Stereo Preamplifier Reviews (84 Reviews)


Stereo Preamplifier Reviews Archives

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

Jan 11, 2009

EAR EAR864 Preamp Reviewed

EAR makers of some pretty fine tube based audio components have released their latest preamplifier, creatively dubbed the EAR864, from creator Tim de Paravicini, one of audiophillia's heroes and more legendary European designers. Continue Reading
EAR EAR864 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Croft Vitale Preamp Reviewed

We don't hear a whole lot about boutique style products from across the pond to often for here in the US we have our own icons such as Audio Research, McIntosh and Conrad Johnson. Still, for those with a more adventurous spirit and a worldview there's always Croft and their new Vitale Preamplifier. Continue Reading
Croft Vitale Preamp Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Audio Research LS16 Preamp Reviewed

Audio Research is on a tare, by which I mean a streak of quality, affordable, tube amps and preamps, which now includes the LS16 preamplifier reviewed here. Born from the now infamous Ref 1 the LS16 is a whole lot of preamp goodness for not a whole lot of money as Home Theater Review found out first hand. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS16 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Research SP16 Tube Preamp Reviewed

The SP16 from Audio Research is a bit of a departure for the Minneapolis based brand in that it lacks a lot of Audio Research's trademark visual style, possessing no chunky black rack handles or WWII era control knobs. However it does sport a fancy new remote and connection options not usually seen on a tube based preamplifier at its price. Continue Reading
Audio Research SP16 Tube Preamp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

NAD PP-2 Phono Preamp Reviewed

NAD is known for its ultra-high value proposition and their PP-2 phono preamp is no exception. For those looking to add an affordable yet highly respectable phono stage to their audiophile rig without Ebaying a kidney - read this review as we have your solution. Continue Reading
NAD PP-2 Phono Preamp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Jadis JPS8 Preamp and JA50 Power Amp Reviewed

Say what you will about the French they do know how to make audiophile components evident in French based manufacturer Jadis' latest offering the JPS8 two-channel preamplifier and the matching JA50 power amplifier. Both tube based designs and sporting gold chassis the Jadis combo is pure magic for those with the means to afford them. Continue Reading
Jadis JPS8 Preamp and JA50 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Research PH5 Phono Preamp Reviewed

Sometimes having a preamplifier with a built-in phono stage isn't tweaky enough or dedicated enough for a true audiophile. Sometimes your beloved turntable requires it's own preamp, which is precisely why Audio Research has designed and released the PH5. Continue Reading
Audio Research PH5 Phono Preamp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Marantz SC-7S1 Preamp and MA-9S1 Amp Reviewed

Marantz was a dominant force in the high-end space all throughout the golden age of two-channel playback though in recent years they've become a dominant force among the budget home theater set. Not anymore, for with the release of their new reference line and products such as the SC-7S1 and MA-9S1 reviewed here... Continue Reading
Marantz SC-7S1 Preamp and MA-9S1 Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Nagra PL-L Preamp and PMA Mono Amps Reviewed

To many well-off audiophiles Nagra is a brand without fault. To others, Nagra is a brand that is weird looking, too expensive and far to esoteric to even be considered. However, the fact remains that they make some of the finest audiophile components and we came away impressed by the PL-L and PMA combo reviewed here. Continue Reading
Nagra PL-L Preamp and PMA Mono Amps Reviewed

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