Wells Audio Commander Level II Preamplifier $9000 Review

May 13, 2022 § Leave a comment

The Commander Level II at this price point is not short on competition, but the only competition I can think of is more expensive than the Commander Level II. Specifically, the Mola Mola Makua and the now discontinued MC1100 are the only preamps that I can think of that I would compare performance wise to the Commander Level II. Both of these preamps are at least 25% more expensive, but they do offer different value propositions that may make their additional cost justifiable, depending on your personal priorities. For example, both of these preamps are end to end balanced designs, and the Mola Mola offers an incredible control experience.

Ultimately, if you are looking for a tube-based linestage, made with state-of-the-art technology, that is completely customizable during the build process, then as far as I know the Commander is in a club of one. It is truly enjoyable to listen to, and will serve as the Command and Control module of your stereo system for many years to come. Thank you, Jeff and the Wells Audio team, for allowing me to review the Commander Level II.

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