Preamplifiers

CH Precision L1 Preamplifier

November 3, 2015
CH Precision L1 Preamplifier

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the CH Precision L1 preamplifier ($32,975) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Extremely well-articulated and exposed, very neutral, the L1 made for dramatic, at times even scintillating, listening sessions. It brings you closer than ever to the source, delivering more truth than you’re probably used to. Be prepared.”...
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NAD Masters Series M17 Preamplifier

November 2, 2015
NAD Masters Series M17 Preamplifier

Larry Cox has posted a review of the NAD Masters Series M17 preamplifier ($5499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “I think NAD’s M17 is a reference quality preamp for a high end two channel system. It’s a pleasure that it can also ably discharge duites as a surround sound preamp. I found it able...
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Marantz M-CR611 Network CD Receiver

October 27, 2015
Marantz M-CR611 Network CD Receiver

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Marantz M-CR611 Network CD receiver ($699) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “At $699, the Marantz M-CR611 is a nice bargain. It is fully loaded with features modern listeners crave, and it is pretty future proof from my perspective. It produces fine, balanced sound that I...
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SST Son of Ampzilla II Power Amplifier and Thoebe II Preamplifier

October 26, 2015
SST Son of Ampzilla II Power Amplifier and Thoebe II Preamplifier

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the SST Son of Ampzilla II power amplifier ($3500) and Thoebe II preamplifier ($3500) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The combination of the Thoebe II and the Son of Ampzilla II encapsulates a very unique sound. It reproduces music like a hybridization cross between a Class...
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McIntosh C22 Preamplifier and MC75 Monoblock Amplifier

October 22, 2015
McIntosh C22 Preamplifier and MC75 Monoblock Amplifier

Anthony Nicosia has posted a review of the McIntosh C22 preamplifier ($6000) and MC75 monoblock amplifiers ($7500/pair) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Tube gear has this way of presenting a “magical” mid-range that is difficult to reproduce, even much more expensive solid-state gear. Those who love listening to music through tubes swear there...
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Tsakiridis Devices Alexander Preamplifier and Artemis Power Amplifier

October 21, 2015
Tsakiridis Devices Alexander Preamplifier and Artemis Power Amplifier

Jon Eben Field has posted a review of the Tsakiridis Devices’ Alexander preamplifier ($2695) and Artemis power amplifier ($2995) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “They play well at low volumes and maintain the complexity of music, but when you give them even a little juice they can really soar and make a tremendous...
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Tisbury Audio Mini Passive II Preamplifier

October 18, 2015
Tisbury Audio Mini Passive II Preamplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Tisbury Audio Mini Passive II preamplifier ($200) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “If you are searching for a passive controller that will not harm the sound, offer plenty of usable volume range, and source-switching in a space saving, attractive case, look no further. The Mini...
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Clones Audio AP2 Preaamplifier and Z5iR Amplifier

October 12, 2015
Clones Audio AP2 Preaamplifier and Z5iR Amplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Clones Audio AP2 preamplifier and Z5iR Gianclone amplifier (~€980) at 6moons. His conclusions: ” If one valued tonal sophistication, textures and air over rhythmic élan and transient feistiness from higher damping, the AP2 wouldn’t just offer remote convenience. It’d be a sonic step up over its...
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Etalon Solo Preamplifier-DAC

October 6, 2015
Etalon Solo Preamplifier-DAC

Dominic Marsh has posted a review of the Etalon Solo preamplifier-DAC (€6960) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “In terms of sound quality, my findings over the midrange and detail resolution issues were mentioned in the review because being priced at close on seven thousand Euros (in the configuration I was using it) I felt...
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NAD Master Series M12 Preamplifier and M22 Power Amplifier

October 4, 2015
NAD Master Series M12 Preamplifier and M22 Power Amplifier

Mark Gusew has posted a review of the NAD Master Series M12 preamplifier ($5499) and M22 power amplifier ($5999) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “With the winning combination of high quality construction, good looks, a modular design that future proofs your purchase, as well as excellent functionality and overall ease of use, you certainly get...
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NuPrime DAC-10H Preamplifier-DAC and ST-10 Power Amplifier

October 3, 2015
NuPrime DAC-10H Preamplifier-DAC and ST-10 Power Amplifier

Steven Stone has posted a review of the NuPrime DAC-10H preamplfier-DAC ($1795) and ST-10 power amplifier ($1595) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Within their product categories the DAC-10H DAC/preamp and ST-10 basic power amplifier are priced at the lower mid-level, yet they both deliver performance that could be considered exemplary regardless of cost.”...
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Tisbury Audio Mini-Pre Preamplifier

October 2, 2015
Tisbury Audio Mini-Pre Preamplifier

Andy Norman has posted a review of the Tisbury Audio Mini-Pre preamplifier (€230) at TNT. His conclusions: “There are other reviews that compare the Tisbury favourably to mega-buck pre-amps and, from my time with it, I’d have no reason to doubt that this is comparable to some much more expensive preamps using similar technology....
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Grace Design Debuts m920 Audiophile USB Preamplifier-DAC

October 1, 2015
Grace Design Debuts m920 Audiophile USB Preamplifier-DAC

The technology in the m920 builds upon our 15 years of experience designing reference playback equipment. As the m920 has evolved, it has also become even more refined. Sabre’s new M-Series 32-bit DAC chip provides an astonishing improvement in digital performance, delivering up to 32bit/384kHz PCM and 64x/128x DSD playback. The m920 also sounds...
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Bespoke Audio Preamplifier

September 30, 2015
Bespoke Audio Preamplifier

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Bespoke Audio preamplifier ($12,000) in his Listening column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Although I’m unlikely to ever be converted, the Bespoke Audio Company’s passive preamplifier offers the best justification yet for the latter approach. I’m awfully glad Harry O’Sullivan convinced me to have a look and...
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Vinnie Rossi LIO Modular Audio System

September 25, 2015
Vinnie Rossi LIO Modular Audio System

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Vinnie Rossi LIO Modular audio system ($7855) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Sonically I found the LIO to be a highly transparent and extremely low-noise component that allowed the music to pass through it unscathed. While I can’t discern what percentage of this can be...
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Supreme Sound Lycan Headphone Amplifier-Preamplifier

September 17, 2015
Supreme Sound Lycan Headphone Amplifier-Preamplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Supreme Sound Lycan headphone amplifier-preamplifier ($249) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Whilst the Burson box is more powerful and extensively socketed, on headphones well within the Lycan’s grasp, it could be not just the price difference which favours our nekkid newcomer. Their bookkeeper may hate me for...
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Cambridge Audio Azur 851N Network Music Player-Digital Preamplifier-DAC

September 15, 2015
Cambridge Audio Azur 851N Network Music Player-Digital Preamplifier-DAC

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio Azur 851N Network music player-digital preamplifier-DAC ($) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “Cambridge Audio’s Azur 851N is a heck of a digital front end. As a streamer, it performed with nary a hiccup, and I suspect that if I’d had a proper NAS setup,...
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H-Cat P-12 X10 Doppler-Free Line Stage

September 9, 2015
H-Cat P-12 X10 Doppler-Free Line Stage

Norm Luttbeg has posted a review of the H-Cat P-12 X10 Doppler-free line stage ($5995) and DF-100.2 X10 stereo amplifier ($10,995) at Stereo Mojo. His conclusions: “There is a total effortlessness to its sound as well as timberal accuracy to all instruments. The bass is both profound and defined. I certainly cannot claim to...
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Classé CP-800 Preamplifier and CA-D200 Amplifier

September 6, 2015
Classé CP-800 Preamplifier and CA-D200 Amplifier

Neil Gader has posted a review of the Classé CP-800 preamplifier ($6000) and CA-D200 amplifier ($4000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “So maybe I’ve inadvertently stumbled onto the point Classé Audio is making—that in spite of its deep well of high-tech features that both inform and coddle the user, the Classé electronics are...
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Blue Circle Audio BC307 Preamplifier

September 5, 2015
Blue Circle Audio BC307 Preamplifier

Marc Mickelson has posted a review of the Blue Circle Audio BC307 preamplifier ($111,950) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “While choice can be a dual-edged sword, there’s no denying that the Blue Circle BC307 represents a stark alternative to every preamp on the market today — and probably tomorrow as well. Whether having...
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NAD Master Series M12 Preamplfier-DAC and M22 Stereo Amplifier

September 2, 2015
NAD Master Series M12 Preamplfier-DAC and M22 Stereo Amplifier

Mark Gusew has posted a review of the NAD Master Series M12 preamplifier-DAC ($6999) and M22 stereo amplifier ($5499) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “The transparency, openness and sheer power of the combination is stunning. With well recorded music, the dynamics, soundstage and lack of coloration of the NAD combination makes a very good play...
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JE Audio Reference 1 Preamplifier

September 2, 2015
JE Audio Reference 1 Preamplifier

Doug Schneider has posted a review of the JE Audio Reference 1 preamplifier ($9000) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “But if what you’re looking for, first and foremost, is great sound — specifically, great tube sound — give JE Audio’s Reference 1 a serious audition. It’s an incredibly good preamplifier for a reasonable price....
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Cary Audio DAC-200ts Stereo DAC with Preamplifier

September 1, 2015
Cary Audio DAC-200ts Stereo DAC with Preamplifier

Jeff Poth has posted a review of the Cary Audio DAC-200ts stereo DAC with preamplifier ($3995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Would hang on to the Cary Audio DAC-200ts DAC within my audio system if it was possible. The sonics are superb plus I love the sample rate conversion and tube output options....
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Robert Koda K-10 Preamplifier

August 30, 2015
Robert Koda K-10 Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Robert Koda K-10 preamplifier ($) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “This one is a bit off the beaten path, but if you are looking for the ultimate audio Zen experience, in a preamplifier that makes a major statement by not making a statement, this is your final...
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Aries Cerat Incito Stereo Preamplifier

August 27, 2015
Aries Cerat Incito Stereo Preamplifier

Tom Lyle has posted a review of the Aries Cerat Incito stereo preamplifier ($12,000) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Sonically, I can’t think of any aspect of the sound quality of the Aries Cerat Incito that I don’t like. Yet I have difficulty describing the “sound” of the Incito. It is transparent, yet...
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