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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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Audio Research Reference 6SE Pre Amplifier
Audio Research Reference 6SE Pre Amplifier
Reference 6SE

Audio Research has produced some of the finest components for music reproduction; this is especially true with regard to preamplifiers. In 1973, the SP3 was hailed by every major critic as the best preamplifier available, and this tradition of excellence has continued ever since. The Reference Series from Audio Research was first introduced in 1995 and has been the ultimate representation of performance, musicality and dynamics. The Reference 6SE is the latest chapter in our story.


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Elac Alchemy DDP2 Pre-amp/DAC/Streamer
Elac Alchemy DDP2 Pre-amp/DAC/Streamer
ELAC Alchemy DDP2

ELAC Alchemy DDP2 is a high-end pre-amp/DAC/streamer at a great price!

The ELAC Alchemy DDP2 combines three components in one elegant piece of gear to give you the highest-quality digital-to-analog converter, preamp and digital streamer we know how to make. Then we combined it in a single chassis only 1U (1.75 inches) high. The preamplifier offers maximum flexibility, while incorporating DAC and streaming functions to make the DDP-2 the centrepiece of your digital system.


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Primare R35 Phono Pre Amplifier
Primare R35 Phono Pre Amplifier
R35 is Primare's most sophisticated and capable phono preamplifier, providing the ideal interface between the low-level output of a moving magnet or moving coil phono cartridge and the line-level inputs of your hi-fi system, either RCA or XLR. Designed to amplify with honest fidelity the delicate signal from any cartridge it is paired with.

The design has been carefully crafted so that all components work sympathetically together, allowing the highly sensitive signal components to be better isolated for superior performance, resulting in cleaner sound and greater fidelity. R35 features adjustable gain to amplify the signal from virtually any MM or MC phono cartridge, and sophisticated input adjustment allowing for ideal system matching.


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£ 1,350.00
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Primare R15 Phono Pre Amplifier
Primare R15 Phono Pre Amplifier
R15 is a phono preamplifier, providing the ideal interface between the low-level output of a moving magnet or moving coil phono cartridge and the line-level inputs of your hi-fi system. Designed to amplify with honest fidelity the delicate signal from any cartridge it is paired with.

Although housed in Primare's convenient three-quarter sized 15 series cabinetry, the same care and craft that informs the design of the larger and somewhat more capable R35 MM/MC phono preamplifier has informed the design layout for the R15, allowing all circuits to work sympathetically together for superior sound and greater fidelity. With sufficient gain to amplify the signal from virtually any MM or MC phono cartridge, and flexible input adjustment allows for ideal system matching.


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£ 900.00
£ 900.00
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Primare PRE35 PRISMA Pre Amplifier
Primare PRE35 PRISMA Pre Amplifier
PRE35 Prisma is based on a fully balanced stereo preamplifier, featuring dual XLR inputs and outputs, with modular construction allowing for sophisticated DAC and Prisma network modules to be added to the analog preamplifier at any time.

In addition to fully balanced circuitry, with dual XLR inputs and outputs, PRE35 Prisma includes a DM35 full-featured DAC stage enabling up to PCM 768kHz/32bit and DSD 256 conversion, as well as Prisma connectivity and control, and WiSA high resolution wireless speaker connection technology (available in future update).


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£ 3,500.00
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Pro-Ject Pre Box RS2 Digital
Pro-Ject Pre Box RS2 Digital
The Pre Box RS2 Digital is a class-leading pre-amplifier, DAC and headphone amplifier with an ultra-linear signal path and ultra-low noise. Boasting a host of connection options, it is the ideal system hub for driving high-end headphones, power amplifiers or active speakers.

Built around a very sophisticated digital stage, it boasts a dual-mono configuration of the high-class ESS Sabre ESS9038Q2M DAC chips with upsampling technology. Unlike most other DAC designs, the Pre Box RS2 Digital boasts dual DAC chips and separate signal paths for the left and right channels. This allows for the finest conversion possible and support for digital transmission up-to 32-bit / 768kHz PCM and DSD512 over USB. There's also full authorisation and hardware/software support for Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) audio files, and Roon Tested certification for quick integration into a Roon-based system. To handle all this complexity, the Pre Box RS2 Digital's USB input is processed by a powerful multi-core XMOS microcontroller with advanced Multi-Core RISC architecture. The CPLD MAX II (Complex Programmable Logic Device) Altera is used for re-clocking, which together with the XMOS microcontroller brings high-quality processing of both classical and MQA technology.


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£ 1,750.00
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Aesthetix Saturn Eclipse Series: Calypso Eclipse
Aesthetix Saturn Eclipse Series: Calypso Eclipse
CALYPSO ECLIPSE

First phase: Internal changes to the Calypso start with .22uF / 600v Stealth coupling capacitors used between the gain stage and output stage. Four total of these exotic capacitors are used.

There are four 2uF / 400v coupling capacitors used in each channel of the output stage of the Calypso. In the Eclipse version, these are replaced with Stealth copper foil 4uF/400v, improving low frequency response.


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Aesthetix Saturn Signature Series: Calypso Signature
Aesthetix Saturn Signature Series: Calypso Signature
CALYPSO SIGNATURE

The Signature version uses custom-made inter-stage Teflon hybrid coupling capacitors, replacing the polypropylene units, between the gain stage and output stage (2 per channel). The change in these capacitors results in higher resolution, extension, less grain and more air. The 2uF output coupling capacitors (4 per channel) are replaced with 4uF Dynamicaps. This change provides more drive, bass extension, resolution and dynamics while also reducing grain. Highly specialized adjustable air-core capacitors, used primarily in the radio-frequency realm, are installed and adjusted to "tweak" each unit to a rigid standard. The five rubber feet are replaced with Harmonic Resolutions Systems' Nimbus Couplers specially made for Aesthetix (Earlier Signature Saturn pieces did not incorporate this, please contact Aesthetix for this free upgrade if you have an earlier Signature piece without the Nimbus Couplers). This change results in a lower noise floor and more air and space. The cost of these specialized parts alone is about 1/4 the manufacturing cost of a brand new unit! Any tubes that can be bettered by our special stock of graded and matched tubes are replaced. Any other improvements needed to make the unit current are installed, including software updates, etc. A new lens with "SIGNATURE" stenciled is installed. Each Signature unit undergoes rigorous test procedures and listening.


£ 8,725.00 *
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Aesthetix Saturn Eclipse Series: Janus Eclipse Pre-Amplifier
Aesthetix Saturn Eclipse Series: Janus Eclipse Pre-Amplifier
JANUS ECLIPSE

First phase: Internal changes to the Janus start with .22uF / 600v Stealth coupling capacitors used between the second and third gain stages, and the third gain stage and output stage of the phono section. Two more are used between the gain stage and output stage of the line section, per channel. Twelve total of these exotic capacitors are used.

There are four 2uF / 400v coupling capacitors used in each channel of the output stage of the Janus. In the Eclipse version, these are replaced with Stealth copper foil 4uF/400v, improving low frequency response.


£ 16,200.00 *
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Aesthetix Saturn Signature Series: Janus Signature
Aesthetix Saturn Signature Series: Janus Signature
JANUS SIGNATURE

The Signature version uses custom-made inter-stage Teflon hybrid coupling capacitors, replacing the polypropylene units, between the gain stage and output stage (2 per channel). The change in these capacitors results in higher resolution, extension, less grain and more air. The 2uF output coupling capacitors (4 per channel) are replaced with 4uF Dynamicaps. This change provides more drive, bass extension, resolution and dynamics while also reducing grain.


£ 12,455.00 *
£ 12,455.00 *
£ 4,040.00 *
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