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Metaxas Solitaire Power Amp and Marquise Preamp Reviewed

Metaxas Solitaire Power Amp and Marquise Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The Metaxas Marquise is a two-box preamp that is completely dual mono. Placement is critical to get the best from the Marquise. It needs to be well away from any mains power supplies and your cable choices will have a big influence on the quality of the overall sound. Read More

 
Sinfonia Preamp and Amp Reviewed

Sinfonia Preamp and Amp Reviewed

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Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

Made by Musical Fidelity exclusively for the Korean hi-fi community, the Sinfonia Preamp is a purist product designed to deliver maximum fidelity and minimum frills. With elegant looks and a surprisingly low price, too bad you'll never see it outside of Korea. Read More

 
Gryphon Limited Edition Preamp Reviewed

Gryphon Limited Edition Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Danish audio at its best, the Gryphon Limited Edition preamp lives up to its name. Visually stunning with six distinct chassis and a 24-step passive resistor network that must be hand-assembled, Gryphon proves they can make a world-class preamp. Read More

 
Da Vinci Typhoon Preamp Reviewed

Da Vinci Typhoon Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

A rare Anthony Michaelson-designed tube preamp, the Typhoon uses eight ECC8 tubes in a parallel cascade output configuration. With clean minimalist yet elegant lines the Typhoon shows how elegant British hi-fi can be, Read More

 
Counterpoint SA-1000 Preamp and SA-100 Amp Reviewed

Counterpoint SA-1000 Preamp and SA-100 Amp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Counterpoint was a California-based audio manufacturer who specialized in tube gear. The SA-1000 was their entry-level preamp. It has a pair of 12AX7 and a single 6dJ8 for tubes, solid-state regulation, and a MOSFET line stage buffer. Read More

 
Rothwell Passive Preamp Reviewed

Rothwell Passive Preamp Reviewed

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Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

This British passive has six inputs and a stepped attenuator. It disappears in the signal chain, but its overall fit and finish and crude ergonomics prevent it from being a fun product to use. Is its transparency worth its operational idiosyncrasies? Read More

 
Audio Research LS2 Line Stage Preamp Reviewed

Audio Research LS2 Line Stage Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

A hybrid preamp that uses a single 6DJ8 tube and FET devices, the LS2 is one of the preamps that helped define Audio Research's reputation as the premier tube electronics manufacturer. Superb-sounding and ergonomically austere, the LS2 is a special preamp. Read More

 
Music & Sound's DCC-1 Digital Control Centre Reviewed

Music & Sound's DCC-1 Digital Control Centre Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

A digital preamp capable of handling multiple digital sources has a maximum throughput of 48/16, making it a virtual antique in the modern world of 96/24 and 192/24. But if you see one, now you'll know what it is. Read More

 
Classe DR-5 Preamp and DR-5 Power Amp Reviewed

Classe DR-5 Preamp and DR-5 Power Amp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The DR-5 is the preamp that cemented Classe's reputation as a top-echelon audio manufacturer. With adjustable gain range between 20 and 40 dB, MM and MC phono section, the DR-5 offers top-flight performance, especially in terms of dimensionality and imaging. Read More

 
Cadence PRE2 Preamp and MA2 Power Amp Reviewed

Cadence PRE2 Preamp and MA2 Power Amp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

This tube preamp has two Mullard E88CCs in the phono section, two ECC82s in the line section and two EL84 tubes in the power supply. Although the phono section is noisy, it has that tube dimensionality that LP lovers' crave. Read More