Preamplifiers

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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Melody Valve Pure Black 100 Preamplifier and PM845 Monoblocks

May 24, 2012
Melody Valve Pure Black 100 Preamplifier and PM845 Monoblocks

Phillip Holmes has posted a review of the Melody Valve Pure Black 101 preamplifier ($4499) and PM845 monoblock amplifiers ($7959/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The value here is very good. Overall, the sound is very pleasing, though it is warm and forgiving more often than not. They stack up well against more expensive gear....
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Liberty Audio B2B-1 Phono Preamplifier

May 24, 2012
Liberty Audio B2B-1 Phono Preamplifier

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Liberty Audio B2B-1 phono preamplifier ($1749) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The Liberty Audio B2B-1 is a tremendous value, and if you’re a rocker, you’ll love it. The PTE’s MC section is good, but for only a few hundred bucks more, the Liberty is better. ” You...
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Audio Exklusiv P2 Phono Preamplifier

May 24, 2012
Audio Exklusiv P2 Phono Preamplifier

Richard H. Mak has posted a review of the Audio Exklusiv P2 phono preamplifier ($7500) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “For the purist who is focused on a specific set of stringent requirements such as having a remote control, a tube gain stage, a single gain stage, zero feedback or exotic capacitors blessed by Spanish...
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