Price: $15,000

Website: www.audioresearch.com 

Doug said: All in all, Audio Research’s GSPre is a wonderfully styled, full-featured preamplifier whose beauty is more than skin deep. It’s a great choice for those who want everything it offers.

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The gist: Continues the tradition of fine ARC preamps.

Price: $9900

Website: www.constellationaudio.com

Aron said: Constellation Audio’s Inspiration Preamp 1.0 is an exceedingly well-engineered audio component. At $9900, its qualities of sound and build are exemplary, and complemented by a unique balance of solid-state fortitude and tube-like refinement.

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The gist: A sound choice in a solid-state preamp for under ten grand.

Price: $30,000

Website: www.simaudio.com

Jeff said: In short, and even taking into account its exalted price of $30,000, nothing about the Simaudio Moon Evolution 850P disappoints. If you’re an audiophile of means who wants a traditional analog preamp, this could be the perfect choice to anchor that magnificent system you’ve been dreaming of.

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The gist: One of the best solid-state preamps you can buy.

Price: $3700

Website: www.simaudio.com 

Erich said: The Simaudio Moon Neo 350P’s sound, connectivity options, and ten-year warranty make it difficult to find another preamplifier in its price range that is as easy to recommend.

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The gist: Preamp specialist Simaudio delivers a really good one for less money.

Price: $5999

Website: www.psaudio.com

Erich said: PS Audio’s BHK Signature preamplifier is a statement product that produced beautiful music. I highly recommend that anyone willing to spend $6000 on a preamp arrange to hear one. I absolutely loved what I heard.

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The gist: Hard to imagine anything under ten grand beating this one.

Price: $1695

Website: www.rogueaudio.com

Thom said: After intensive listening over an extended period, I can unequivocally say that Rogue Audio’s RP-1 is the best preamplifier I’ve ever reviewed. Its phono stage is to die for -- it may be the one I’ve lusted for all my life!

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The gist: Knocked Thom’s socks off.

Price: $8000

Website: www.ybahifi.com

Vade said: The Passion PRE550A looked and sounded gorgeous, is built like a brick privy, has a thoughtfully designed remote control, and no significant vices. I could, and did, happily live with a PRE550A in my system. Very highly recommended.

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The gist: YBA’s new line offers super build and really good sound.

Price: $12,500

Website: www.zandenaudio.com

Garrett said: Attractive, compact, and a sonic wonder, the Zanden 3100 preamp is one of the finest contributions to high-end sound I’ve ever heard.

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The gist: Another gem from Japan.

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