SMc Audio VRE-1CPrice: $16,950


Ryan said: Anyone considering spending $16,950 on a line stage can be certain that the SMc Audio VRE-1C Reference is among the quietest, most resolving preamplifiers on the market, able to achieve those qualities without committing sins in tonality. The VRE-1C never failed to provide me with an enjoyable listening session.

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The gist: Ultra-expensive magnum opus from Steve McCormack.