Preamplifiers

Electrocompaniet EMP 1/S, EC4.8 and AW250-R

March 13, 2012
Electrocompaniet EMP 1/S, EC4.8 and AW250-R

Steve Dickson has posted a review of the Electrocompaniet EMP 1/S SACD player (£4650), EC4.8 preamplifier ( £2750) and AW250-R power amplifier (£4550) at AVGuide. His conclusions: “As it is, I have to conclude that I wanted to like this system rather more than I ended up doing. It isn’t actually bad at anything,...
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Ayre K-5xeMP Preamplifier and V-5xe Amplifier

March 11, 2012
Ayre K-5xeMP Preamplifier and V-5xe Amplifier

Ralph Werner has posted a review of the Ayre K-5xeMP preamplifier ($3500) and V-5xe power amplifier ($4950) at 6moons. His conclusions: “If we must define it, Ayre’s style is taut/rhythmic as enabled by quick well-rendered bass but this quality is accompanied also by flow where the vital ring-out of tones is immaculately tracked. This...
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Zesto Audio Andros PS1 Phono Preamplifier

March 10, 2012
Zesto Audio Andros PS1 Phono Preamplifier

Ray Zeda has posted a review of the Zesto Audio Andros PS1 phono preamplifier ($3900) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “Once again, the sweetness and delicate nature of the Zesto Andros PS1’s delivery in the midrange and highs are almost counter-intuitive to its ability to also very competently amplify and deliver the sheer, explosive low...
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SMc Audio VRE-1C Preamplifier

March 9, 2012
SMc Audio VRE-1C Preamplifier

Norm Luttbeg has posted a review of the SMc VRE-1c preamplifier ($16,950) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “Despite the SMc VRE 1C’s high price, I suspect that those loving the purity of passive units will flock to it and be shocked by its dynamics. Many others will hear its dynamics and ease and broadly...
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Sanders Sound Systems Preamplifier

March 5, 2012
Sanders Sound Systems Preamplifier

Phillip Holmes has posted a review of the Sanders Sound Systems preamplifier ($4000) at Dagago.  His conclusions: “So, does the Sanders technology serve the music? In my opinion, it does, because listening was thoroughly enjoyable, and I frequently was surprised by a new insight or detail, which is a good sign. This preamp might...
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Concert Fidelity CF-080LSX2 Hybrid Preamplifier

February 27, 2012
Concert Fidelity CF-080LSX2 Hybrid Preamplifier

Kim Key has posted a review of the Concert Fidelity CF-080LSX2 hybrid preamplifier ($21,000) at Stereo Times. His conclusion: “Personally, I feel as if my listening room has been graced by one of the best preamplifiers these ears have heard. It’s a true reference product and I tip my hat to Tsuda san and...
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Simaudio Moon 850P Preamplifier and 880M Monoblocks

February 22, 2012
Simaudio Moon 850P Preamplifier and 880M Monoblocks

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon 850P preamplifier (£18,900) and the 880M monoblock amplifiers (£29,000/pair) at AVGuide. His conclusions: “You’ll notice that I’ve barely covered these amps’ tonal character. That’s basically because, to all intents and purposes, they don’t have one. Yes, they lean, ever so slightly, to the cooler...
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Precision Transducer Engineering Phono Preamplifier

February 13, 2012
Precision Transducer Engineering Phono Preamplifier

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Precision Transducer Engineering MM/MC phono preamplifier ($1595) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “With a Lyra Helikon SL cartridge mounted on the tonearm of VPI’s Classic 3 turntable, my first job was to listen through a known, reasonably priced phono preamp. I used Einstein Audio’s Turntable’s Choice ($5400)....
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Densen B-200 Preamplifier

February 12, 2012
Densen B-200 Preamplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Denson B-200 preamplifier ($2200) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The Danes are known for design of the highest order, practicality, and great audio components, with several brands that compete with the best in the world. Densen offers a complete line of world class products with attention...
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BSG Technologies QOL “Signal Completion Stage”

February 9, 2012
BSG Technologies QOL “Signal Completion Stage”

Robert Harley has posted a review of the BSG Technologies QOL “Signal Completion Stage” ($3995) at AVGuide. His conclusions: “I realize that the BSG Technologies Signal Completion Stage will be controversial, and that I’m going out on a limb with my enthusiasm for it. Frankly, it seems too good to be true. But try...
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Jeff Rowland Corus Preamplifer & 625 Power Amplifier

February 1, 2012
Jeff Rowland Corus Preamplifer & 625 Power Amplifier

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Jeff Rowland Corus preamplifier (£11,995) and 625 power amplifier (£12,495) at AVGuide. His conclusions: “Both world class products, I’d rate the 625 as the stronger performer of the two (just), sounding slightly less contained than the line-stage, breathing a little freer and easier. But, impressive enough...
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Sanders Sound Systems Preamplifier

February 1, 2012
Sanders Sound Systems Preamplifier

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the Sanders Sound Systems Preamplifier ($4000) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Sitting down to listen, my very first ear felt impression is one of a very clean and transparent sound with frequency extension without any limitation. To better illustrate my point let me describe my primary...
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47 Labs Midnight Blue Series Components

January 29, 2012
47 Labs Midnight Blue Series Components

Marja and Henk have posted a review of the 47 Labs Midnight Blue Series of components (€1190-€2610) at 6moons. Their conclusions: Though the dress code for this series is more modest and uniform (i.e. a bit less unconventional), fortunately 47 Labs is still 47 Labs. Safely tucked away underneath the Midnight Blue coats the...
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JE Audio VL 19 Preamplifier

January 23, 2012
JE Audio VL 19 Preamplifier

Mike Wechsberg has posted a review of the JE Audio VL 19 preamplifier ($39800 at Positive Feedback Online. His conclusions: Compared to some of the best and most expensive preamps/line stages I have sampled recently the VL19 holds up very well, especially for the price, but was lacking just a bit in transparency and...
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Audion Premier Phonostage

January 9, 2012
Audion Premier Phonostage

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Audion Premier phonostage ($1999) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: On the Premier, jazz and vocal tracks are fantastic. In particular, acoustic instruments hang in the air longer than I expect from an MM setup, and the synergy with the LP-12 is nothing less than mind-bogglingly great. More...
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Sutherland Engineering Monoblock Phono Preamplifiers

January 6, 2012
Sutherland Engineering Monoblock Phono Preamplifiers

Brian Damkroger has posted a review of the Sutherland Engineering monoblock phono pramplifiers ($10,000/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: Music comprises five elements: pitch, timing, loudness, timbre, and location. As soon as more than one instrument or voice is present, all five, together and separately, take on a choral quality. On album after album, regardless...
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SMc Audio VRE-1C Preamplifier

January 5, 2012
SMc Audio VRE-1C Preamplifier

Jim Merod has posted a review of the SMc Audio VRE-1C preamplifier ($16,950) at Positive Feedback Online. His conclusions: Of all the preamplifiers at any price, with any design characteristics of unique or standard structural logic, the McCormack VRE-1C is THE unit—the preamplification musical instrument—I would choose to live with on a perpetual basis....
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Dodd Audio Battery Powered Tube Buffer Linestage

January 5, 2012
Dodd Audio Battery Powered Tube Buffer Linestage

Laurence Borden has posted a review of the Dodd Audio Battery Powered Tube Buffer Linestage ($1595) at Dagogo. His conclusions: At this point in a review of great-sounding gear, one typically launches into a discussion of diminishing returns, and how we each must ascribe our own monetary valuation to sonic performance, etc. It is...
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Bel Canto 3.5VB, Ref1000M and Phono 3

January 2, 2012
Bel Canto 3.5VB,  Ref1000M and Phono 3

Robert Learner has posted a review of the 3.5VB DAC/preamplifier ($3495, VBS power supply $1495), Ref1000M monoblocks ($5990/pair), and Phono3 phonostage ($1795) at Positive Feedback Online. His conclusions: I feel like I know what future Bel Canto components will sound like: increasingly transparent and dynamic, more resolved—ever closer to the straight-wire-with-gain ideal. I predict...
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Zesto Andros PS-1 Phonostage

December 31, 2011
Zesto Andros PS-1 Phonostage

Michael Peshkin has posted a review of the Zestro Andros PS-1 phonostage ($3900) at StereoMojo. His conclusions: As you may surmise, I enjoyed my time listening to the Andros in my system. It was an ear opener in many ways. If, like me, you are looking to upgrade your phono section in the near...
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