Warpspeed V8xW1 Passive Volume Control

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Warpspeed V8xW1 passive volume control ($675) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Betraying no apparent strangulation effects from having to drive a 6-meter Zu Event RCA cable—no color bleaching or dynamic wimpiness—the Warpspeed majored on what Buddhists call tathata. Suchness. In our context it’s the opposite of cozy...
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Octave Jubilee Preamplifier

August 3, 2012
Octave Jubilee Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacuła has posted a review of the Octave Jubilee preamplifier (~€26,850) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “That’s probably what this game is all about – such matching of our audio system that allows us to emotionally go somewhere else, to leave our room and receive a dose of energy put into music on...
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TAD Reference Series C-600 Preamplifier

August 3, 2012
TAD Reference Series C-600 Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacuła has posted a review of the TAD Reference Series C-600 preamplifier (~€31,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The C-600, for example, does not sound so vivid, so palpable as the two already mentioned tube preamps. Especially the Ayon is able to show instruments in a more 3-D way, with better bodies, more...
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