Stereo Preamplifier Reviews (85 Reviews)


Audio Research LS28 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

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

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 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 über-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

Aug 19, 2015

Audio Space Reference-2S Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

Terry London reviews the Reference-2S vacuum-tube preamp from Audio Space, which is based on the company's top-of-the-line Reference-2 that's built around a 300B tube. Continue Reading
Audio Space Reference-2S Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

Apr 20, 2015

Krell Illusion II Digital Stereo Preamp Reviewed

Brent Butterworth sits down with the Illusion II digital stereo preamplifier from Krell, which includes five digital inputs and a 24-bit/192-kilohertz ESS Sabre DAC. It also has four stereo analog inputs, RCA/XLR outs, and a headphone jack. Continue Reading
Krell Illusion II Digital Stereo Preamp Reviewed

Jan 07, 2015

Backert Labs Rhythm 1.1 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Terry London explores the Rhythm 1.1 stereo preamplifier from Backert Labs. This tube-based preamp includes a self-biasing circuit and easy-access tube door on the top panel that makes it very easy to experiment with different tubes. Continue Reading
Backert Labs Rhythm 1.1 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Dec 10, 2014

Oppo HA-1 DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

Steven Stone reviews Oppo Digital's HA-1, which combines an excellent headphone amplifier, a stereo preamp, and a digital-to-analog converter into one well-constructed $1,199 package. Continue Reading
Oppo HA-1 DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 01, 2014

Home Theater Review's Best of 2014 Awards

Home Theater Review presents its Best of 2014 Awards. We've surveyed all the products reviewed over the past year and selected the ones we think are the most compelling. Check out our list and see if your 2014 favorites made the grade. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2014 Awards

Jul 30, 2014

Wyred 4 Sound mPRE Stereo Preamp/DAC Reviewed

Back in January, I reviewed Wyred 4 Sound's excellent mAMP. To form a complete system, power amplifiers like the mAMP... Continue Reading
Wyred 4 Sound mPRE Stereo Preamp/DAC Reviewed

Apr 21, 2014

Parasound Halo P 5 2.1-Channel Preamplifier

Dennis Burger finds that the Parasound Halo P 5 looks great, sounds great, even feels great. It hits just the right notes for its price point. So, while there might be some room for improvement, the Parasound is one heck of a contender. Continue Reading
Parasound Halo P 5 2.1-Channel Preamplifier

Jan 29, 2014

Raven Audio Shadow Reference Preamplifier

In the last year, many of the Internet and printed reports on the major stereo shows consistently mentioned that... Continue Reading
Raven Audio Shadow Reference Preamplifier

Dec 02, 2013

Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

It's that time of year again. The HomeTheaterReview.com staff has discussed all the products reviewed over the year and decided which ones rated the best. Check out our list of the best of 2013. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

Aug 05, 2013

Krell Phantom III Preamplifier with DAC Module

Krell's Phantom III preamplifier is the company's first foray into DAC-equipped preamplifiers. HomeTheaterReview.com writer Brian Kahn tests the Phantom III out to see how they did. Continue Reading
Krell Phantom III Preamplifier with DAC Module

Dec 03, 2012

Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

It's that time of year again. The Home Theater Review staff has looked over all of the year's impressive offerings - of which there were many - and narrowed it down to what they believe to be the best of 2012. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

May 07, 2012

Classe CP-800 Stereo Preamp Processor Reviewed

The tests that Andrew Robinson put the Classe CP-800 stereo preamp processor through were extensive, encompassing stereo and multi-channel playback at a variety of resolutions. Read on to find out how the CP-800 fared. Continue Reading
Classe CP-800 Stereo Preamp Processor Reviewed

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