Preamplifiers

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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Avantgarde Acoustic PRE Preamplifier

August 3, 2012
Avantgarde Acoustic PRE Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacuła has posted a review of the Avantgarde Acoustic PRE preamplifier (~€9900) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “9,900 EUR makes today (at the official NBP exchange rate) 42,350 PLN, which is a lot of money. With this kind of money you could buy a small new car, or a big second hand car,...
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Soulution 720 Preamplifier with Phono Stage

August 3, 2012
Soulution 720 Preamplifier with Phono Stage

Wojciech Pacuła has posted a review of the Soulution 720 preamplifier with phonostage (~€26,850) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The 720 preamp is exceptionally transparent and resolving without sacrificing texture and fullness. Its tonal balance is, to me, perfect, though it might seem to sound slightly tubey. That’s due to natural edges of attack,...
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ModWright Instruments LS 36.5 Preamplifier

August 3, 2012
ModWright Instruments LS 36.5 Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacuła has posted a review of the Modwright Instruments LS 36.5 preamplifier (~€5125) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “All the more so that it is the midrange and the treble that demonstrates everything the tubes are known and loved for. It is a seemingly quasi-soft sound. Seemingly, since the punch was there, strong...
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T+A Audio P 1260 R Preamplifier and A 1560 R Power Amplifier

July 26, 2012
T+A Audio P 1260 R Preamplifier and A 1560 R Power Amplifier

Wayne Garcia has posted a review of the T+A Audio P 1260 R preamplifier ($4000) and A 1560 R power amplifier ($6000) at AVGuide. His conclusions: “I don’t usually use the word “polite” to describe audio gear, but for my taste the P 1260 R preamp is just that; noteworthy in many ways but...
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Exemplar Audio WMTS XP-2 Preamplifier

July 24, 2012
Exemplar Audio WMTS XP-2 Preamplifier

Norm Luttbeg has posted a review of the Exemplar Audio WMTS XP-2 preamplifier ($15,000) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “Never have I heard anything approaching what I heard in these and other albums on the Exemplar XP-2. I hasten to note that I was able to gain enormous improvements through the StillPoints isolation devices....
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Albarry AP11 Preamplifier and M608 Monoblocks

July 18, 2012
Albarry AP11 Preamplifier and M608 Monoblocks

Steve Dickinson has posted a review of the Albarry AP11 preamplifier (£1995) and the M608 monoblock amplifiers (£2550/pair) at AVGuide. His conclusions: “There is an overall feeling of cleanliness about these amps, but without any hint of sterility. The Albarrys, unlike the Bernings, do add a little of themselves to the music: a sort...
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Parasound Zphono USB Phono Stage and Analog-to-Digital Converter

July 17, 2012
Parasound Zphono USB Phono Stage and Analog-to-Digital Converter

Brent Butterworth has posted a review of the no USB phono preamplifier and analog to digital converter ($350) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The Zphono-USB is quite a nice phono pre for $350. The USB gain knob alone may win it fans among people who do a lot of vinyl ripping. The sound...
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Pass Labs XP-30 Preamplifier

July 9, 2012
Pass Labs XP-30 Preamplifier

Ed Momkus has posted a review of the Pass Labs XP-30 preamplifier ($16,500) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “In my opinion, there are very, very few systems which would not benefit from substituting the Pass Labs XP-30 for whatever current preamp is in use. Even if you already have an elite preamp in your system,...
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Manley Chinook Phono Preamplifier

July 6, 2012
Manley Chinook Phono Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Manley Chinook phono preamplifier at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The Manley people however went after something else in my opinion – they didn’t try to roll out a copy of the Steelhead. Neutrality at any price, which would need to be high at the lower price...
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Trends Audio PA-10.1D Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

June 30, 2012
Trends Audio PA-10.1D Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

S. Andrea Sundaram has posted a review of the Trends Audio PA-10.1D Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier ($299) at GoodSound! His conclusions: “When I first heard about the PA-10.1D, I thought its single input with dual outputs was an odd combination that would greatly limit its appeal. I no longer think that. While the PA-10.1D...
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Pass Labs XP-10 Preamplifier and XA60.5 Monoblocks

June 29, 2012
Pass Labs XP-10 Preamplifier and XA60.5 Monoblocks

Anthony Nicosia has posted a review of the Pass Labs XP-10 preamplifier ($5250) and XA60.5 monoblocks ($11,000) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “This pair of preamplifier/amplifiers sounded close to a tube setup without having to actually use tubes in your system. An extended vast soundscape, holographic imaging, precise placement of musicians in the...
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Bel Canto C7R Receiver

June 9, 2012
Bel Canto C7R Receiver

Victor Chavira has posted a review of the Bel Canto C7R receiver ($2995) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “If Bel Canto made compromises to package so many fine features at this price point, I am unaware of what they are. The C7R may seem unpretentious in appearance but it is a bona fide musical...
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Aesthetix Calypso Preamplifier

June 4, 2012
Aesthetix Calypso Preamplifier

Big E has posted a review of the Aesthetix Calypso preamplifier ($4999) at H-Fi Unlimited. His conclusions: “Listening to music via the Aesthetix not only sounds tonally right and rhythmically tight, but rather it’s the way it engages the listener, drawing one in to a staged event or recording venue and artistic emotional intents...
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Mystere CA21 Preamplifier and PA21 Power Amplifer

May 28, 2012
Mystere CA21 Preamplifier and PA21 Power Amplifer

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the Mystere CA21 preamplifier ($2695) and PA21 power amplifier ($3795) at AVHub. His conclusions: “This Mystere CA21 and PA21 combo is a splendid offering from a relatively new player on the high-end audio scene. The amplifiers are lusciously presented in faultless gloss black with heavy-gauge casework and...
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Robert Koda Takumi K-10 Preamplifier

May 25, 2012
Robert Koda Takumi K-10 Preamplifier

Marc Mickelson has posted a review of the Robert Koda Takumi K-10 preamplifier ($31,000) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “The design of so much audio equipment, especially those products that occupy the uppermost strata in terms of price and performance, begins with an assumption about what technology will be used. This is natural,...
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