Price: $19,950 with internal phono stage, $16,950 for line stage only


Marc said: Given its many and varied strengths, the CAT SL1 Legend is the finest preamp I’ve had in my system. If it takes years of tinkering to produce a preamp like this one, so be it. Greatness, as they say, can’t be rushed.

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Read the SoundStage! review.

The gist: The CAT’s out of the bag: this could be the best.