AV Preamplifier Reviews (62 Reviews)


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Sep 05, 2011

Integra DHC-80.2 9.2 Channel AV Preamp Reviewed

The Integra DHC-80.2 is a 9.2 channel AV preamplifier that impressed Andrew Robinson, who had the unit in for review. He threw a series of tests at the DHC-80.2 and it handle them rather well, with only a few drawbacks. Continue Reading
Integra DHC-80.2 9.2 Channel AV Preamp Reviewed

Jul 04, 2011

Meridian 861V6 AV Preamp Reviewed

Home Theater Review writer Ken Taraszka tries out the Meridian 861V6 AV preamplifier in his system. It's safe to say they he was blown away by the performance that the preamp was able to offer. Continue Reading
Meridian 861V6 AV Preamp Reviewed

Jun 13, 2011

Onkyo PR-SC5508 AV Preamp Reviewed

HTR reviewer Brian Kahn puts the Onkyo PR-SC5508 AV preamplifier through its paces in this review. He throws all kinds of sources and content at this preamp. Read the review to find out how the PR-SC5508 handled the test. Continue Reading
Onkyo PR-SC5508 AV Preamp Reviewed

May 16, 2011

Marantz AV7005 Home Theater Preamp Processor Reviewed

Upgrading the home theater to top performance levels requires the use of an AV preamplifier. According to reviewer Tracy Rainwater, you'd be hard pressed to find one better than the Marantz AV7005 AV preamp Continue Reading
Marantz AV7005 Home Theater Preamp Processor Reviewed

Dec 13, 2010

Arcam FMJ AV888 AV Processor Reviewed

Competing with the big boys of the mid-level AV preamps such as Classe', Anthem and the like, the Arcam FMJ AV888 is a solid performer and one highly valuable to the right user. See Ken Taraszka, MD's review here for more details. Continue Reading
Arcam FMJ AV888 AV Processor Reviewed

Dec 06, 2010

Home Theater Review's 2010 Best of Home Theater Awards

The Editors of Home Theater Review have extensively searched, reviewed, and now chosen the best of the best home theater and audio gear, HDTVs and beyond. Click through for the winners in each category from the likes of Vizio, Samsung, Sharp and many others. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's 2010 Best of Home Theater Awards

Mar 01, 2010

Cary Audio Design Cinema 11a Home Theater Processor Reviewed

Cary Audio has a long audiophile history and their newest AV preamp maintains a strong commitment to their past while offering all the new features needed for a modern home theater. Read Sean Killebrew's full review here. Continue Reading
Cary Audio Design Cinema 11a Home Theater Processor Reviewed

Dec 28, 2009

McIntosh MX-120 AV Preamp Reviewed

While now discontinued the MX-120 preamp was designed for those looking for the best two-channel performance at a budget. For those looking for solid McIntosh stereo performance and HDMI 1.0 switching this could be a good piece to won. Continue Reading
McIntosh MX-120 AV Preamp Reviewed

Dec 07, 2009

Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

Home Theater Review Editors have searched high and low, near and far, for the best products of 2009, from HDTVs to receivers, speakers to Blu-ray players, and more. Check to read the best in LED and LCD HDTV reviews here on HomeTheaterReview.com. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

Sep 21, 2009

Anthem Statement D2v with Anthem Room Correction Reviewed

The Anthem D2v is one of the most popular AV preamps in the high-end world and for good reason. It has tons of inputs, offers Anthem's own ARC room correction and plenty or flexibility. Read Andrew Robinson's full review here. Continue Reading
Anthem Statement D2v with Anthem Room Correction Reviewed

Aug 17, 2009

Classe SSP-800 AV Preamp Reviewed

This is one of the most highly regarded AV preamps made today in the mid-level field. Offering excellent audio and video performance as well as tons of flexibility and a recent HDMI 1.4 update that adds a fifth HDMI input that passes 3D it is easy to see why so many reviewers use this piece in their system. Jerry Del Colliano is one such review, and click here to see al his thoughts on this piece. Continue Reading
Classe SSP-800 AV Preamp Reviewed

May 17, 2009

Lexicon MC-12 HD Music & Cinema Processor Reviewed

Lexicon's long run with top end digital processing is exemplified in the MC 12-HD. Offering HDMI switching and a ton of control flexibility this is a highly regarded piece. Read HTR's managing editor Andrew Robinson's review here as Harman just dropped the price on the current unit. Continue Reading
Lexicon MC-12 HD Music & Cinema Processor Reviewed

Apr 06, 2009

Krell Evolution 707 AV Preamp Reviewed

When you want the best and have the funds to pay for it, there are few AV preamps to consider. The Krell Evo 707, the Meridian 861v6, the Theta Casablanca and the Mark Levinson 502. See Ken Taraszka, MD's full review of the Krell Evo 707 here to see if it is the right one for your top of the line theater. Continue Reading
Krell Evolution 707 AV Preamp Reviewed

Mar 10, 2009

Parasound P7 7.1 Channel Analog Preamplifier Reviewed

This is Parasound's answer to the audio and home theater purist, being simply a multi-channel analog preamp it allows for bass management and HDMI switching with their own external switcher. This could be the answer for the audio purist. To see if this is for you, check out Andrew Robinson's full review here. Continue Reading
Parasound P7 7.1 Channel Analog Preamplifier Reviewed

Feb 12, 2009

Marantz AV8003 AV Preamplifier Reviewed

Marantz pulled out all the stops when they made the AV8003 AV preamp. Based on the SR8003 receiver platform they pulled out the amp section and added balanced outputs to allow this piece to handle even ultra high-end theaters. While now replaced by the AV7005 this is still a solid unit and those interested in it can read Brian Kahn's full review here. Continue Reading
Marantz AV8003 AV Preamplifier Reviewed

Feb 10, 2009

Meridian 861 Version 4 AV Preamplifier Reviewed

This piece is truly one of the finest AV preamps ever made offering tons of flexibility and a sonic level rarely achieved in lesser gear. Check out Jerry Del Colliano's full review of this piece, but be warned, you likely will want to sell a kidney to get one. Continue Reading
Meridian 861 Version 4 AV Preamplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Lexicon DC1 AV Preamp Reviewed

While now only a legacy piece the DC-1 was one of the pieces that made the Lexicon name. For those looking for a value priced used AV preamp on the used market - you've found the right AV preamp. Read the HomeTheaterReview.com review here. Continue Reading
Lexicon DC1 AV Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta Casablanca AV Preamp Reviewed

The Theta Casablanca has been one of the preeminent AV preamplifiers since it came out many years ago. Theta has kept it current through an upgrade path that now extends to HDMI 1.4 allowing it to be one of the elite units to handle 3D. Read a full review here. Continue Reading
Theta Casablanca AV Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Lexicon MC-1 AV Preamp Reviewed

The best-known Lexicon AV preamp and one that has gone through several iterations is the MC-1. This unit has been around for a long time and has been updated both via firmware and hardware over the years. Check out the full review here. Continue Reading
Lexicon MC-1 AV Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Musical Fidelity HTP/HT6000 AV Preamp Reviewed

A legacy piece the Music Fidelity is only 5.1 capable and no longer produced but did offer solid audio performance for those looking for a smaller home theater and two-channel system. Read a full review here. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity HTP/HT6000 AV Preamp Reviewed

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