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A pre amplifier or pre-amp is the very hub of a hi-fi system. All your source equipment connects to the pre amplifier. Most common is an active (powered) preamplifier design but there do exist some passive (non powered) designs. Using a separate pre and power amplifier brings about significant audio improvements over an integrated design as it minimises crosstalk and each component benefits from its own dedicated power supply.
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Unison Research Unico 90
Unison Research Unico 90
Unico 90

Unison Research's Unico 90 sits at the top end of the Unico range borrowing a lot of its look and design from the flagship Unico 150 integrated amplifier.

The Unico 90’s dual mono design gives this amplifier more power and control of your music. Boasting 160W (4Ω) per channel the Unico 90 is capable of driving some of the most demanding loudspeakers with ease and aplomb.

On the back of the Unico 90 flexibility is available in spades with a selection of inputs including two balanced XLR as well as standard RCA. There is also 4 + 4 speaker terminals allowing for bi-wiring, and a subwoofer output to add even more depth and enthralment.


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£ 3,500.00
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Elac PPA-1 (PPA1) Phono Pre Amplifier
Elac PPA-1 (PPA1) Phono Pre Amplifier
PPA-1 Ultra-Quiet Phono Stage

The PPA-1 uses all-analog, discrete FET gain and EQ stages to transform the microscopic grooves in vinyl records into stunningly lifelike music. It includes all the features that serious vinyl enthusiasts demand, such as continuously-variable input loading, MC/MM gain switching and XLR and RCA outputs. It can also be upgraded by adding the PS-5 power supply, which can simultaneously power the PPA-1 and one other Alchemy component, such as the DDP-1 digital preamp.


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£ 1,950.00
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Elac DDP-1 (DDP1) Pre Amplifier
Elac DDP-1 (DDP1) Pre Amplifier
DDP-1 Digital Decoding Preamp / DAC / Headphone Amp

In an attempt to make our digital world a better sounding place, we set out to create the highest quality Preamp/DAC/Headphone Amp that could deliver exceptional, world-class sound for under $10,000. The result is the DDP-1, a three-in-one powerful all-analog preamplifier, DSD-compatible digital-to-analog converter with dual digital signal processors and a headphone amp, all housed in one compact machined-aluminum chassis.


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£ 2,300.00
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Townshend Allegri Pre Amplifier
Townshend Allegri Pre Amplifier
Allegri Preamplifier

Unrivalled sound quality with crystal clear treble, open mid-band and subterranean bass
Ultra high end performance in a small package
Purely passive Autotransformer design wired throughout with Fractal-Wire™ to perfectly match any source component with any power amplifier
No mains noise, no electronic hash and no requirement for esoteric mains conditioners or power cord

The


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Avid Reference Pre Amplifier
Avid Reference Pre Amplifier
Little did Avid imagine the arduous path the development of this product would take them upon. Without their perseverance to create a product without equal, any commercially minded organisation would have relented. A tale for another time perhaps, but rest assured this is not a product for the sake of it, but establishes new meaning to the word "Reference".

They originally envisaged the Pre-Amplifier as an expansion of their Pulsare phonostage, simplistically adding line level inputs and a volume control. Totally underestimating their journey of development, research and component evaluation, their appetite for improvement never dwindled. Their goal was simply to create the World's best sounding Pre-Amplifier, sound quality overriding all other design parameters.


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Parasound Zpre3 - Two Channel Zone Pre Amplifier
Parasound Zpre3 - Two Channel Zone Pre Amplifier
Features:-

•Front panel LCD function display with dimming
•Automatic turn on volume memory
•Favorite volume memory with remote control button
•2-way RS232 w/ exact volume control & feedback
•Discrete commands for all functions
•Rename inputs to match connected source
•5 audio inputs including a front panel Aux input
•Bypass input integrates easily w/ a Sonos Connect etc
•Bass, treble and balance adjustments by remote control


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£ 525.00
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Arcam rPhono Pre Amplifier
Arcam rPhono Pre Amplifier
• Moving coil & Moving magnet support
• Adjustable input impedance 50-550Ω (MC)
• Adjustable input capacitance (MM)
• Rumble filter
• Precision RIAA filter response
• High-end audio circuitry
• Stylish cast aluminium case

The Arcam rSeries products are all about getting the best sound from any audio device. These products can be used with any audio system and are a brilliant way to enhance your audio system.


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£ 399.00
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Xantech RP41AV - IR Remote Control A/V Preamp
Xantech RP41AV - IR Remote Control A/V Preamp
RP41AV - IR Remote Preamp
Fully functional infrared remote controlled audio/video preamp. Volume, Bass, Treble, Balance and Mute functions, plus A/V switching, provide all the functions needed for multi-room systems.
•Four separate line level A/V inputs
•Separate Volume (Up/Down), Balance (Left/Right), Bass and Treble controls feature continuous adjustment in 2 dB steps, in either direction, all IR controlled


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£ 399.99
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PS Audio BHK Pre Amplifier
PS Audio BHK Pre Amplifier
Introducing one of the most remarkable musical instruments in the world, the BHK Signature Preamplifier. This exceptionally built vacuum tube preamplifier opens up the music and reveals nuances, life and space not previously heard on your system. It is the perfect interface between your sources and power amplifier. Designed by Bascom H. King, the BHK Signature distills Bascom’s 50 plus years of high-end audio design experience into a single masterpiece of audio amplification. “This is the best sounding preamplifier I have ever designed or heard,” and that’s saying a lot for a man of Bascom’s experience. Preamplifiers play a critical role in any separates audio system, strategically positioned between sources of music: CD players, phono preamps, DACs, tape recorders and tuners – and your power amplifier – the preamp serves essential roles of control and isolation. Control is simple in concept, but extraordinarily difficult to design in an acoustically transparent manner. Control duties such as input switching, volume, balance, and amplification can place unwanted acoustic thumbprints on the music if not designed with extraordinary care. The challenge in any design is to do as little damage to music’s purity as possible.


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Mark Levinson No 523 Dual-Monaural Pre-Amplifier
Mark Levinson No 523 Dual-Monaural Pre-Amplifier
№ 523

The Mark Levinson № 523 is the definitive preamplifier for the analog music lover. Six line-level analog and phono inputs travel through the Mark Levinson proprietary Pure Path discrete, direct-coupled, fully balanced, dual-monaural signal path for breathtaking purity and performance. With precision control including a discrete, balanced R-2R Ladder volume control, class-A Pure Phono stage, and class-A Main Drive Headphone output, the № 523 preamplifier delivers an uncompromising performance regardless of analog source. Housed in a 6000-series aluminum chassis, like all Mark Levinson equipment, the № 523 is designed and handcrafted in the USA.


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