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Pro-Ject - Phono Box E BT - Preamplifier
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BRAND: Pro-Ject

Phono pre-amplifier with line in and wireless Bluetooth streaming output Our entry level phono stage has been highly requested by the aspiring and rising audiophile. After the big success of our VT-E BT we decided to create a phono preamplifier...

$219.00$197.00
Pro-Ject - Phono Box S2 - Phono Preamplifier
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BRAND: Pro-Ject

Phono Box S2 - setting new standards for entry-level phono stages! Phono Box S was one of our favourite products, it offered unrivalled sonics and versitality at a very affordable price. When we started creating Phono Box S2, its successor,...

$249.00$224.00
Creek Audio - OBH-8 MKII - MM Phono Preamplifier
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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
Creek Audio - Sequel MKIII - Plug-in Phono Board
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BRAND: Creek Audio

Creek Audio has always been a fan of the vinyl disc. For those consumers who have an interest in enjoying this alternative source of high quality music, there are few amplifiers available today equipped to deal with this as standard....

$265.00
AudioQuest - DragonFly Red - USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp
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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...

$399.00
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...

$649.00$584.00
Creek Audio - OBH-15 MKII - Phono Preamplifier
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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 - Tube Box S2 - Phono Preamplifier
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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
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...

$719.00$647.00
Clearaudio - Smart Phono V2 w/ Headphone Output - Phono Preamplifier
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BRAND: Clearaudio

A minimalist aluminium housing that contains one of the best sounding phonostages in its market. Up to 54 decibels gain at one kilohertz and an extremely linear frequency response deliver unprecedented quality at this price point. For MM and MC...

$1,195.00
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
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
Audiolab - 8300CDQ - CD Player + DAC + Preamplifier
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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...

$2,799.99
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
Plinius - P100 - Preamplifier
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BRAND: Plinius

This compact little unit packs a powerful punch. Delivering on style as well as acoustic performance, the P100 joins the Plinius range, proving that good things really do come in small packages... The Plinius P100 Phono Preamplifier boasts the clean...

$2,995.00
PrimaLuna - EVO 100 (EL34) - Tube Preamplifier
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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
Electrocompaniet - ECP-2 - MM & MC Phono Preamplifier
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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
PS Audio - Stellar Phono Preamplifier
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BRAND: PS Audio

When PS engineer Darren Myers set his sights on building the best phono stage PS Audio has ever produced, he had his work cut out for him. With the advantage of modern upgraded FET semiconductors and a fresh approach to...

$4,295.00
PS Audio - Stellar Gain Cell & S300 - DAC, Preamplifier and Power Amplifier Combo
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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
Electrocompaniet - ECI 3 - Integrated Amplifier
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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
Rotel - Michi P5 - Preamplifier
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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
PrimaLuna - EVO 300 - Tube Preamplifer
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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
Hegel - P20 - Preamplifier
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BRAND: Hegel

The P20 is Hegel's entry-level preamplifier and offers an affordable door into the Hegel Reference line of products. Designing the P20 was not a task they took lightly. Many of the ideas and concepts were taken from its bigger brother....

$5,695.00
Plinius - Kaitaki - Line Level Preamplifier
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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

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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