Preamplifiers

Trilogy 909 Preamplifier and 990 Power Amplifier

November 3, 2013
Trilogy 909 Preamplifier and 990 Power Amplifier

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Trilogy 909 preamplifier (£6275) and 990 power amplifier (£6895)at The Ear. His conclusions: “Trilogy amplifiers are built to a standard that is rare in the UK, their design, construction and sound put them firmly in the high end. The company does such a fine job that...
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YBA Passion 550 Preamplifier and DAC

November 1, 2013
YBA Passion 550 Preamplifier and DAC

Aron Garrecht has posted a review of the YBA Passion 550 preamplifier and DAC ($8000) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “YBA’s Passion 550 proved again and again to be an exceedingly transparent preamplifier that imposed little to no sonic signature on whatever analog signal it was fed. Whether I listened to it on its...
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April Music Stello HP100/S100 Mk2 Preamplifier and DAC

October 31, 2013
April Music Stello HP100/S100 Mk2 Preamplifier and DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the April Music Stello HP100/S100 Mk2 preamplifier and DAC ($1300) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Much affordable gear goes after flashy but faux resolution to curry favor with a quick audition. Simon Lee approached his task from the far longer-lived basics of tone, smoothness and substance. That’s a...
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ADL Espirit Preamplifier and DAC

October 31, 2013
ADL Espirit Preamplifier and DAC

George de Sa has posted a review of the ADL Espirit preamplifier and DAC ($899 CAD) at Canada Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “My time with the Esprit DAC and ADC preamplifier has been wonderful. Not only has it been a learning experience but also a very enjoyable listening experience. It’s great to have a chance...
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Boulder 810 Preamplifier

October 29, 2013
Boulder 810 Preamplifier

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the Boulder 810 preamplifier at Audio Activity. “I have found the sound of the 810 very spectacular and with a surprisingly correct timbric. There are no special preferences in the reproduction of the whole range of frequencies and the medium range has the nuances of high class...
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Simaudio Moon 850P Preamplifier

October 25, 2013
Simaudio Moon 850P Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon 850P preamplifier ($28,000) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The 850P is a rare product, in the sense that the typical audiophile adjectives don’t really apply. It doesn’t destroy or annihilate, it just gets out of the way. And while that may sound simplistic and devoid...
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Music First Audio Classic v2 Preamplifier

October 25, 2013
Music First Audio Classic v2 Preamplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Music First Audio Classic v2 preamplifier ($4000) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The Classic v2 is a revelation, providing performance that will only be limited by the source components driving it. How much better is the company’s Baby Reference, with the full-blown transformer design? Stay tuned, as...
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AVM PA5.2 Preamplifier and SA8.2 Power Amplifier

October 21, 2013
AVM PA5.2 Preamplifier and SA8.2 Power Amplifier

Jorg Dames has posted a review of the AVM PA5.2 preamplifier (€3990) and SA8.2 power amplifier (€10,990) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Blanket recos can become wet blankets. I love my Audionets but others find them too wiry and lean. This also relies on great care with overall system voicing. On the other hand—like the...
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Conrad Johnson ET5 Preamplifier

October 15, 2013
Conrad Johnson ET5 Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Conrad Johnson ET5 preamplifier ($9500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Personally, I love the current C-J sound. It offers up almost all of the tonal richness that made the company famous, yet adds the dynamic capabilities of a modern preamplifier. Thanks to the CJD Teflon capacitors and...
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Burmester 088 Preamplifier

October 12, 2013
Burmester 088 Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Burmester 088 preamplifier ($28,995) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Because it’s massively overbuilt, the 088 should be a destination that you will never leave. To those always in the hunt for the latest thing, be forewarned: Refrain from trading it in before you’ve really had the chance...
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SOtM sDP-1000 DAC and Preamplifier

October 12, 2013
SOtM sDP-1000 DAC and Preamplifier

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the SOtM sDP-1000 DAC and preamplifier ($2900) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “The SOtM sDP-1000 DAC and Pre-Amplifier has a lot to offer. It can serve as a true preamplifier providing a number of digital and analog inputs as well as an analog remote controlled volume, a 32-bit/192kHz...
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Edge Reference Preamplifier

October 7, 2013
Edge Reference Preamplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Edge Reference preamplifier (£49,000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The thing with uncompromising designs like this one is the 99% rule flies out of the window. Yes, you could build a preamplifier that gets close to what the Edge Reference can do for a fraction of the...
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Audionet DNP Preamplifier/Streamer and AMP Monoblock Amplifiers

October 3, 2013
Audionet DNP Preamplifier/Streamer and AMP Monoblock Amplifiers

Rene van Es has posted a review of the Audionet DNP preamplifier/streamer (€9890) and AMP monoblock amplifiers (€9380/pair) at The Ear. His conclusions: “Audionet has established a good reputation in a number of countries and this is not surprising given the quality of the products. The vast amount of inputs and outputs, the many...
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Conrad Johnson GAT Preamplifier

October 2, 2013
Conrad Johnson GAT Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Conrad Johnson GAT preamplifier ($20,000) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Like any other preamplifier from the top of the mountain, the GAT breezes through pristine audiophile tracks. But those cues aren’t what separate the best from pretty good. As fine as the GAT is with your best...
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DEQX HDP-4 Speaker/Room Calibration Processor

October 1, 2013
DEQX HDP-4 Speaker/Room Calibration Processor

Martin Appel has posted a review of the DEQX HDP-4 pramplifier with room and speaker correction ($5495) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “The HDP-4 exceeded my expectations. Staying in the digital domain, I ran several digital interconnects from my MSB Transport to the HDP-4 and immediately heard improved levels of transparency over the HPD-3. The...
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Channel Islands Audio PLC-1 MKII Remote Passive Controller

September 29, 2013
Channel Islands Audio PLC-1 MKII Remote Passive Controller

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Channel Islands Audio PLC-1 MKII Remote Passive Controller ($899) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The PLC-1 MKII passive controller is a winner all the way in my book. It is hassle free, offers a transparent window to the sound of your sources, and will work...
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Pass Labs XP-30 Preamplifier

September 25, 2013
Pass Labs XP-30 Preamplifier

Scot Hull Has posted a review of the Pass Labs XP-30 preamplifier ($16,500) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “As I said, the Pass Laboratories XP-30 is an incredible linestage preamplifier and, in my experience, easily one of the best of its kind. That makes it a very straightforward recommendation and clearly worthy of a...
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EAR Yoshino 868 Preamplifier

September 22, 2013
EAR Yoshino 868 Preamplifier

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the Ear Yoshino 868 preamplifier ($5795) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The EAR 868 line stage is capable of sound reproduction nearing the state of the art. It is the phono stage that undoubtedly sets the unit as ‘state of the art’. In combination with the Haniwa...
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Dan D’Agostino Momentum Preamplifier

September 20, 2013
Dan D’Agostino Momentum Preamplifier

John Bamford has posted a review of the Dan D’Agostino Momentum preamplifier (€32,900) at Hi-fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “The sound is exquisite, this lavish preamplifier naturally proving to be the perfect complement to DAgostino’s power amp designs. Hearing it combined with a pair of the lMomentum monoblocks might make you go...
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Musical Fidelity M8 Preamplifier and M8700m Amplifier

September 18, 2013
Musical Fidelity M8 Preamplifier and M8700m Amplifier

Jacob Heilbrun has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity M8 preamplifier ($4995) and M8700m amplifier ($12,500/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “To my mind, the amplifier in particular is an exceptional value, one of the most authoritative solid-state products that I have had the chance to hear. No, it doesn’t quite have...
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Crystal Cable and Siltech System

September 16, 2013
Crystal Cable and Siltech System

Alan Sircom has posted a review of Siltech SaGa C1 preamplifier and SaGa P1 power amplifier (together, £85,000), the Crystal Cable Absolute Arabesque loudspeakers (£90,000/pair), and the Crystal Cable Absolute Dream interconnects ( £10,690) and speaker cables (£23,220) at HiFi+. His conclusions: “Another way of looking at this is the amplifier and cables raise...
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AVM Evolution PA5.2 Preamplifier

September 14, 2013
AVM Evolution PA5.2 Preamplifier

Gary Lea has posted a review of the AVM Evolution PA5.2 preamplifier ($5450) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “That being said, it was that chillingly intimate. You can spend more than the $5k plus that it takes to own the PA5.2. I can think of another preamp that I had in my room not...
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Burson Conductor Preamplifer/DAC Timekeeper Power Amplifier Review

September 11, 2013
Burson Conductor Preamplifer/DAC Timekeeper Power Amplifier Review

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Burson Conductor preamplifier/DAC ($1850) and Timekeeper power amplifier ($2600) review. His conclusions: “Burson has a pair of winners with the Conductor DAC/Headphone amp/preamp and Timekeeper stereo amplifier. They work beautifully together and are cut from the same sonic cloth. The Timekeeper had no trouble driving several...
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ASI Grand Stereo Amplifier and Liveline Preamplifier

September 10, 2013
ASI Grand Stereo Amplifier and Liveline Preamplifier

Key Kim has posted a review of the ASI Grand stereo amplifier ($39,000) and Liveline preamplifier ($30,000) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “To cut to the chase, the ASI Grand Stereo amplifier and Liveline preamplifier are one of the best solid state combos I have heard in my system or anywhere else for that...
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Absolare Passion Preamplifier and Passion Power Amplifer

September 7, 2013
Absolare Passion Preamplifier and Passion Power Amplifer

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Absolare Passion preamplifier ($25,000) and Passion power amplifier ($37,500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Absolare Passion preamplifier and Passion 845 single-ended- triode amplifiers are not just superb examples of their genre; they also bring the manifold virtues of single-ended-triode amplification to a wider range...
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