Stereo Preamplifier Reviews (85 Reviews)


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Dec 05, 2011

Home Theater Review's 2011 Best Of Awards

For a third time, the editorial staff of Home Theater Review have examined the year's offerings in AV gear and decided what they deem to be the best in every category. Find out who is the best of the best. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's 2011 Best Of Awards

Nov 28, 2011

Audio Research Corporation 40th Anniversary Reference Preamp Reviewed

Audio Research is a company with a long and respected history in the audiophile world. To honor that history the company created the 40th Anniversary Reference Preamp. Does the amp do Audio Research's legacy justice? Ken Taraszka investigates. Continue Reading
Audio Research Corporation 40th Anniversary Reference Preamp Reviewed

Apr 18, 2011

McIntosh C500 Preamplifier Reviewed

McIntosh continues to offer beautiful, albeit expensive components, with the McIntosh C500 stereo preamplifier. But is it worth its price tag? Reviewer Brian Kahn put the C500 to the test to find out Continue Reading
McIntosh C500 Preamplifier Reviewed

Mar 28, 2011

Classe Omega Pre-Amplifier MKIII Reviewed

Managing Editor Andrew Robinson appreciates the simplicity and quality of the Classé Omega Pre-Amplifier MKIII preamp. It may not have all the bells and whistles of the latest preamplifiers, but what is does have is something far more important. Continue Reading
Classe Omega Pre-Amplifier MKIII Reviewed

Dec 29, 2010

Parasound Halo P3 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

How many near state-of-the-art preamps are priced under $800? The Halo P3 is on that short list. The P3 is musical, involving, has a built-in phono stage, and is as easy to use as a light switch. It's also one of Andrew Robinson's all-time favorite preamplifiers. Continue Reading
Parasound Halo P3 Stereo Preamplifier 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

Oct 26, 2010

Krell Evolution 202 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

The middle of the line Evolution 202 which, in Jerry Del Colliano's opinion, is the 202 is "nothing short of breathtaking." With its 16-bit balanced resistor ladder analog volume the 202 is the preamp of your dreams for only $15,000. Continue Reading
Krell Evolution 202 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Jun 28, 2010

Audio Research Corporation Ref 5 Preamp Reviewed

There are stereo preamplifiers and then there is the Ref 5 from Audio Research, a US based company, who knows a thing or two about making two-channel gear audiophile's crave for they've been at it since the beginning and their latest creation, the Ref 5, is their best yet. Continue Reading
Audio Research Corporation Ref 5 Preamp Reviewed

Feb 01, 2010

Parasound Halo JC 2 Preamplifier Reviewed

San Francisco based Parasound and famed designer John Curl go together like peanut butter a jelly for the two have had a hugely successful partnership for years, which culminated in the creation of Parasound's lauded Halo line of products, all of which Curl had a hand in, and the hugely popular JC 2 Preamplifier reviewed here. Continue Reading
Parasound Halo JC 2 Preamplifier 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

Oct 31, 2009

Conrad Johnson CT5 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

For half the price of their flagship model, the CT5 delivers much of the same sonics. With its lush midrange and large detailed soundstage, the CT-5 delivers exceptional performance through its single-ended only outputs. Continue Reading
Conrad Johnson CT5 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Oct 27, 2009

Audio Research Reference 3 Preamplifier Reviewed

Superlatives tend to abound in any review of an Audio Research component, but the Reference 3 is special even among Audio Research preamps. Astoundingly good, it can serve as the heart of a truly exceptional audio system. Continue Reading
Audio Research Reference 3 Preamplifier Reviewed

Oct 27, 2009

Cary Audio SLP-98L Preamplifier Reviewed

The retro good looks of the Cary SLP-98L feature exposed vacuum tubes, and hand-soldered point-to-point wiring. With stunning sonics the SLP-98L rates high on the performance to price ratio. The reviewer was so impressed by the SLP-98L that they bought one. Continue Reading
Cary Audio SLP-98L Preamplifier Reviewed

Sep 11, 2009

Decware CSP2 Zen Triode Preamplifier Reviewed

Chances are you haven't heard of Decware or their tiny CSP2 Zen Preamplifier, which is a shame for it's one of the best preamps available at any price only it doesn't cost all that much-try under a grand. If you can live with only two inputs and no remote control the CSP2 is not only a bargain it's hard to beat-period. Continue Reading
Decware CSP2 Zen Triode Preamplifier Reviewed

Sep 11, 2009

Mark Levinson No. 326S Preamp Reviewed

Mark Levinson needs no introduction and their No 326S may just be the best preamplifier they've ever made though it may also be their last for Mark Levinson has undergone a series of changes as of late that have put the marquee in a state of flux, making the No. 326S all the more special for it may just represent the last of a dynasty. Continue Reading
Mark Levinson No. 326S Preamp Reviewed

Sep 07, 2009

Krell Evolution 222 Preamplifier Reviewed

Krell's only single-chassis preamplifier, the 222, makes a good argument for less is more. With a sound that even after one hour was great, and after 24 hours downright salacious, the 222 proved itself to be among the elite single-chassis preamps on earth. Continue Reading
Krell Evolution 222 Preamplifier Reviewed

Aug 24, 2009

Conrad-Johnson ET2 Preamplifier Reviewed

Aside from Audio Research and McIntosh there isn't a more renowned US based electronics manufacturer then Conrad Johnson. Their latest ET2 preamplfier sits in the middle of Conrad Johnson's lineup of preamps resting comfortably between their entry level Classic and CT5. Continue Reading
Conrad-Johnson ET2 Preamplifier Reviewed

Aug 20, 2009

Conrad-Johnson Classic Preamplifier Reviewed

We've all been there, lusting after a manufacturer's flagship effort only to realize we, ourselves, don't have the funds necessary to obtain it. Well, Conrad Johnson has introduced their new Classic line of products, including their Classic Preamplifier that hopes to give audiophiles on a budget a taste of the high-end without the high-end price tag. Continue Reading
Conrad-Johnson Classic Preamplifier Reviewed

Aug 17, 2009

Cary Audio SLP-05 Preamplifier Reviewed

Cary Audio has been making some of the finest tube based audiophile electronics for years and their new, two chassis, SLP-05 is their best preamp to date according to Home Theater Review writer Jim Swantko who not only gushed over it he bought it. Continue Reading
Cary Audio SLP-05 Preamplifier Reviewed

Feb 20, 2009

Audio Research LS17 Preamp Reviewed

Audio Research's $6000 line-only preamp delivers consummate performance with its 104-step volume control, two 6H30 twin triode tubes and hybrid JFET/tube output stage. With nearly all the detail retrieval and openness of the REF 3, the LS17 is a surefire winner. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS17 Preamp Reviewed

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