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Stereo Preamplifier Reviews

While the industry and enthusiasts alike may be moving towards multi-channel audio and home theater there is still a huge market for quality two channel (stereo) preamplifiers among audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts alike. While today's modern stereo preamplifier may not have all the bells and whistles of their AV processor counterparts they're hardly out of touch, with many possessing features such as iPod connectivity, built-in DACs, Bluetooth capability, subwoofer outs, home theater passthrough and, in some rare occasions, even HDMI video support. Sure they may not decode Dolby TrueHD or DTS Master Audio but if you're looking to get the most out of your extensive LP, CD and even digital music collection, a dedicated stereo preamp is still the best way to go.

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Unison Research Mystery One Preamp Reviewed

Unison Research Mystery One Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The Unison Research Mystery One Preamplifier is one of those esoteric audiophile offerings that will excite some, confuse others and remain a mystery to most. Home Theater Review got its hands on a prototype model and put it through its paces and found it to be a unique, though polite performer. Read More

 
Marantz Model 7 Reviewed

Marantz Model 7 Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

While it may look vintage and original the Model 7 from Marantz, like the Quad II Reissue, is a newly manufactured throwback designed to give audiophiles a taste of the golden age if they were unable to enjoy it the first go-round. Read More

 
Beard BB 30-60 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Beard BB 30-60 Integrated Amp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

There isn't much to say about the Beard BB 30-60 Integrated Amplifier from designer Bill Beard because frankly his products are so esoteric and exclusive they're akin to catching a glimpse of a snow leopard in the wild. With its retro styling and classic tube configuration the BB 30-60 is sure to please the audiophile lucky enough to find one in the wild. Read More

 
Audio Research LS25 Preamp Reviewed

Audio Research LS25 Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Audio Research has been making some of the finest preamplifiers the industry has ever known for years and like many top luxury car brands they've taken their best and allowed it to "trickle down" to less expensive products such as the LS25 reviewed here, possessing reference like performance at a fraction of the cost. Read More

 
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista Preamp Reviewed

Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

While unique in shape and style the Nu-Vista isn't unique in the way it sounds, which Home Theater Review found to be exceptional. While it's configuration may prove to be challenging in some systems there's no mistaking its audiophile soul for anything other than musical. Read More

 
Marantz PM-17 Preamp Reviewed

Marantz PM-17 Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

While Marantz may be largely focused on home theater products as of late there's still an audiophile heart beating within the manufacturer's walls evident in the release of their PM-17 preamp, which captures a lot of the classic Marantz magic but in a far more modern design. Read More

 
Audio Research LS8 Preamp Reviewed

Audio Research LS8 Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The all-tube LS8 line stage from Audio Research is the brands entry-level audiophile preamp though you wouldn't know it from its superb musicality and soul, not to mention its vast array of inputs and options. While it may not be quite up to par with Audio Researches famous Ref 5 the LS8 is no slouch. Read More

 
Graaf 13.5B II Preamp Review

Graaf 13.5B II Preamp Review

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

A somewhat affordable reference leader from Italy the Graff 13.5B II is the update to their well reviewed, though rarely seen, 13.5B. Competing against the likes of Audio Research and Conrad Johnson the Graff preamp is a tube-based design with solid-state capabilities according to Home Theater Review. Read More

 
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 300 Preamp Reviewed

Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 300 Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Musical Fidelity is one of those brands that seems to go in and out of fashion with American audiophiles, one minute Musical Fidelity is here and the next it isn't, still there's one Music Fidelity product line all audiophiles can agree is simply awesome and that is their Nu-Vista line, anchored by the 300 Preamp reviewed here. Read More

 
Sugden Masterclass Preamp and Mono Amps Reviewed

Sugden Masterclass Preamp and Mono Amps Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

If there were ever an esoteric combination of electronics to grace the pages of Home Theater Review the Sugden Masterclass Preamplifier and Monaural Amplifier would be it. Like spying Loch Ness or being abducted by Aliens the Sugden Masterclass is a rare audiophile combo that not many have heard or even know about. Read More