Stereo Preamplifier Reviews (97 Reviews)


Home Theater Review's Best of 2019 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2019 Awards

As 2019 comes to a close, we at HomeTheaterReview.com look back at all the products we reviewed this year and pick the best of the bunch, from affordable favorites to flagship products that make us drool. Continue Reading

Stereo Preamplifier Reviews

While many audio enthusiasts may be moving toward multichannel audio, there is still a strong market for high-quality two-channel (stereo) electronics among audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts alike. A stereo preamp provides audio switching and signal processing only, without amplification. (A stereo receiver, meanwhile, adds both amplification and AM/FM tuning.) Generally speaking, a stereo preamp won’t have all the bells and whistles found on the latest AV preamp or AV receiver, but these days you can find features like iPod connectivity, built-in DACs, Bluetooth capability, subwoofer outs, home theater pass-through, and (in some rare occasions) even HDMI video support. Check out our review archive below to read about the hottest electronics in the two-channel world.

Tubes, solid state, phono preamps and anything with a volume control is reviewed on this vast resource page.

Stereo Preamplifier Reviews Archives

Sep 23, 2019

Technics SU-G700 Stereo Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Technics is a brand that has been with us seemingly forever, and as a result there is no shortage of... Continue Reading
Technics SU-G700 Stereo Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Sep 16, 2019

D'Agostino Progression Preamplifier Reviewed

Brian says the D'Agostino Progression Preamplifier went above and beyond his sonic expectations, delivering the warmth of tubes without the headaches associated with tubes. Continue Reading
D'Agostino Progression Preamplifier Reviewed

Jul 22, 2019

Naim Uniti Nova All-in-one Media Player Reviewed

World populations are increasingly moving from rural to urban centers, making for larger cities with greater population density than ever... Continue Reading
Naim Uniti Nova All-in-one Media Player Reviewed

Jul 15, 2019

Krell K-300i Integrated Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

There are few things in the AV market right now that excite me quite so much as the melding of... Continue Reading
Krell K-300i Integrated Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Jun 19, 2019

Schiit Audio Freya Preamplifier Reviewed

[[Editor's note: as we were going to publication with this review, Schiit announced two new versions of its Freya preamp:... Continue Reading
Schiit Audio Freya Preamplifier Reviewed

Jun 12, 2019

Cambridge Audio Edge NQ Preamplifier with Network Player

When a manufacturer considers adding a new product to its lineup, there are essentially three options: replace an older product... Continue Reading
Cambridge Audio Edge NQ Preamplifier with Network Player

Dec 17, 2018

Anthem STR Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

The category of preamps has changed a lot in the past decade or so. On the AV side of the... Continue Reading
Anthem STR Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Dec 10, 2018

Home Theater Review's Best of 2018 Awards

Here at the end of 2018, we at HomeTheaterReview.com look back at all the products we reviewed this year and pick the best of the bunch, from budget favorites to aspirational flagship products. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2018 Awards

Nov 21, 2018

Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL Preamplifier

Terry London praises this new stereo preamp for its beautiful chassis, great ergonomics, rich organic timbres, and holographic imaging. Continue Reading
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL Preamplifier

Mar 28, 2018

Mark Levinson ? 526 Preamplifier/DAC Reviewed

Mark Levinson. The brand represents the pinnacle of automotive and home audio luxury. The company's products are meticulously engineered, and... Continue Reading
Mark Levinson ? 526 Preamplifier/DAC Reviewed

Dec 18, 2017

Home Theater Review's Best of 2017 Awards

It's that time of year again--when the HomeTheaterReview.com staff looks at all of the products we reviewed this year and picks the best of the best. We've tried to hit all the product categories and price points. We hope you enjoy our Best of 2017 list. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2017 Awards

Sep 25, 2017

Audio Research LS28 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Ben Shyman auditions the LS28 line-stage preamplifier from Audio Research Corporation's Foundation Series. This $7,500 preamp utilizes four 6H30 tubes in its analog circuit and features balanced and unbalanced connections. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS28 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Sep 04, 2017

Pass Labs HPA-1 Stereo Preamplifier/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

In this week's featured review, we explore the HPA-1 from Pass Labs. The HPA-1 is a solid-state analog stereo preamplifier and a headphone amplifier with an MSRP of $3,500. Continue Reading
Pass Labs HPA-1 Stereo Preamplifier/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 21, 2016

Wadia di122 Digital Audio Decoder Reviewed

Founded nearly 20 years ago, Wadia is now part of the McIntosh Group that owns �ber-high-end audiophile brands such as... Continue Reading
Wadia di122 Digital Audio Decoder Reviewed

Dec 05, 2016

Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

'Tis the season for Home Theater Review's annual best-of list, where we select the best products we've reviewed in the past 12 months. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

May 25, 2016

Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 Preamplifier/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

Terry London reviews the MicroZOTL2.0 from Linear Tube Audio. To say he was wowed by this tube-based preamplifier/headphone amplifier combination would be an understatement. Continue Reading
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 Preamplifier/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

Mar 14, 2016

Rotel RC-1590 Stereo Preamplifier and RB-1590 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Greg Handy reviews the new RC-1590 stereo preamp and RB-1590 stereo amplifier from Rotel. See how the dynamic duo performs in this week's featured review. Continue Reading
Rotel RC-1590 Stereo Preamplifier and RB-1590 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Mar 09, 2016

Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Terry London reviews the Rhumba 1.1 stereo preamp from Backert Lab, which delivers much of the performance of the higher-end Rhythm 1.1 at less than half the cost. Continue Reading
Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Dec 30, 2015

Raven Audio Cirrus Tube Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

A couple of months ago, I attended the Chicago Audiophile Society meeting that was held at Toska Audio, located in... Continue Reading
Raven Audio Cirrus Tube Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Dec 07, 2015

Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

It's that time of year again--time for the HomeTheaterReview.com staff to pick the products that we feel represent the best of the best from all of our 2015 reviews. We've covered a variety of categories and price points. See if your faves made the list. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

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