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Cary Audio SLP-98L Preamplifier Reviewed

Cary Audio SLP-98L Preamplifier Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The retro good looks of the Cary SLP-98L feature exposed vacuum tubes, and hand-soldered point-to-point wiring. With stunning sonics the SLP-98L rates high on the performance to price ratio. The reviewer was so impressed by the SLP-98L that they bought one. Read More

 
Decware CSP2 Zen Triode Preamplifier Reviewed

Decware CSP2 Zen Triode Preamplifier Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Chances are you haven't heard of Decware or their tiny CSP2 Zen Preamplifier, which is a shame for it's one of the best preamps available at any price only it doesn't cost all that much-try under a grand. If you can live with only two inputs and no remote control the CSP2 is not only a bargain it's hard to beat-period. Read More

 
Mark Levinson No. 326S Preamp Reviewed

Mark Levinson No. 326S Preamp Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Mark Levinson needs no introduction and their No 326S may just be the best preamplifier they've ever made though it may also be their last for Mark Levinson has undergone a series of changes as of late that have put the marquee in a state of flux, making the No. 326S all the more special for it may just represent the last of a dynasty. Read More

 
Krell Evolution 222 Preamplifier Reviewed

Krell Evolution 222 Preamplifier Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Krell's only single-chassis preamplifier, the 222, makes a good argument for less is more. With a sound that even after one hour was great, and after 24 hours downright salacious, the 222 proved itself to be among the elite single-chassis preamps on earth. Read More

 
Conrad-Johnson ET2 Preamplifier Reviewed

Conrad-Johnson ET2 Preamplifier Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Aside from Audio Research and McIntosh there isn't a more renowned US based electronics manufacturer then Conrad Johnson. Their latest ET2 preamplfier sits in the middle of Conrad Johnson's lineup of preamps resting comfortably between their entry level Classic and CT5. Read More

 
Conrad-Johnson Classic Preamplifier Reviewed

Conrad-Johnson Classic Preamplifier Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

We've all been there, lusting after a manufacturer's flagship effort only to realize we, ourselves, don't have the funds necessary to obtain it. Well, Conrad Johnson has introduced their new Classic line of products, including their Classic Preamplifier that hopes to give audiophiles on a budget a taste of the high-end without the high-end price tag. Read More

 
Cary Audio SLP-05 Preamplifier Reviewed

Cary Audio SLP-05 Preamplifier Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Cary Audio has been making some of the finest tube based audiophile electronics for years and their new, two chassis, SLP-05 is their best preamp to date according to Home Theater Review writer Jim Swantko who not only gushed over it he bought it. Read More

 
Audio Research LS17 Preamp Reviewed

Audio Research LS17 Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Audio Research's $6000 line-only preamp delivers consummate performance with its 104-step volume control, two 6H30 twin triode tubes and hybrid JFET/tube output stage. With nearly all the detail retrieval and openness of the REF 3, the LS17 is a surefire winner. Read More

 
Audio Research LS26 Preamplifier Reviewed

Audio Research LS26 Preamplifier Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Resting amidst the middle of the family tree the LS26 form Audio Research doesn't suffer from middle child syndrome for it isn't easily overlooked thanks in part to its classic good looks, large digital display, remote control operation and superb sonic character. Oh, and don't forget it's rather affordable by reference standards. Read More

 
Quad II Reissue Preamp Reviewed

Quad II Reissue Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The Quad II Reissue Preamp is a modernized re-release of Quad's original classic, the II preamp, for those unwilling to take a leap of faith on the vintage original. Looking virtually identical and featuring many of the same parts-not to mention tube compliment, the Quad II Reissue Preamp retains all the magic that made the original so timeless. Read More