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Two-Channel Electronics Reviews

While many audio enthusiasts may be moving toward multichannel audio, there is still a strong market for high-quality two-channel (stereo) electronics among audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts alike. A stereo preamp provides audio switching and signal processing only, while an integrated amplifier adds two channels of power for your speakers. (A stereo receiver, meanwhile, adds both amplification and AM/FM tuning.) Generally speaking, a stereo preamp or integrated amp won’t have all the bells and whistles found on the latest AV preamp or AV receiver, but these days you can find features like iPod connectivity, built-in DACs, Bluetooth capability, subwoofer outs, home theater pass-through, and (in some rare occasions) even HDMI video support. Check out our review archive below to read about the hottest electronics in the two-channel world.

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Krell Illusion II Digital Stereo Preamp Reviewed

Krell Illusion II Digital Stereo Preamp Reviewed

By Brent Butterworth

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Brent Butterworth sits down with the Illusion II digital stereo preamplifier from Krell, which includes five digital inputs and a 24-bit/192-kilohertz ESS Sabre DAC. It also has four stereo analog inputs, RCA/XLR outs, and a headphone jack. Read More

 
Backert Labs Rhythm 1.1 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Backert Labs Rhythm 1.1 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

By Terry London

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Terry London explores the Rhythm 1.1 stereo preamplifier from Backert Labs. This tube-based preamp includes a self-biasing circuit and easy-access tube door on the top panel that makes it very easy to experiment with different tubes. Read More

 
Oppo HA-1 DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

Oppo HA-1 DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

By Steven Stone

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Steven Stone reviews Oppo Digital's HA-1, which combines an excellent headphone amplifier, a stereo preamp, and a digital-to-analog converter into one well-constructed $1,199 package. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2014 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2014 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

Home Theater Review presents its Best of 2014 Awards. We've surveyed all the products reviewed over the past year and selected the ones we think are the most compelling. Check out our list and see if your 2014 favorites made the grade. Read More

 
Wyred 4 Sound mPRE Stereo Preamp/DAC Reviewed

Wyred 4 Sound mPRE Stereo Preamp/DAC Reviewed

By Steven Stone

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Back in January, I reviewed Wyred 4 Sound's excellent mAMP. To form a complete system, power amplifiers like the mAMP need to be tethered to a preamp. Enter the companion model, Wyred 4 Sound's mPRE stereo preamp, which not only... Read More

 
Parasound Halo P 5 2.1-Channel Preamplifier

Parasound Halo P 5 2.1-Channel Preamplifier

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Dennis Burger finds that the Parasound Halo P 5 looks great, sounds great, even feels great. It hits just the right notes for its price point. So, while there might be some room for improvement, the Parasound is one heck of a contender. Read More

 
Raven Audio Shadow Reference Preamplifier

Raven Audio Shadow Reference Preamplifier

By Terry London

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

In the last year, many of the Internet and printed reports on the major stereo shows consistently mentioned that showrooms using Raven Audio gear powering the systems were superlative in sound. Additionally, Raven Audio equipment has received positive reviews... Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

It's that time of year again. The HomeTheaterReview.com staff has discussed all the products reviewed over the year and decided which ones rated the best. Check out our list of the best of 2013. Read More

 
Krell Phantom III Preamplifier with DAC Module

Krell Phantom III Preamplifier with DAC Module

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Krell's Phantom III preamplifier is the company's first foray into DAC-equipped preamplifiers. HomeTheaterReview.com writer Brian Kahn tests the Phantom III out to see how they did. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

It's that time of year again. The Home Theater Review staff has looked over all of the year's impressive offerings - of which there were many - and narrowed it down to what they believe to be the best of 2012. Read More