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(2019) Preamplifiers

Price: $15,000

Website: www.audioresearch.com

Aron said: In my time with it, I quickly learned that Audio Research’s Reference 6 preamplifier is one of those rare products capable of producing a quality of sound greater than might be suggested by the sum of its parts. In my time with it, I quickly learned that Audio Research’s Reference 6 preamplifier is one of those rare products capable of producing a quality of sound greater than might be suggested by the sum of its parts.

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The gist: Aron bought the review sample.

Price: $5300

Website: www.simaudio.com

Diego said: All of this functionality comes in a package that delivers on Moon’s promise of superlative sound and build quality, and is warranted for ten years -- exceptionally long in high-end audio. Printed on the 390’s carton is a promise of “The Performance of a Lifetime,” and I can’t disagree.

Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.

The gist: This thing does way more than a traditional preamp and sounds good while doing it.

Price: $28,000

Website: www.vac-amps.com

Garrett said: I found in it virtually no faults to speak of -- its prowess was evident with all genres of music, and its built-in phono stage was of reference level and the equal of almost any other standalone phono stage other than the most extreme luxury models I’ve heard.

Read the SoundStage! Ultra review.

The gist: Expensive but with some endearing sonic qualities.

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