Preamplifier Reviews

Anthem STR preamplifier and power amplifier premium
Encased in a simple but robust cabinet, the STR series has refreshingly different looks, but these components also distinguish themselves from the masses in terms of sound.
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Aries Cerat Heléne DAC and Incito S preamp premium
When you frequently review products, and especially when the target is usually the high-end segment, true surprises are few and far between. So, it's a treat when a product comes along that truly brings something new to the table.
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Audio GD R8 DAC, Master 1 preamp, Master 3 power amp, and Magna Hifi ACSS cables premium
Designed and built in China, Audio GD products provide serious competition for much higher priced European or American gear. Part 1 contains the introduction, info about Magna Hifi and a description of the performance of the complete Audio GD system.
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15 April 2017
Ayon Orbis tube preamp – Mini Review premium
Physically huge preamp with solid operation and powerful sound
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27 January 2020
CH Precision L1 Preamplifier premium
The L1 is easily the most highly resolving and most transparent preamp that I have heard. Besides, it also excels in terms of functionality, offering more user-selectable parameters than I have ever seen on a preamp before.
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Classé Delta Stereo and Delta Pre premium
The third-generation Delta product line includes the STEREO amplifier, MONO amplifiers and the PRE preamplifier with built-in DAC and streamer, and conceptually based on the CP-800. Reviewed here are the preamp and stereo power amp.
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19 July 2016
Conrad Johnson CT5 tube preamp premium
Smooth and natural sounding charmer with great dynamics
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Jeff Rowland Capri s2 and 125 pre- and power amp premium
The Capri 2s and 125 are the brand's latest and most affordable pre-power amp combo.
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15 June 2009
Jeff Rowland Coherence II compared to Synergy 1 and Synergy 2i premium
Coherence II: The legend compared to its offspring
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20 August 2013
Jeff Rowland Corus preamplifier – Part 1 premium
A new reference preamp from JRDG is always big news. Although still expensive, it costs considerably less than its forebear the Criterion.
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20 October 2016
Jeff Rowland Corus preamplifier – part 2 premium
After changing my setup, with different speakers, and on the other side of the room, the Corus deserved a second audition
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7 March 2017
Jeff Rowland Corus preamplifier + PSU (Power Storage Unit) premium
The Corus is already an excellent preamp, but when combined with the PSU its performance is raised to an insane level. Corus + PSU = heavenly refined, breathtakingly brilliant sound!
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15 April 2017
Jeff Rowland preamps compared – Coherence II, Synergy IIi, Concerto and Corus premium
Classic Rowland preamps definitely have a their charm, but the more recent models do provide new insights.
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28 August 2013
Jeff Rowland Synergy 2 premium
Placed between Synergy 1 and 2i, the Synergy 2 is a rare beast. How does it compare?
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Lejonklou Sagatun and Tundra mono and stereo pre- and power amps premium
Smooth, fluid, transparent and extremely finely detailed, they relay music with a finesse and lyricism that is rare in generic and in this price class in particular.
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Manley Labs Jumbo Shrimp, Neo-Classic 300B and Snapper premium
From an American audio brand with a long history, one might expect a  stereotypical big and ballsy "American" sound. When talking about transistors this would be maybe something in line with the classic Krell or perhaps McIntosh sound and when talking about tubes, in general, a warm, rich and juicy-liquid sound. But just like modern Audio Research tube amplifiers do not have that kind of sound, neither do the Manley products that I have on visit for review. So, what do they sound like? Read on to find out!
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NuPrime AMG-PRA with 2x AMG-STA power amplifier premium
In the initial NuPrime AMG review, I have focused mainly on the AMG-STA power amplifier. For this second installment, I have been sent a second AMG-STA power amplifier so that I can use a pair in mono-mode as well as an AMG-PRA analog preamplifier to round off the NuPrime system.
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Vermeer Audio TWO premium
Vermeer Audio is a relatively new French company that was started by a group of technicians and passionate investors that have roots in another famous French company, Audio Aero. In its curvy enclosure, the TWO houses a streaming endpoint, a DAC, and an analog tube preamp, all of superb quality.
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Zanden 8120 and 3100 premium
Combining the best of transistors and tubes while avoiding all of the typical flaws of either of these designs, these components provide technical excellence and a highly emotional performance in equal measure.
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Zesto Leto 1.5 preamp, Andros Deluxe phono, and Eros 300 mono power amps premium
Smooth and seductive, organic, big and powerful, and utterly realistic - the Zesto system does it all.
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