Stereo Preamplifier Reviews (93 Reviews)


Stereo Preamplifier Reviews Archives

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

Jan 12, 2009

Audio Research LS26 Preamplifier Reviewed

Resting amidst the middle of the family tree the LS26 form Audio Research doesn't suffer from middle child syndrome for it isn't easily overlooked thanks in part to its classic good looks, large digital display, remote control operation and superb sonic character. Oh, and don't forget it's rather affordable by reference standards. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS26 Preamplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Quad II Reissue Preamp Reviewed

The Quad II Reissue Preamp is a modernized re-release of Quad's original classic, the II preamp, for those unwilling to take a leap of faith on the vintage original. Looking virtually identical and featuring many of the same parts-not to mention tube compliment, the Quad II Reissue Preamp retains all the magic that made the original so timeless. Continue Reading
Quad II Reissue Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Unison Research Mystery One Preamp Reviewed

The Unison Research Mystery One Preamplifier is one of those esoteric audiophile offerings that will excite some, confuse others and remain a mystery to most. Home Theater Review got its hands on a prototype model and put it through its paces and found it to be a unique, though polite performer. Continue Reading
Unison Research Mystery One Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Marantz Model 7 Reviewed

While it may look vintage and original the Model 7 from Marantz, like the Quad II Reissue, is a newly manufactured throwback designed to give audiophiles a taste of the golden age if they were unable to enjoy it the first go-round. Continue Reading
Marantz Model 7 Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Beard BB 30-60 Integrated Amp Reviewed

There isn't much to say about the Beard BB 30-60 Integrated Amplifier from designer Bill Beard because frankly his products are so esoteric and exclusive they're akin to catching a glimpse of a snow leopard in the wild. With its retro styling and classic tube configuration the BB 30-60 is sure to please the audiophile lucky enough to find one in the wild. Continue Reading
Beard BB 30-60 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research LS25 Preamp Reviewed

Audio Research has been making some of the finest preamplifiers the industry has ever known for years and like many top luxury car brands they've taken their best and allowed it to "trickle down" to less expensive products such as the LS25 reviewed here, possessing reference like performance at a fraction of the cost. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS25 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista Preamp Reviewed

While unique in shape and style the Nu-Vista isn't unique in the way it sounds, which Home Theater Review found to be exceptional. While it's configuration may prove to be challenging in some systems there's no mistaking its audiophile soul for anything other than musical. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Marantz PM-17 Preamp Reviewed

While Marantz may be largely focused on home theater products as of late there's still an audiophile heart beating within the manufacturer's walls evident in the release of their PM-17 preamp, which captures a lot of the classic Marantz magic but in a far more modern design. Continue Reading
Marantz PM-17 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research LS8 Preamp Reviewed

The all-tube LS8 line stage from Audio Research is the brands entry-level audiophile preamp though you wouldn't know it from its superb musicality and soul, not to mention its vast array of inputs and options. While it may not be quite up to par with Audio Researches famous Ref 5 the LS8 is no slouch. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS8 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Graaf 13.5B II Preamp Review

A somewhat affordable reference leader from Italy the Graff 13.5B II is the update to their well reviewed, though rarely seen, 13.5B. Competing against the likes of Audio Research and Conrad Johnson the Graff preamp is a tube-based design with solid-state capabilities according to Home Theater Review. Continue Reading
Graaf 13.5B II Preamp Review

Jan 11, 2009

Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 300 Preamp Reviewed

Musical Fidelity is one of those brands that seems to go in and out of fashion with American audiophiles, one minute Musical Fidelity is here and the next it isn't, still there's one Music Fidelity product line all audiophiles can agree is simply awesome and that is their Nu-Vista line, anchored by the 300 Preamp reviewed here. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 300 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sugden Masterclass Preamp and Mono Amps Reviewed

If there were ever an esoteric combination of electronics to grace the pages of Home Theater Review the Sugden Masterclass Preamplifier and Monaural Amplifier would be it. Like spying Loch Ness or being abducted by Aliens the Sugden Masterclass is a rare audiophile combo that not many have heard or even know about. Continue Reading
Sugden Masterclass Preamp and Mono Amps Reviewed

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