Preamplifiers

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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47 Labs Model 4733 Midnight Blue USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

May 15, 2012
47 Labs Model 4733 Midnight Blue USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the 47 Labs Model 4733 Midnight Blue USB DAC, analog preamplifier and headphone amplifier ($2000) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The Midnight Blue 4733 is quintessential 47 Labs in the best sense of the word. That is musical, emotionally involving; and at the same time clear, transparent, and...
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Classe CP-800 Stereo Preamplifier

May 7, 2012
Classe CP-800 Stereo Preamplifier

Classe CP-800 Stereo preamplifier ($5000) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “The final question that has yet to be answered: is the CP-800 stereo preamp processor from Classe worth it? In a word, yes. In two words, hell, yes. While I know some may look at its $5,000 retail price and shake their heads and call...
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Rogue Audio Perseus Magnum Preamplifier

May 4, 2012
Rogue Audio Perseus Magnum Preamplifier

Steve Lefkowicz has posted a review of the Rogue Audio Perseus Magnum preamplifier ($2195) at Positive Feedback. His conclusioons: “The Perseus Magnum sits somewhat in the middle of Rogue’s line of preamps. The line starts with the $1195 Metis (including a phono stage), and extends up to the $7995 Hera II (without a phono...
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AVM Audio PA 3.2 Preamplifier, 3.2 CD Player and MA 3.2 Amplifiers

May 4, 2012
AVM Audio PA 3.2 Preamplifier, 3.2 CD Player and MA 3.2 Amplifiers

Gary Lea has posted a review of the AVM Audio PA 3.2 preamplifier ($3230), 3.2 CD player ($3950), and MA 3.2 amplifiers ($5390/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Together these three components represent what magic can truly take place when the pieces are designed to work in perfect harmony from the outset. On their...
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Funk Tonstudiotechnik LAP-2.V3 Preamplifier

May 3, 2012
Funk Tonstudiotechnik LAP-2.V3 Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacuła has posted a review of the Funk Tonstudiotechnik LAP-2.V3 preamplifier (€795 plus VAT) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “I don’t now any other preamplifier in this price range that could offer this level of performance. Most of so popular nowadays devices like preamp/headphone amp or preamp/head amp/ D/A converter combinations sound either...
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Luxman C-600f Preamplifier and MQ-88 Stereo Power Amplifier

April 26, 2012
Luxman C-600f Preamplifier and MQ-88 Stereo Power Amplifier

John Marks has posted a review of the Luxman C-600f preamplifier ($9000) and MQ-88 stereo power amplifier ($8000) in his The Fifth Element column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I think the best way to look at the MQ-88 is as a cost-no-object, artisanal maxing out of classic 1950s push-pull tubed power-amp design. If the...
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AVM Audio Inspiration C8 CD Receiver

April 25, 2012
AVM Audio Inspiration C8 CD Receiver

Ryan Scott has posted a review of the AVM Audio Inspiration C8 all-in-one receiver and CD player ($4100) at StereoMojo. His conclusions: “At $4,100, the AVM C8 packs some serious hardware and functionality into a tiny, beautifully German crafted piece. A stack of assorted gear: AC, preamp, amplification, CD player, separate tuner and MM...
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Audio Research Reference 5 SE Preamplifier

April 23, 2012
Audio Research Reference 5 SE Preamplifier

Martin Colloms has posted a review of the Audio Research Reference 5 SE preamplifier ($12,995) at Hi-Fi Critic. His conclusions: “Those who compared the Anniversary 40 with the REF5 found it hard to believe that so much extra mileage remained in this core, differential triode circuit topology, or that it could benefit so much...
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NAD C 165BEE Preamplifier

April 23, 2012
NAD C 165BEE Preamplifier

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the NAD C 165BEE preamplifier ($999) at 10 Audio. His conclusions: “Listening to the NAD C 165BEE in a very revealing system could have had me running from the room, or at least wanting to turn down the volume. Neither happened. This is a seriously good preamplifier....
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Classé Audio CP-800 Preamp

April 21, 2012
Classé Audio CP-800 Preamp

Dave Thomas has posted a review of the Classé Audio CP-800 preamplifier ($5000) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “As I said in my review of the CA-M600 mono amps last year, Classé continues to produce equipment that is beautifully built, thoughtfully designed and sonically peerless. The CP-800 is definitely from this same mold but...
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Audio Research PH8 Phonostage

April 14, 2012
Audio Research PH8 Phonostage

Jimmy Hughes has posted a review of the Audio Research PH8 phonostage (£6299) at AVGuide. His conclusions: “Using the impressive EAT Forte-S as our front-end, the PH8 created a big solid richly-detailed sound that was notable for its spacious dimensionality and tonal opulence. Dynamic range was wide, and the music emerged from an inky-black...
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Reimyo CAT-777 MK II Preamplifier and KAP-777 Amplifier

April 11, 2012
Reimyo CAT-777 MK II Preamplifier and KAP-777 Amplifier

Key Kim has posted a review of the Reimyo CAT-777 MK II preamplifier ($22,500) and KAP-777 amplifier ($27,650) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I’ve heard far more expensive components impact me less, so in that regard, I would qualify these absolutely gorgeous sounding components a affordably priced (never a bargain). Combined, they possess a...
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Devialet D-Premier AIR

April 9, 2012
Devialet D-Premier AIR

Marja and Henk have posted a review of the Devialet D-Premier AIR Wi-Fi extension board at 6moons. Their conclusions: “From our speakers now emerged the same uncolored well-defined wide and deep aural images as they had in the past with a top-class CD transport as source. Even with the AIRddition the D-Premier made for...
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Allnic L-3000 Preamplifer and T-2000 Amplifier

April 7, 2012
Allnic L-3000 Preamplifer and T-2000 Amplifier

Ernie Fisher has posted a review of the Allnic L-3000 preamplifier ($10,900) and the T-2000 integrated amplifier ($8900) at The Inner Ear. His conclusions: “The BelCanto/Allnic combination worked very well. The L-3000 faithfully relayed the speed of the amps, showed that they can sound wonderfully smooth at top frequencies, clear and airy in the...
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