Preamplifiers

Acoustic Imagery Preamplifier and D400M Power Amplifier

July 9, 2013
Acoustic Imagery Preamplifier and D400M Power Amplifier

John Bamford had posted a review of the Acoustic Imagery preamplifier (£3594) and D400M monoblock amplifiers (£4788/pair) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Beautifully formed and packing a mighty punch with a velvet glove, this pre/power combo might not offer the last word in transparency to recordings – but you’ll never realise...
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PrimaLuna ProLogue Premium Preamplifier and Power Amplifier

July 9, 2013
PrimaLuna ProLogue Premium Preamplifier and Power Amplifier

Robert Levi has posted a review of the PrimaLuna ProLogue Premium preamplifier ($2195) and power amplifier ($2195) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Do not look at this fully featured, remote controlled, powerful gear as merely a terrific budget choice. If you love fine music in your home, the PrimaLuna ProLogue Premium Preamplifier and Stereo...
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NATT Utopia Preamplifier and Transmitter Amplifier

July 7, 2013
NATT Utopia Preamplifier and Transmitter Amplifier

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the NAT Utopia preamplifier and Transmitter power amplifier at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Leaving aside the small matter of an exploding tube – which could have happened with any amp – the NAT system represents a mix of daring, audiophile orneriness and, as the...
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Mark Levinson No.52 Reference Preamplifier

July 6, 2013
Mark Levinson No.52 Reference Preamplifier

AV2Day has posted a review of the Mark Levinson No.52 reference preamplifier ($30,000). Their conclusions: “If I were to go nit pocking, that would be that a rock fan might find the ML No.52 holding back just the very last bit of excitement in rock music, but I also think a rock fan would...
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SAC La Finezza Preamplifier

July 4, 2013
SAC La Finezza Preamplifier

Ralph Werner has posted a review of the SAC La Finezza preamplifier (€3498) at 6moons. His conclusions: “SAC’s new La Finezza preamp lives up to its name. The deck is tonally neutral, transparent, resolved and denuded. Nuances are crystal and self-explanatory. For the money there’s lots of quality. I knew quickly how I’d miss...
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BMC BDCD1 CD Player and BMC DAC1 DAC

July 4, 2013
BMC BDCD1 CD Player and BMC DAC1 DAC

Greg Borrowman has posted a review of the BMC BDCD1 CD player ($5990) and BMC DAC1 DAC ($6290) at AVHub. His conclusions: “If you already have a good CD transport, I’d unhesitatingly recommend you purchase a B.M.C. DAC1Pre, because it’s a superb DAC and its pre-amp facility means you won’t need to buy a...
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Audio Electronic Constellation Preamplifier

June 28, 2013
Audio Electronic Constellation Preamplifier

A. Colin Flood has posted a review of the Audio Electronics Constellation preamplifier ($1495) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “A Scrooge at doling out grades even when Christmas is around the corner, in the middle of summer, I rank the Constellation mostly three Blue Notes across the board. There was nothing startlingly controversial...
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Cavalli Audio Liquid Glass Headphone Amplifier and Preamplifier

June 26, 2013
Cavalli Audio Liquid Glass Headphone Amplifier and Preamplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Cavalli Audio Liquid Glass headphone amplifier and preamplifier ($3500) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I consider the Liquid Glass an exceptional headphone amplifier, though one that may not be for everyone. Listeners who require reassurance that there is only one possible ‘right’ sound may find Cavalli’s Liquid...
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Khozmo Acoustic Passive Preamplifier

June 20, 2013
Khozmo Acoustic Passive Preamplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Khozmo Acoustic passive preamplfier ($637) at 6moons. His conclusions: “For an active preamp to demonstrably eclipse the Khozmo—to be as quick, transparent, silent and uncolored and add something for nothing (dynamics, bass weight, ambient recovery, other)—costs dearly. Something for something is easy. That’s the roulette of...
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Audiolab 8200CDQ CD Player, DAC and Preamplifier

June 15, 2013
Audiolab 8200CDQ CD Player, DAC and Preamplifier

Richard Black has posted a review of the Audiolab 8200CDQ CD player, DAC and preamplifier (£950) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “As for analogue and digital modes for the preamp, I agree with Audiolab’s comment that the former can seem a little warmer – but there’s really very, very little in it. What’s for...
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VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature Preamplifier

June 14, 2013
VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature Preamplifier

Robert J. Reina has posted a review of the VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature pramplifier ($7000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “VTL Amplifiers has produced a winner. The TL-5.5 Series II Signature has a detailed, liquid, uncolored sound, a wide dynamic range that mirrors that of live music, rugged construction, and a long list of...
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Hegel Music Systems P20 Preamplifier

June 14, 2013
Hegel Music Systems P20 Preamplifier

Erich Wetzel has posted a review of the Hegel Music Systems P20 preamplifier ($2900) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “The Hegel P20 was neutral in its sound. It allowed for beautifully clear separation of sounds, voices, and instruments; and the vivid depth of its bass was a revelation. This preamplifier allowed singers and instruments...
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Burmester 077 Preamplifier, 911 MK3 Amplifier and 100 Phono Stage

June 12, 2013
Burmester 077 Preamplifier, 911 MK3 Amplifier and 100 Phono Stage

Richard H. Mak has posted a review of the Burmester 077 preamplifier ($41,995), 911 MK3 amplifier ($31,495) and 100 phono stage ($23,995) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “If you are looking for a soft, warm and tubby ride like a 67 Cadallic wallowing on its waterbed-like suspensions along the San Diego sea coast, then look...
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SOtM sDP-1000 DAC and Preamplifier

June 11, 2013
SOtM sDP-1000 DAC and Preamplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the SOtM sDP-1000 DAC and preamplifier ($2900) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Sonically the DC-coupled sDP-1000 performs on the same level as the Metrum Hex and AURALiC Vega. Not as dry as the Hex, not as glossy or wet as the Vega, it sets up camp between them....
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Krell Phantom II Preamplifier and Evolution 402e Power Amplifier

June 8, 2013
Krell Phantom II Preamplifier and Evolution 402e Power Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Krell Phantom II preamplifier (£11,998) and Evolution 402e power amplifier (£18,500) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Fifty issues ago, RG was distinctly cool on the original 402 and its 202 preamp partner. Whether it’s another set of ears, the changes to the Krell amps or just the...
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Abacus Prepino Preamplifier and Ampino Power Amplifier

May 30, 2013
Abacus Prepino Preamplifier and Ampino Power Amplifier

Martin Mertens has posted a review of the Abacus Prepino preamplifier (€590) and Ampino power amplifier (€590) at 6moons. His conclusions: “For pre/power combos, the Abacus Prepino/Ampino seems to be one of the most cost effective presently available. Laboratory measurement kit optics are quite explicit about sonic expectations which the proprietary Abacus-Rieder circuits deliver....
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Peachtree Audio novaPre Preamplifier and DAC

May 29, 2013
Peachtree Audio novaPre Preamplifier and DAC

Tom Lyle has posted a review of the Peachtree Audio novaPre preamplifier and DAC ($999) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “We’ve (that is, audiophiles) have come to the point in time when more and more preamplifiers are going to include a DAC within their inner workings, and more and more audiophiles are going...
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AVM Evolution PA 3.2 Preamplifier, CD 3.2 Digital Player and MA 3.2S Monoblocks

May 29, 2013
AVM Evolution PA 3.2 Preamplifier, CD 3.2 Digital Player and MA 3.2S Monoblocks

Brett Rudolph has posted a review of the AVM Evolution PA 3.2 preamplifier ($3230), CD 3.2 digital player ($3950) and MA 3.2S monoblock amplifiers ($5860/pair) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The AVM system represents one of the most amazing systems to have passed my walls in a very long time. The system’s ability...
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Bryston BP17 Stereo Preamplifier

May 29, 2013
Bryston BP17 Stereo Preamplifier

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review of the Bryston BP17 Stereo preamplifier ($3500) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The BP17 represents a good middle ground product in Bryston’s preamplifier line-up. It has low distortion, plenty of output capability even into low impedance loads, and several optional features...
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Avantgarde XA Pre Preamplifier and XA Power Stereo Amplifier

May 28, 2013
Avantgarde XA Pre Preamplifier and XA Power Stereo Amplifier

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Avantgarde XA Pre preamplifier (€9400) and XA Power stereo amplifier (€8800) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “Avantgarde’s electronics might have been inspired by the company’s own eclectic speaker designs; they might have adopted what are unusual or unfamiliar approaches to the problems of amplifying an...
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Constellation Virgo Preamplifier and Centaur Power Amplifier

May 21, 2013
Constellation Virgo Preamplifier and Centaur Power Amplifier

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the Constellation Virgo preamplifier ($24,000) and Centaur monoblack power amplifiers ($56,000/pair) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Though I no longer lust after the unobtainable, were I to suddenly find, as Tevye desired, a small fortune, and I had a craving for something solid-state, I’d...
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Audiomatus TP-01 Preamplifier

May 7, 2013
Audiomatus TP-01 Preamplifier

Marek Dyba has posted a review of the Audiomatus TP-01 integrated amplifier (~€1200) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “To be honest, if I were to decide today on a preamp to the ModWright KWA100SE, I would have a very hard nut to crack. The LS100 from the same manufacturer is, to be sure, objectively...
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Conrad Johnson GAT Triode Preamplifier

May 7, 2013
Conrad Johnson GAT Triode Preamplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Conrad Johnson GAT triode preamplifier (£19,000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “That’s not really the true ‘finally’ part. These were just the observations made by someone who’s seemingly most aware of dynamics, coherence, articulation and imaging. If I’d been wearing my ‘detail’ hat or my ‘rhythm’ trousers,...
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Emotiva XSP-1 Balanced Stereo Preamplifier

April 30, 2013
Emotiva XSP-1 Balanced Stereo Preamplifier

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review of the Emotiva XSP-1 balanced stereo preamplifier ($899) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Well, what can I say here, but WOW! For $899, you get one heck of a preamplifier. If it were $3,899, I would still say, “WOW”, but I...
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Music First Audio Baby Reference Passive Preamplifier

April 27, 2013
Music First Audio Baby Reference Passive Preamplifier

Sam Tellig has posted a review of the Music First Audio Baby Reference passive preamplifier (£5000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Like a great active preamp, the Baby Reference made its presence felt. It was unmistakably there. Smooth, sweet, extended—pick your superlatives. Brass had real bite. Transients were rendered with extraordinary speed and crystalline clarity....
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