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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  • Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200 Flagship DAC with AptX Bluetooth & Headphone Amplifier

    Digital audio is brilliant, but it needs to be analogue audio before you can hear it. And the way it ends up sounding depends entirely on how you convert the digital audio files stored on your computer, on CD or from your favourite streaming service. DacMagic 200M performs the digital-to-analogue conversion perfectly every time, letting all kinds of audio systems sound better than ever before. 

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    $1,099.00

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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: $1,999.00

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  • Rotel RC-1590 preamplifier, EX-DEMO, Black

    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 $2999 list this is a bargain.

    Rotel Australia home page for the RC1590:
    http://www.rotel.com.au/products/rc-1590-stereo-preamplifier

    This unit is in perfect condition and comes with the Box and Accessories as well as the full warranty.

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    Regular Price: $2,999.00

    Special Price $2,399.00


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  • Musical Fidelity M6sPRE

    A dedicated Pre-amplifier for those who are serious about HiFi. The sensitive circuitry of pre-amplifiers are always susceptible to the interference that can arise with large power supplies. Once you reach a certain point in power supplies it's always a good idea to separate out your pre-amplifier into a completely different chassis. 

    Pair this beauty with a Musical Fidelity M6PRX and you'll have yourself a muscular system that's rich and warm and supremely capable.

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  • PS Audio 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
  • Cyrus Pre2 Dac XR with QXR

    The Pre₂ DAC XR 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 that is now complete with the QXR upgrade board for even better performace. The pre amp is compatible with a very wide range of sources such as CD players, streamers or your TV digital audio out.

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    $3,499.00

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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
  • Auralic Altair G1 Streaming DAC/Pre-amplifier

    ALTAIR G1 has received several updates from both the G1 and G2 series of products. It
    now uses the ESS 9038Q2M DAC chip, providing you with more detail and resolution than
    ever before. To match the higher levels of performance available from this new DAC chip,
    the analog circuitry received design and parts upgrades and an improved layout for a
    balanced presentation.

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    $4,795.00

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  • Rotel Michi P5 Pre Amplifier

    Michi is a flagship series of products built on the history and heritage of Rotel. Michi represents over 55 years of experience coupled with the passion of a family business and ever-growing family of satisfied product owners. Acoustic Elevation. Sonic Evolution. Visual Perfection. Michi, because our reputation is personal.

    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 standards allowing this preamplifier to proudly wear the Michi logo.

    The Michi P5 Control Amplifier delivers the ultimate performance in audio processing with a full complement of analog and digital source inputs. Over 3 years in the making, every aspect of the P5 has been carefully crafted including the power supply, circuit design and critical component selection to ensure the highest integrity of the audio signal eliminating unwanted noise and distortion.

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    $5,299.00

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  • Synthesis Roma 117DC Fully Valve Pre Amplifier (Handmade in Italy)

    The new ROMA117DC tube line preamplier with its great tonal balance and refined reproduction is the perfect combination with the ROMA98DC mono power amps. The ROMA117DC matches the simple and elegant design of the rest of the ROMA Series. A product of great musicality for the most demanding music lovers.

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    $6,499.00

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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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    Regular Price: $7,598.00

    Special Price $6,838.00


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  • PS Audio DirectStream DAC ($1540 extra for Bridge II streamer)

    There are only a few left of these units at a special price. All are black units. These are now a finished model.

    We're huge fans of the digital magic that the folks over at PS Audio weave. From the first moment we heard the Perfect Wave, we knew there was some black magic under the bonnet. Now with the DirectStream, PS Audio have taken it to another level, producing one of the most fluent music communicators we've heard in quite some time.

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    Regular Price: $8,395.00

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  • Cyrus Pre XR

    The new reference model pre amplifier from Cyrus has tongues wagging at Carlton Audio Visual. We're massive fans of Cyrus gear and admirers of the expertise and craft that goes into this small boutique English manufacturer.

    It's no coincidence that many world renowned HiFi brands like Cyrus have popped up around the University town of Cambridge. Cambridge has forever promoted and celebrated the kind of individual obessed with the pursuit of knowledge, engineering prowess and creativity needed to create amazing HiFi. Brands like Arcam (or Audio & Research Cambridge), Cambridge Audio, Mission Electronics and Quad were all born and produced in this corner of the English countryside.

    And like those brands the goal of Cyrus is to produce the best sounding electronics possible. They're able to draw on the rich knowledge and innovation that spews out of a town like Cambridge.

    The Cyrus Pre XR is on demonstration now at Carlton Audio Visual.

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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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  • Musical Fidelity M8Spre Pre-Amplifier

    Musical Fidelity describe this Pre-amplifier as one with no limits. 

    The inside of this machine looks more like the circuitry on a dual mono integrated amplifier rather than a pre-amplifier. Two big toroidal transformer power supplies sit front and centre. That's unusual for a pre-amplifier and gives it an extraordinary sense of heft and musical importance.

     

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  • Auralic Altair G2.1 Streaming DAC preamplifier

    The Altair G2.1 is the unit in Auralic's range that does it all. A Preamplifier, DAC and Streamer with options to put in a 2TB hard drive and even a CD ripper. 

    The Preamplifier is also a full blown analogue preamplifier. Not only does it have the analogue line and Moving Magnet phono inputs, it also doesn't simply convert these into digital signals within the chassis. Rather they are kept completely separate from the digital circuitry. Also the volume control is an analogue design based on resistive ladder construction. A less noisy, cleaner choice than other designs out there. Such all-in-one units have tended to use cheaper less fullfilling preamplifier modules that I normally recommend customers to bypass. That's not the case here.

    Also a superior power supply and thick copper shielded chassis with isolating feet mean that noise and vibrations are kept to an absolute minimum. Couple that with a pair of super accurate clocks reducing jitter and this is a unit that stands above others in its category.

    Clean, effortless sound and a unit that ticks all the boxes.

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  • Cambridge Audio Edge NQ Preamplifier with Network Player

    Cambridge Audio have excelled themselves with this preamplifier. It is a unique product with a balance of digital and analogue facilities and performance that shows genuine innovation in a product sector that is normally deliberately hidebound by convention.

    What Hi-Fi? on the Edge Preamp      https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/cambridge-audio-edge-nq

    Cambridge Audio Official site         https://cambridgeaudio.com/en/products/edge/edge-nq

     

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    $8,999.00

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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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  • PS Audio BHK Signature Preamplifier

    This made an immediate and frankly stunning effect when I added it to the system pictured. Before we had been running the PS Audio Transport, DAC, and power amplifier together as a minimalist high powered high current set of kit readily able to drive the highly transparent Monitor Audio Platinum II loudspeakers. Adding the BHK Signature Preamp bought the system to life. The music leapt holographically into the room and was just a consuming experience. Whereas before it had been good, but somehow unmoving, now one was just swept up and carried off by the music. Brilliant. Learn More
  • Yamaha C-5000 preamplifier ... how one should be made

    In pursuit of the intangible musical quality that breathes life into high-fidelity audio, the world's largest sound company presents the C-5000 pre-amplifier. From the concert stage to the home, Yamaha has drawn on its vast musical history to create an instrument capable of faithfully reproducing every nuance and emotion in the performance. Perfectly balanced signal transmission Floating balanced pre-amp Symmetrical, folding-book circuit design Low-impedance design Rigid and precise design Dual Toroidal Transformer

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