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Plinius - RM10 - Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: Plinius

Everything about the Reference M-10 preamplifier demonstrates Plinius’ relentless quest for designs that reveal all the detail in your music, delivered in sophisticated styling that gets your attention. Years of experience and constant striving for excellence in our electronics designs...

$16,995.00
PS Audio - BHK Signature Preamplifier
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BRAND: PS Audio

Preamplifiers are the heart of any high-end music system controlling input selection, the critical first amplification stage, volume and balance functions, and the all important electrical isolation between sources and power amplifiers. Place the BHK Signature Preamplifier between your musical...

$9,495.00
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Marantz - AV8805 - Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: Marantz

The versatile Marantz AV8805 pre-amplifier redefines the audiophile home cinema and music listening experience with an unprecedented 13.2 channel processing capability, and support for virtually any high-resolution multichannel audio format. With the latest surround formats like Dolby Atoms, DTS:X or...

$7,990.00$7,299.00
Electrocompaniet - EC 4.8 - Reference Preamplifier
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BRAND: Electrocompaniet

For more than 40 years, the name Electrocompaniet has been synonymous with great sounding power amplifiers. Numerous prestigious international awards, top ranking reviews and the number of professional users relying on the quality of Electrocompaniet is proof of this. Since...

$7,249.00
PS Audio - Stellar Gain Cell & M700 - DAC, Preamplifier and Mono Block Combo
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: PS Audio

Overview Stellar Gain Cell Even the best DACs in the world benefit from a zero-loss analog preamp. That fact was the basis of the Stellar Gain Cell design imperative. Combine a cutting edge DAC’s output with a no compromise analog...

$7,101.00
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PrimaLuna - EVO 400 - Tube Preamplifier
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BRAND: PrimaLuna

  Features: Dare to Compare AC OFFSET KILLER - A PRIMALUNA EXCLUSIVE DiaLogue Premium is about goose bumps. The ones you get when music comes out of a background so quiet, you may say to yourself “Just how is this...

$6,995.00
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Plinius - Kaitaki - Line Level Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: Plinius

The optional adjustable phono stage model allows enjoyment of vinyl at a sophisticated level without the need to purchase a specialised phono preamplifier. Visible controls on the Kaitaki are the rotary volume knob and source selection buttons with all other...

$5,995.00
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PrimaLuna - EVO 300 - Tube Preamplifer
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: PrimaLuna

PrimaLuna brings you the new and improved Dialogue Premium, the EvoLution 300 Preamplifier! Features: Dare to Compare AC OFFSET KILLER - A PRIMALUNA EXCLUSIVE AC Offset Killer is about goose bumps. The ones you get when music comes out of...

$5,495.00
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Rotel - Michi P5 - Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: Rotel

The Michi P5 Control Amplifier delivers the ultimate culmination of audio performance with a full complement of source inputs. The meticulous circuit design, critical component selection and over 3 years in the making ensures the P5 meets the highest of...

$5,999.00$5,399.00
Electrocompaniet - ECI 3 - Integrated Amplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: Electrocompaniet

High performance, fully balanced Integrated Amplifier The Electrocompaniet ECI 3 is a DC coupled high performance, fully balanced, remote controlled integrated stereo amplifier, with six inputs: CD balanced, balanced output plus single ended tape output. The ECI 3 is equipped...

$4,999.00
PS Audio - Stellar Gain Cell & S300 - DAC, Preamplifier and Power Amplifier Combo
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: PS Audio

Overview Stellar Gain Cell   Even the best DACs in the world benefit from a zero-loss analog preamp. That fact was the basis of the Stellar Gain Cell design imperative. Combine a cutting edge DAC’s output with a no compromise...

$4,941.00
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Electrocompaniet - ECP-2 - MM & MC Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: Electrocompaniet

With the renewed international enthusiasm for the vinyl format, a world-class phono preamplifier or RIAA stage is more important in a reference setup than ever before. The ECP-2 has become a new favourite of reviewers and enthusiasts alike. A benchmark...

$3,749.00
PrimaLuna - EVO 100 (EL34) - Tube Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: PrimaLuna

  Features: Dare to Compare DUAL TOROIDAL POWER TRANSFORMERS Power transformers generate two types of noise, magnetic and acoustic. That's why toroidal power transformers are used in the very best audio products. Compared to standard transformers, toroids radiate about 1/10...

$3,395.00
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PS Audio - Stellar Gain Cell - DAC + Preamplifier
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BRAND: PS Audio

Even the best DACs in the world benefit from a zero-loss analog preamp. That fact was the basis of the Stellar Gain Cell design imperative. Combine a cutting edge DAC’s output with a no compromise analog preamplifier. A unique combination...

$2,895.00
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Rotel - RC-1590 - Stereo Preamplifier
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BRAND: Rotel

  It's all about control. The RC-1590 stereo preamplifier has been engineered to the highest audio performance levels and provides an incredible level of control and flexibility for the user. Starting with a high performance power supply consisting of two...

$2,999.00$2,699.00
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Audiolab - 8300CDQ - CD Player + DAC + Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: AudioLab

With the 8300CD at its core, Audiolab's latest model, the 8300CDQ offers the same levels of detail, transparency and dynamic range. It is both an exceptional CD player and a top-class external DAC/digital preamp, able to make the most of...

$2,699.00$2,590.00
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Audiolab - 8300CD - CD Player + DAC + Digital Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: AudioLab

The 8300CD is the best CD player ever made by Audiolab, boasting even more flexibility than its multi-award winning predecessor.Now equipped with DSD file playback capability via the USB input, users are able to play SACD quality DSD files at...

$2,499.99$2,079.00
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Rotel - RC-1572 - Preamplifier
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BRAND: Rotel

  The heart of an uncompromising audiophile stereo “separates” system is the preamplifier. Separate components hold the promise of the best possible fidelity, since each device is optimised for its role in the sound reproduction chain. The new RC-1572 stereo...

$1,999.00$1,799.00
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Pro-Ject - Phono Box DS2 - Phono Preamplifier
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BRAND: Pro-Ject

Premium class phono preamplifier with MM & MC capability Phono Box DS2 is a highly adjustable phono preamplifier suitable for all common MM and MC cartridges. With the ability to switch easily between input impedance and capacitance, as well as...

$647.00
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Pro-Ject - Tube Box S2 - Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: Pro-Ject

Tube Box S2 is our very first product to feature a fully discreet circuit design without using any operational amplifiers (OpAmps). It also is the first product to come with replaceable tubes for tube rolling and sound-shaping. This gives the...

$699.00$629.00
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Creek Audio - OBH-15 MKII - Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: Creek Audio

With modern amplifiers expected to cater for so many new source devices, the Phono capability, once very common, is one of those built-in features that has disappeared in recent times. The engineering team at Creek Audio has always loved the...

$625.00
Pro-Ject - Pre Box S2 Digital - Digital micro preamplifier (MQA & DSD512)
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BRAND: Pro-Ject

Digital micro preamplifier with MQA and DSD512 support A performance revolution in a small package! Pre Box S2 Digital marks a new era for our S-series components. For the very first time we are using a dual mono configuration with...

$585.00
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AudioQuest - DragonFly Red - USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: AudioQuest

While the original DragonFly defined the market for micro-DACs, its USB power draw made it compatible with computers only. Music lovers have craved a more portable version—one that could be reliably used with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. We’re...

$420.00
Creek Audio - OBH-8 MKII - MM Phono Preamplifier
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CATEGORY: Hi Fi

BRAND: Creek Audio

With modern amplifiers expected to cater for so many new source devices, the Phono capability, once very common, is one of those built-in features that has disappeared in recent times. The engineering team at Creek Audio has always loved the...

$265.00

Preamplifiers Australia

Preamplifiers

You have a lot of decisions to make when choosing an amplifier. One of the first and most important of these is to decide if you’re going to go with an integrated amp, or purchase separate a preamplifier and power amplifier. An integrated amp (or receiver) does the job of both a preamplifier (which accepts the source connections and allows for controls), and a power amplifier (which does the heaving lifting of amplifying the signal for your speakers). But when you split these two components up, a lot of really cool things can start happening.

A preamplifier processes the signal from your audio source, turning a low-voltage, high-impedance signal susceptible to signal degradation, into a higher-voltage, low-impedance signal. This process is known as gain (a number you’ll see on preamp specs and controls). The preamp then sends this output to the power amplifier.

A jump in sound quality is the first thing you’ll notice when you’re using a separate preamplifier. There are a couple of reasons for this, which we’ll explain here (don’t worry, we’re only going to get mildly technical, stick with us). See, a drawback of integrated amps is that the two functions they’re simultaneously performing can actually contradict each other, because taking care of the inputs uses delicate and low voltage circuitry, while the actual amplification requires higher voltage and currents. An integrated amp has to pull double duty, and a lot of the circuitry for the preamp has to work around the power amp section. But with independent pre and power amplifiers, the internals of each can be laid out in the best way possible for performing its single task. Signal paths are shorter, and components can be placed where they need to be. It takes out all the compromise of an integrated amp and gives you pure, glorious sound in return.

Preamps also have controls that a power amp doesn’t provide, like volume control and input selection, and most also have controls for balance, tone, and a headphone jack. Some also come with a remote control, so keep an eye out for that if it’s important to you.

Be sure to match your preamplifier and power amplifier carefully. The timbres produced by both preamplifier and power amplifier need to be carefully matched to ensure the optimum sound quality and performance. Give us a call or shoot us an email if you have any questions, and we’ll be happy to help you pick the perfect preamp. And remember that we’ve got you covered with the best prices and free shipping every day.

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