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Lamm Industries L2.1 Reference Preamplifier $22,790 Review

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“The Merrill and the Lamm were similar in other ways as well, the biggest being their effect on listeners. When the Christine Preamp was in line, after no more than a minute a contented expression would appear on their faces, and they visibly relaxed. They ceased talking or whatever they were involved in to give full attention to the playback. These reactions to the Christine Preamp were immediate, repeatable, and always salubrious. More often than not that happened with the L2.1.”

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Gold Note PH-10 phono preamplifier – Video

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McIntosh C2600 Vacuum Tube Stereo Preamplifier With DAC, Phono Stage And Headphone Amplifier $7000 – REVIEW

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” I could only imagine the performance of McIntosh’s MP1100 phono preamplifier! The internal phono stage of the C2600 matches its linestage perfectly – it has a beautiful sounding midrange that brings out the best in vocals and string sounds, and although the very lowest bass and highest treble frequencies seemed a bit attenuated, with good system matching this might not come into play that much. The internal DAC of the C2600 is that it is as transparent as one could ask for.”

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Emotiva BAS X PT-100 Stereo Preamplifier, DAC, Phono Stage And FM Tuner Review

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” Emotiva’s PT-100 preamplifier is not the end of the road for a diehard audiophile. But it leaves me wondering how the hell they did it. Everything I hear may not depict the razors edge of speed and fine details. But where these qualities are lacking something that is consonant and very musical replaces it. Words like polite and or warm may seem repetitive but it denotes a consistent quality that follows the sound from every source.”

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Vivaldi 2.0 Digital Playback System Review

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“Often when I’m writing a review I try to think about the person who might audition and then buy the product at hand. How would his or her wants and needs inform the buying decision? For much of my time with the Vivaldi 2.0, I was too preoccupied with my own wants and needs, greedily shuffling through my CDs and SACDs and raiding John Quick’s USB and NAS drives, to consider anything beyond the simple pleasure of listening to music. While it’s staggering how many ways you can integrate a Vivaldi 2.0 system into your audio system and home network, I personally would keep it simple (so to speak) and use it primarily for playing discs, relegating file replay to what could be copied to thumb drives”

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Raven Audio Silhouette MK2 Reference Preamplifer and Shaman MK2 Mono Power Amplifiers $49,995 Review

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” If you are fortunate enough to be shopping in the price range of the Silhouette MK2 Reference preamplifier and Shaman MK2 power amplifiers, I hope you get a chance to hear the Raven gear and decide for yourself if their list of attributes scores on your sonic checklist. I should also note that if you purchase a pair of Shaman MK2 amplifiers, Dave Thomson will personally deliver them to your house and set them up for you”

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MBL Introduces Noble Line with N11 preamp, N15 Amp, N31 DAC/CD Best of CES – Video

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