Stereo Preamplifier Reviews (93 Reviews)


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Feb 14, 1992

Metaxas Solitaire Power Amp and Marquise Preamp Reviewed

The Metaxas Marquise is a two-box preamp that is completely dual mono. Placement is critical to get the best from the Marquise. It needs to be well away from any mains power supplies and your cable choices will have a big influence on the quality of the overall sound. Continue Reading
Metaxas Solitaire Power Amp and Marquise Preamp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Sinfonia Preamp and Amp Reviewed

Made by Musical Fidelity exclusively for the Korean hi-fi community, the Sinfonia Preamp is a purist product designed to deliver maximum fidelity and minimum frills. With elegant looks and a surprisingly low price, too bad you'll never see it outside of Korea. Continue Reading
Sinfonia Preamp and Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Gryphon Limited Edition Preamp Reviewed

Danish audio at its best, the Gryphon Limited Edition preamp lives up to its name. Visually stunning with six distinct chassis and a 24-step passive resistor network that must be hand-assembled, Gryphon proves they can make a world-class preamp. Continue Reading
Gryphon Limited Edition Preamp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Da Vinci Typhoon Preamp Reviewed

A rare Anthony Michaelson-designed tube preamp, the Typhoon uses eight ECC8 tubes in a parallel cascade output configuration. With clean minimalist yet elegant lines the Typhoon shows how elegant British hi-fi can be, Continue Reading
Da Vinci Typhoon Preamp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Counterpoint SA-1000 Preamp and SA-100 Amp Reviewed

Counterpoint was a California-based audio manufacturer who specialized in tube gear. The SA-1000 was their entry-level preamp. It has a pair of 12AX7 and a single 6dJ8 for tubes, solid-state regulation, and a MOSFET line stage buffer. Continue Reading
Counterpoint SA-1000 Preamp and SA-100 Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Rothwell Passive Preamp Reviewed

This British passive has six inputs and a stepped attenuator. It disappears in the signal chain, but its overall fit and finish and crude ergonomics prevent it from being a fun product to use. Is its transparency worth its operational idiosyncrasies? Continue Reading
Rothwell Passive Preamp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Audio Research LS2 Line Stage Preamp Reviewed

A hybrid preamp that uses a single 6DJ8 tube and FET devices, the LS2 is one of the preamps that helped define Audio Research's reputation as the premier tube electronics manufacturer. Superb-sounding and ergonomically austere, the LS2 is a special preamp. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS2 Line Stage Preamp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Music & Sound's DCC-1 Digital Control Centre Reviewed

A digital preamp capable of handling multiple digital sources has a maximum throughput of 48/16, making it a virtual antique in the modern world of 96/24 and 192/24. But if you see one, now you'll know what it is. Continue Reading
Music & Sound's DCC-1 Digital Control Centre Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Classe DR-5 Preamp and DR-5 Power Amp Reviewed

The DR-5 is the preamp that cemented Classe's reputation as a top-echelon audio manufacturer. With adjustable gain range between 20 and 40 dB, MM and MC phono section, the DR-5 offers top-flight performance, especially in terms of dimensionality and imaging. Continue Reading
Classe DR-5 Preamp and DR-5 Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Cadence PRE2 Preamp and MA2 Power Amp Reviewed

This tube preamp has two Mullard E88CCs in the phono section, two ECC82s in the line section and two EL84 tubes in the power supply. Although the phono section is noisy, it has that tube dimensionality that LP lovers' crave. Continue Reading
Cadence PRE2 Preamp and MA2 Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Gryphon Audiophile Preamp Reviewed

Beautifully made and packed with quality hardware such as Swiss 24-position passive resistor, WBT connectors, and Wima caps. The Gryphon handles MM and MM carts via special boards that allow you to dial in the gain to your requirements. Continue Reading
Gryphon Audiophile Preamp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Air Tight ATC-1 Preamp and ATM-1 Power Amp Reviewed

The ATC-1 was Airtight's first preamp introduced to the US and UK markets. With one of the most gloriously lush and musical presentations this side of Jadis, the ATC-1 delivers that tube sound without the tube noise. Continue Reading
Air Tight ATC-1 Preamp and ATM-1 Power Amp Reviewed

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