Pre Amplifiers

Pre amplifiers

The preamplifer is the connection point for your audio sources. It not only lets you control the volume, but it also deals with the signals when they are the most delicate. 

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  • Dared LP1

    We absolutely love this little phono here at CAV. The key to its class beating performance is the large external power supply which is separate from the main unit. With the ability to tube roll youre own choice of tube to suit youre tastes accordingly makes this little phono a real winner.

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    Regular Price: $599.00

    Special Price $575.00

  • Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus

    Digital to Analogue Converter & Preamplifier

    The DacMagic Plus has fantastic new features including wireless device connectivity and stunning audio performance from music of all formats. Thanks to twin DACs it instantly improves audio fidelity from all your favourite digital products allowing you to make your computer, TV, Blu-ray player and other devices a true part of your hi-fi system.

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    Regular Price: $699.00

    Special Price $628.00

  • Bryston BP2 Phono Preamplifier MM Only

    Bryston's new BP-2 phono preamplifier applies our extraordinary low-distortion, wide bandwidth amplification to your record collection. Available in either MM (moving magnet) only or MM/MC (adds moving coil), the BP-2 is a perfect match for most available cartridges today. Both versions include switchable capacitive loading for use with moving magnet cartridges.

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  • Bryston TF-2 Step Up Transformer

    Low output moving coil cartridges are well loved for their detail and nuance, but need more gain than what most active preamps can provide. Too much active gain for these low-output carts introduces noise and distortion, so let your first gain stage be the TF-2 passive step-up transformer. The TF-2 adds 20 or 31dB of gain (choose at time of purchase), entirely with high quality wide bandwidth transformers and no active parts. Use the TF-2 with a Bryston BP-2 MM active gain stage or with your existing phono preamp.

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  • Rotel RC-1572 Pre Amplifier

    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 preamplifier leverages the design of our flagship RC-1590 preamplifier including its 32bit/768kHz AKM stereo digital-to-analog converter to handle critical signal conversion. Among many refinements, the RC-1572 utilises relay switching for analog sources instead of an IC based switch to maintain the integrity of the signal path for RCA, phono and XLR inputs. Learn More

    Regular Price: $1,799.00

    Special Price $1,615.00

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  • Cyrus Pre2 Dac

    The Pre₂ DAC separates the pre amp into its own chassis and provides a dedicated power supply which means the pre amp can resolve more detail. Complete with a built-in DAC, the pre amp is compatible with a very wide range of sources such as CD players, streamers or your TV digital audio out. Learn More
  • Moon P3 Preamplifier (Consignment)

    Moon P3 Preamplifier. For sale on consignment. The Moon P-3 is next to the top of the preamplifier line from Sim Audio. The 18- pound chassis is black with a 3/8-inch thick brushed aluminum face plate that is threeinch high and 17-inch wide. The sides of the 12¾-inch deep chassis are aluminum extrusions each made in the form of half a ribbed cylinder extending from front to back. They serve as the heat sinks. There are four vertical black cylinders attached to the sides. The bases of these cylinders are truncated gold-colored cones that have threaded holes. Supplied small pointed cones screw into these holes. I used Mach 1 Acoustics isolation feet rather than the pointed cones Learn More
  • Bryston BP2 Phono Preamplifier MM & MC

    Bryston's new BP-2 phono preamplifier applies our extraordinary low-distortion, wide bandwidth amplification to your record collection. Available in either MM (moving magnet) only or MM/MC (adds moving coil), the BP-2 is a perfect match for most available cartridges today. Both versions include switchable capacitive loading for use with moving magnet cartridges.

    The MM/MC version adds a pair of ultra low distortion, wide bandwidth step-up transformers (the same ones used in our TF-2) to add compatibility with low output moving coil carts. The transformers can be factory wound for an additional 20dB or 31dB of gain.

    Power the BP-2 from your existing Bryston MPS-2 DC power supply or from the new PS-3 DC power supply.

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  • Cambridge Audio 851N....Flagship network Player

    The pinnacle of digital and streaming performance – the 851N is the ultimate network player. It’s features include; 24-bit/384kHz upsampling from all sources, native 24-bit/192kHz playback, USB, digital audio inputs and streaming over wi-fi including UPnP and NAS drives, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay, and DSD.


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    Regular Price: $2,899.00

    Special Price $2,590.00

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  • Stellar Gain Cell DAC

    PS Audio has a new Entry level range! YAY. This little beauty is modelled after the DirectStream DAC but not with the $9000 price tag. It’s got a fully balanced circuitry from input to output and a great analogue preamplifier stage. Learn More
  • Rotel RC-1590 preamplifier

    When the Rotel engineers in the Zuhai factory were asked to design a new top of the range pre amplifier they were given carte blanche to do whatever they liked to make it a reference product.

    So they ended up with this massively specified twin transformer fully isolated ultra low noise and balanced clean sheet design. The only thing missing is the commensurate price point, at $2699 list this is a bargain.

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  • Elektra Pnyx Tube Preamplifier (Optional MM/MC Phono Board)

    The Elektra Pnyx Preamplifier is the product of extensive research and verification through rigorous listening tests. Perfect match for any solid state power amplifier's. Wonderful musical sound. Optional MM/MC phono board $999 Control Functions: Volume, Input Select, Power On/off, Processor Bypass Outputs Impedance 300 ohm Balanced , 150 ohm unbalanced RCA (2) Output 1,Ouput 2 Balanced (2), Bal Out 1 , Balanced Out 2 Input impedance: Unbalanced 47k ohms, Balanced 100k Inputs: (7) Balanced inputs: Balanced in, Line1, Line2, RCA inputs: Processor Bypass, CD, Tuner, Phono Stage (upgradable), Theatre Bypass * Power Supplies: Dual mono regulated High Voltage supplies. Noise performance is -100dBV. Tube Complement: Four 6922 dual Triodes. Frequency Response: +/-0.5dB, 0.5Hz to 300kHz. (Overrated 70 Watt Power custom made transformer) 12V Trigger MM/MC board optional Learn More

  • Bryston BP6 Pre Amplifier

    The Bryston BP6 preamplifier is a simplified state-of-the-art preamplifier combining outstanding function with complete musical accuracy, providing an exact duplication of the original recording experience, without distortion or colouration.

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  • Bryston BP17 Cubed Pre-Amplifier

    The Bryston BP17³ is a state-of-the-art analog stereo preamplifier, utilizing software control which allows for numerous features and functions. The BP17³ delivers incredible sonic performance while still adhering to traditional, fully discrete, analog circuits throughout the preamplifier. The BP17³ includes the patented Salomie circuit found in all Cubed Series amplifiers and incorporates much of the existing architecture developed for the Bryston B135³ Integrated Amplifier and SP3 Surround Sound Processor. Additionally, new to the BP17³ are two pairs of Balanced (XLR) inputs as well as a pair of balanced outputs which can be configured as either variable or a fixed, allowing compatibility with the BHA-1 Headphone Amplifier (or other balanced input headphone amplifier).

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  • Cyrus Dac XP Signature

    Cyrus DAC X+ Open and musical. An amazing DAC & Pre Amp in it's price range, offering maximum detail without fatigue. I borrowed this gem for a few days connected it to my Leema, Sonus Faber system and fell in love all over again. Like all of the best Cyrus gear, adding the optional PSX-R will result in significant improvment, more than justifying its cost. Learn More
  • Ps Audio Directstream Junior

    One of our favourite Dacs streamlined in Junior Livery with a built in Bridge 2 that is Roon Capable. Learn More
  • Anthem STR Pre Amplifier

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    The revolutionary STR Preamplifier is a new type of audio component that gives you more control and more refinements, including more connection options and more advanced technology, in a single, easy-to-use component.

    Designed, engineered, and Crafted in Canada, the STR Preamplifier combines the benefits of an advanced preamp with the power of a processor, as well as functions like leading-edge DAC, onboard Anthem Room Correction (ARC™), customizable bass manager for mono or stereo sub outs, MM and MC phono inputs—far more than the average preamplifier.

    And it includes new generations of many of Anthem’s award-winning, audiophile-loving, review-praised digital signal processing innovations, delivering a noticeably higher level of audio performance realism.

    The new STR Preamplifier drives all of your entertainment options today, and tomorrow.

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  • Bryston BP26 & Matching MPS-2 High Current Power Supply

    The Bryston BP26 preamplifier offers a significant step forward in capturing the subtleties, nuances, and emotions of recorded music. All aspects of the signal flow are enhanced with lower noise and distortion figures, and higher load levels, offering a rich and vibrant audio experience.

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  • Rotel 1590 Pre and Power Amplifier ..The Hulk in an Iron Mask with velvet gloves

    In the end amplification is about electronics and physics ... the amplifier is the engine that drives your loudspeakers. It needs to make real amperage into a real reactive resistive load to proffer control over the electric motor that is a drive unit in the speaker and do so with the delicacy of modulation required to fulfill the demands of the musical signal so as to be realistically iterated to the listener.

    It dosn't matter how many watts the marketing department puts on the front panel of that colourfully boxed Surround Receiver, it is still going to sound rubbish when  music is actually played through it ...

    This Rotel combination weighs as much as a good 1000cc plus motorcycle engine, and has a similiar aim of power and control. 

    Unlike the internal combustion engine this will last a generation or two and is unlikely to require any maintanance.

    Official Aus website of the RC1590 Pre Amplifier

    Official Aus website of the RB1590 Power Amplifier

    "Home Theatre Review" on the 1590 Pre and Power

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  • Chord CPA2500 Pre Amplifier

    The CPA 2500 is our entry-level preamp and represents the most affordable way into Chord pre/power ownership. A full-width design and the perfect complement to our SPM 650 power amp, the CPA 2500 allows the direct connection of up to six ancillary devices via its unbalanced RCA inputs. For high-performance connections and longer cable runs between pre/power amps, the CPA 2500 is equipped with two pairs of balanced outputs and one pair of unbalanced RCA outputs. Although suitably minimalist in its configuration, the CPA 2500’s balanced output amplifier section utilises a highly accurate, high-performance design, capable of delivering the transparency that Chord amplification has become internationally known for.

    The unit can be controlled manually, or via the supplied remote control handset.  A front-panel vacuum fluorescent display shows input source selection and volume control functions, which are displayed digitally with figures from 00 to 98. The fascia features balance and motorised ALPS volume controls, input, and output selection BUS switches and a remote IR sensor. Further features include two separate monitor inputs and outputs, for monitoring/recording to CD-R/RW, DAT etc.

    As with all our products, the CPA 2500 is hand-crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium to exacting standards, giving a superb rigid construction, unsurpassed vibration-damping and stunning aesthetics.

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