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  • AudioQuest - DragonFly Red - USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp

    While the original DragonFly defined the market for micro-DACs, its USB power draw made it compatible with computers only. Music lovers have craved a more portable version—one that could be...
  • PrimaLuna - Prologue Premium - Preamplifier - PROLOGUE-PREMIUM-PRE Australia Brisbane PrimaLuna - Prologue Premium - Preamplifier - PROLOGUE-PREMIUM-PRE Australia Brisbane
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    PrimaLuna - Prologue Premium - Preamplifier

    New power transformers. Heavy-duty, dual-mono power transformers increase control and detail. Additional windings were added to each transformer for improved synergy with the optional PhonoLogue MM phono stage. The preamp...
  • Rotel - RC 1570 - Preamplifier - RC-1570-PRE-AMP-BLACK Australia Brisbane
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    Rotel - RC 1570 - Preamplifier

    RC-1570 Stereo preamplifier Separate components hold the promise of the best possible fidelity, since each device is optimised for its role in the sound reproduction chain. Rotel has been designing...
  • Perreaux - Audiant DP32 - Preamplifier & DAC

    The Audiant DP32 is a USB DAC preamplifier equipped with a 32-bit digital to analogue converter (DAC), fully balanced analogue audio circuits and ample input options – featuring AES/EBU digital input...
  • Arcam - FMJ C49 - Preamplifier

    Utilising the best quality components and circuitry, alongside Arcam's nearly 40 years of engineering feats and awards, the Arcam C49 preamplifier is the absolute pinnacle in the successful Arcam lineup....
  • Pathos - Incontrol Stereo Pre - Preamplifier

    InControl is a two stage preamplifier entirely and intrinsically balanced, operating in pure Class A.The InControl project started exactly with this goal: to provide the InPower monoblocks with a control...
  • Pathos - Synapse Stereo Pre - Preamplifier

    The worthy partner for an amplifier like Adrenalin is a new balanced preamplifier that represents the state-of-the-art of Pathos technology. The apparatus is made of two chassis. The inferior part...
  • Plinius - Kaitaki - Line Level Preamplifier

    The optional adjustable phono stage model allows enjoyment of vinyl at a sophisticated level without the need to purchase a specialised phono preamplifier. Visible controls on the Kaitaki are the...
    From $5,995.00
  • Plinius - Tautoro - Preamplifier

    Ideally of course it mates beautifully with Plinius' top range of power amps. Designed to support Plinius' top end power amplifiers, the Tautoro Preamplifier has a comprehensive array of inputs...
    From $9,495.00
  • PrimaLuna - Dialogue Premium - Preamplifier

    An incredible featIf you look at the finest cost-no-object tube preamps, ones costing $10,000, $20,000, even $30,000, you will see a several things in common: The best tube preamps will...
  • Rotel - RC-1590 - Stereo Preamplifier - RC-1590-BLACK Australia Brisbane Rotel - RC-1590 - Stereo Preamplifier - RC-1590-BLACK Australia Brisbane
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    Rotel - RC-1590 - Stereo Preamplifier

    It's all about control. The RC-1590 stereo preamplifier has been engineered to the highest audio performance levels and provides an incredible level of control and flexibility for the user. Starting...
  • Chord Electronics - CPA 2500 - Preamplifier

    The CPA 2500 is our entry-level preamp and represents the most affordable way into Chord pre/power ownership. A full-width design and the perfect complement to our SPM 650 power amp,...
  • Chord Electronics - CPA 3000 - Preamplifier

    The CPA 3000 shares many of the features found in the entry-level CPA 2500, but also draws on technologies found in our flagship Reference range preamps. Compared to its CPA...
  • Rotel - RC-1572 - Preamplifier

    The heart of an uncompromising audiophile stereo “separates” system is the preamplifier. Separate components hold the promise of the best possible fidelity, since each device is optimised for its role...


You have a lot of decisions to make when choosing an amplifier. One of the first and most important of these is to decide if you’re going to go with an integrated amp, or purchase separate a preamplifier and power amplifier. An integrated amp (or receiver) does the job of both a preamplifier (which accepts the source connections and allows for controls), and a power amplifier (which does the heaving lifting of amplifying the signal for your speakers). But when you split these two components up, a lot of really cool things can start happening.

A preamplifier processes the signal from your audio source, turning a low-voltage, high-impedance signal susceptible to signal degradation, into a higher-voltage, low-impedance signal. This process is known as gain (a number you’ll see on preamp specs and controls). The preamp then sends this output to the power amplifier.

A jump in sound quality is the first thing you’ll notice when you’re using a separate preamplifier. There are a couple of reasons for this, which we’ll explain here (don’t worry, we’re only going to get mildly technical, stick with us). See, a drawback of integrated amps is that the two functions they’re simultaneously performing can actually contradict each other, because taking care of the inputs uses delicate and low voltage circuitry, while the actual amplification requires higher voltage and currents. An integrated amp has to pull double duty, and a lot of the circuitry for the preamp has to work around the power amp section. But with independent pre and power amplifiers, the internals of each can be laid out in the best way possible for performing its single task. Signal paths are shorter, and components can be placed where they need to be. It takes out all the compromise of an integrated amp and gives you pure, glorious sound in return.

Preamps also have controls that a power amp doesn’t provide, like volume control and input selection, and most also have controls for balance, tone, and a headphone jack. Some also come with a remote control, so keep an eye out for that if it’s important to you.

Be sure to match your preamplifier and power amplifier carefully. The timbres produced by both preamplifier and power amplifier need to be carefully matched to ensure the optimum sound quality and performance. Give us a call or shoot us an email if you have any questions, and we’ll be happy to help you pick the perfect preamp. And remember that we’ve got you covered with the best prices and free shipping every day.

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