Preamplifiers

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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JE Audio VL10.1 Preamplifier

December 4, 2012
JE Audio  VL10.1 Preamplifier

Will Wright has posted a review of the JE Audio VL10.1 preamplifier ($5400) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “There is only one thing wrong with this Line Stage Preamp. I have to give it back. It’s true that some will be put off by the lack of remote control. Others may want more inputs...
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Audio Research DSPre Preamplifier and DAC

December 1, 2012
Audio Research DSPre Preamplifier and DAC

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the Audio Research DSPre preamplifier and DAC ($7495) at SoundStage! HiFi. His conclusions: “I’m betting that Audio Research’s DSPre preamplifier-DAC is an early example of a component we’ll see more of in the future: a single box into which can be plugged cables from all sources, digital...
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Luminous Audio Axiom II Signature Passive Preamplifier

November 27, 2012
Luminous Audio Axiom II Signature Passive Preamplifier

Roy Harris has posted a review of the Luminous Audio Axiom II Signature passive preamplifier ($220) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “The preamp is highly resolving, unlike many of the tube preamps I have encountered. It is quiet and free of sonic artificats. It enables you to hear all instruments on a recording, provided the...
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Audio Research Reference 5 SE Preamplifier

November 9, 2012
Audio Research Reference 5 SE Preamplifier

Brian Damkroger has posted a review of the Audio Research Reference 5 SE preamplifier ($12,995) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Summing up my experience of Audio Research’s Reference 5 SE preamplifier is pretty easy: I was smitten. I hear a lot of great audio gear, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been so...
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Gryphon Audio Designs Athena Preamplifier

November 7, 2012
Gryphon Audio Designs Athena Preamplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Gryphon Audio Designs Athena preamplifier (€9500) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Gryphon’s Athena delivers exactly what her specs predicted all along – a very quick supremely nuanced deftly articulated sound that puts a microscope on hall ambiance and a roto rooter down clogged drains. In keeping with...
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Triode Corporation TRX-1 Line Preamplifier

November 5, 2012
Triode Corporation TRX-1 Line Preamplifier

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the Triode Corporation TRX-1 line preamplifier ($3000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: ” This is not the most resolving line preamp out there. Neither low-level detail resolution nor spatial resolution are in the same class as more expensive preamps. Soundstage dimensions are fleshed out believably but...
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Bryston BP 1.5 Phonostage

November 1, 2012
Bryston BP 1.5 Phonostage

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Bryston BP 1.5 phono stage ($4890 with power supply) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The Bryston BP 1.5 phono stage is a top performer and makes no missteps, but understand its honest presentation will not favor cartridges and/or systems that are already biased towards the forward and...
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Simaudio Moon Evolution 810LP Phono Stage

October 31, 2012
Simaudio Moon Evolution 810LP Phono Stage

Graham Abbott has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Evolution 810LP phono stage ($12,000) at UltraAudio. His conclusions: “Whether searching for absolute sonic fidelity or questing for an emotional connection to the music we love and cherish, most of us end up assembling a sometimes-quixotic mixture of gear that creates the closest approximation...
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Nagra VPS Phono Stage

October 31, 2012
Nagra VPS Phono Stage

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Nagra VPS phono stage ($5995-$7490) at TONEAudio. his conclusions: “The key to the VPS is nuance balanced with power. It reveals all of the subtle details that will make your record collection come alive, yet is not the least bit fussy. If you don’t have two...
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