AV Preamplifier Reviews (66 Reviews)


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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

Oct 12, 2008

McIntosh Laboratories MX-136 AV Preamplifier Reviewed

This is an older McIntosh unit that was marketed towards those who needed HDMI video (only) switching but wanted the best analog sound. Those looking for exceptional analog reproduction who don't care about the new audio codecs of Blu-ray may want to read Andrew Robinson's full review here. Continue Reading
McIntosh Laboratories MX-136 AV Preamplifier Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Halcro SSP220 AV Preamplifier Reviewed

Halcro is known for their exceptional two channel pieces and their AV preamps share this quality. The SSP220 is designed for the high end audio and video enthusiast. You can read Brian Kahn's full review of this piece here despite the fact Halcro isn't currently in the U.S. market. Continue Reading
Halcro SSP220 AV Preamplifier Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Denon AVP-A1HDCI AV Preamplifier Reviewed

This Denon AV preamp offers possibly the largest feature set of any AV preamp out there. A recent upgrade from Denon also allows owners to now pass 3D video as well as utilize the latest Audyssey room correction. Read Dr. Ken Taraszka's review here. Continue Reading
Denon AVP-A1HDCI AV Preamplifier Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Classé SSP-600 AV Preamplifier Reviewed

The Classe' SSP600 is now discontinued for the SSP800 but for those looking for high end audio preamplifier performance who are willing to pass the new uncompressed codecs from their Blu-ray player in analog this is a great piece. Read Jerry Del Colliano's full review here. Continue Reading
Classé SSP-600 AV Preamplifier Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Anthem Statement D2 with ARC Room Correction Reviewed

Anthem has a huge following with their AV preamps and the Statement D2 w/ARC is the top of the line offering by them before the release of the D2v. Anthem's room correction (ARC) is one of the best available and can raise the quality of your room and thereby elevate you total systems performance. Read Dr. Ken Taraszka's full review here. Continue Reading
Anthem Statement D2 with ARC Room Correction Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Integra DTC 9.8 Home Theater Processor Reviewed

This Integra model broke the mold in AV preamps. Coming in at an insanely low price and being one of the first AV preamps to decode all the new codecs of Blu-ray and the now defunct HD-DVD this piece won a ton of fans and for good reason. Read Andrew Robinson's full review here. Continue Reading
Integra DTC 9.8 Home Theater Processor Reviewed

Sep 16, 2008

Mark Levinson No. 502 AV Preamplifer Reviewed

Mark Levinson is one of the biggest names in high end audio. While this unit is now discontinued it was only HDMI 1.1 compliant so will only accept the uncompressed codecs of Blu-ray via a player that will output LPCM, and it can't pass 3D video. Yes, these are downsides, but the analog audio performance of this piece is off the charts. Read Jerry Del Colliano's review of this unit here. Continue Reading
Mark Levinson No. 502 AV Preamplifer Reviewed

Feb 15, 2005

Anthem Statement D1 AV Preamp and P5 Amplifier Reviewed

The Anthem D1 was the premier AV preamp by the Canadian manufacturer of high end audio. While lacking most if not all video, it offered excellent audio performance. There is little to want for with this higher end preamp. Read a full review here. Continue Reading
Anthem Statement D1 AV Preamp and P5 Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 15, 2004

Simaudio Moon Stargate AV Preamp and Moon Aurora-5 Amplifier Reviewed

The Sim Audio Stargate is a discontinued piece that was Sim's entrance into the home theater world. While one of the cooler looking AV preamps it only handles composite video as a top format and is pretty dated. You can read more on this piece here. Continue Reading
Simaudio Moon Stargate AV Preamp and Moon Aurora-5 Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 15, 2004

Arcam FMJ AV8 AV Preamp Reviewed

The Arcam FMJ AV8 is another legacy piece, while offering Arcam's exceptional analog performance this piece is seriously dated with no HDMI switching much less decoding of the new codecs. It does have a 7.1 channel analog input so users could still use these new formats if they have Blu-ray players that can decode these formats to analog. Continue Reading
Arcam FMJ AV8 AV Preamp Reviewed

Apr 18, 2003

Krell Showcase AV Preamp and 7 channel Amplifier Reviewed

The Krell Showcase is a nostalgic piece that doesn't include HDMI functionality but offers solid analog audio and video performance. It's sleek lines are classic and it's sonics are well respected. Bring a little bit of Dan D'agostino into your home theater system today. Continue Reading
Krell Showcase AV Preamp and 7 channel Amplifier Reviewed

Apr 18, 2003

Integra Research RDC-7 AV Preamp Reviewed

Integra is the installer based version of Onkyo and the RDC-7 is a solid performer for the money in it's day. While not offering HDMI switching or decoding of the new uncompressed codecs offered by Blu-ray this is a piece built to last and you will see them around for some time. Read a full review here. Continue Reading
Integra Research RDC-7 AV Preamp Reviewed

Apr 17, 2003

Outlaw Audio Model 950 Preamp/Processor & Model 770 7-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

The Outlaw 950 is a budget offering of an AV preamp from one of this country's top discount makers. While their next HDMI AV preamp has been famously delayed and discontinued - read about the preamp that made the company famous here. Continue Reading
Outlaw Audio Model 950 Preamp/Processor & Model 770 7-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Apr 17, 2003

Anthem AVM-20 Version 2.0 AV Preamp Reviewed

The Anthem AVM-20 offers entry-level users a taste of the high end with plenty of flexibility and control. Solid build quality and sonics have made Anthem the name they are. Audiophiles are satisfied and home theater fans are thrilled with the performance under the hood. Continue Reading
Anthem AVM-20 Version 2.0 AV Preamp Reviewed

Apr 17, 2003

ADA Cinema Rhapsody Mach II AV Preamp Reviewed

ADA has a long history of amplifier design and manufacturing and this foray into home theater processing was necessary. The piece is dated and won't handle HDMI but for those seeking further information about this unit you can read a full review here. Continue Reading
ADA Cinema Rhapsody Mach II AV Preamp Reviewed

Apr 17, 2003

Parasound Halo C 2 Surround Processor and A 51 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Parasound is one of those companies that has been steadily churning out products that have provided intelligent engineering and... Continue Reading
Parasound Halo C 2 Surround Processor and A 51 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

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