AV Preamplifier Reviews (62 Reviews)


AV Preamplifier Reviews Archives

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

Apr 17, 2003

Krell HTS 7.1 AV Preamp Reviewed

Now a discontinued model, the HTS 7.1 offers 24/96 audio performance as well as exceptional multichannel reproduction. Lacking HDMI it has become more a nostalgic piece but for those looking for a DVD-Video and DVD-Audio (or SACD) based system - this could be the answer. Continue Reading
Krell HTS 7.1 AV Preamp Reviewed

Apr 17, 2003

Atlantic Technology P-2000 AV Preamp & A-2000 7-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

From a top tier manufacturer, this now dated AV preamp offers only 5.1 channel analog inputs, which are likely fine for most even larger home theaters but its lack of HDMI functionality makes it a relic in high end home theater today. At the right price however this AV preamp could be a steal. Continue Reading
Atlantic Technology P-2000 AV Preamp & A-2000 7-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 04, 2003

Primare SP31.7 AV Preamp Reviewed

This unit has been replaced by the SP32 which allows LPCM input for the uncompressed codecs of Blu-ray. Audiophiles love the UK flavor of brands like Primare. For a full review of this surround sound processor and or a place for home theater enthusiast to read more... Continue Reading
Primare SP31.7 AV Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2002

Roxsan Capsian AV Preamp Reviewed

This is an AV preamp that never really took off in the world of real-world home theater. No longer in production it is only a historic piece. For those interested in reading further about it, check out the full review here. Continue Reading
Roxsan Capsian AV Preamp Reviewed

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