Price: $3999

Website: www.anthemav.com

Diego said: What Anthem has created is extraordinary for the price -- a full-featured, transparent-sounding preamplifier-DAC with all the analog and digital inputs and outputs most users could ever need (save for HDMI and a headphone jack), and exceptional input-assignment flexibility.

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The gist: Anthem Room Correction is the cherry on top.

Price: $17,500

Website: www.gryphon-audio.dk

Howard said: It’s one of the most engaging, harmonically flush, and musical components I’ve reviewed.

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The gist: Amazing style to go along with the distinctively Gryphon sound.

Price: $14,000

Website: www.mcintoshlabs.com

Aron said: Designed to be the center of any high-quality audio rig, the C1100 offers myriad analog and control connections, MC and MM phono stages, exemplary build quality, luxurious yet intuitive ergonomics, and a rich, inviting sound.

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The gist: Full-featured and great-sounding preamp from the classic American company.

Price: P5 AU$5999, M8 AU$10,399 each

Website: www.rotel.com

Edgar said: Over and above their excellent performance, solid build quality and beautiful modern aesthetics the P5 and M8 monos will provide pride of ownership.

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The gist: Compelling high-end products from a value-conscious brand.

Price: $9000

Website: www.wellsaudio.com

Jeff S. said: The Commander Level II is not inexpensive at $9000, but I don’t recall having ever owned a preamp anywhere near its price that sounded as good, and that includes many that cost considerably more.

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The gist: Boutique preamp with terrific sonics.

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