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  • AudioQuest - DragonFly Red - USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp - DRAGONFLYRED Australia Brisbane
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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...
    $290.00
    $276.00
  • Pro-Ject - Phono Box E BT - Preamplifier

    Phono pre-amplifier with line in and wireless Bluetooth streaming output Our entry level phono stage has been highly requested by the aspiring and rising audiophile. After the big success of...
    $199.00
  • Pro-Ject - Tube Box S2 - Phono Preamplifier - TUBEBOX-S2-BLACK Australia Brisbane Pro-Ject - Tube Box S2 - Phono Preamplifier - TUBEBOX-S2-BLACK Australia Brisbane
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    Pro-Ject - Tube Box S2 - Phono Preamplifier

    Tube Box S2 is our very first product to feature a fully discreet circuit design without using any operational amplifiers (OpAmps). It also is the first product to come with...
    $650.00
    $598.00
  • 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...
    $1,699.00
    $1,529.00
  • Pro-Ject - Pre Box S2 Digital - Digital micro preamplifier (MQA & DSD512)

    Digital micro preamplifier with MQA and DSD512 support A performance revolution in a small package! Pre Box S2 Digital marks a new era for our S-series components. For the very...
    $590.00
  • Cambridge Audio - Duo - MC & MM Phono Preamplifier

    Squeeze every inch of detail from your record collection with our highest quality moving magnet and moving coil phono stage, with integrated headphone amp; the Duo Phono Preamplifier.   Features...
    $449.00
  • Rotel - RC-1572 - Preamplifier - RC1572-BLACK Australia Brisbane Rotel - RC-1572 - Preamplifier - RC1572-BLACK Australia Brisbane
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    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...
    $1,799.00
    $1,599.00
  • 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...
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    $2,419.00
  • PrimaLuna - Dialogue Premium - Preamplifier - DIALOGUE-PREMIUM-PRE Australia Brisbane PrimaLuna - Dialogue Premium - Preamplifier - DIALOGUE-PREMIUM-PRE Australia Brisbane
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    PrimaLuna - Dialogue Premium - Preamplifier

    An incredible feat If 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...
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    $4,080.00
  • Pro-Ject - Pre Box S2 Analogue - Preamplifier Pro-Ject - Pre Box S2 Analogue - Preamplifier
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    Pro-Ject - Pre Box S2 Analogue - Preamplifier

    Audiophile pre-amplifier with 3 line inputs and remote control! Pre Box S2 Analogue features three line level inputs, two pairs of RCA sockets as well as one separate 3.5 millimeter...
    $380.00
    $358.00
  • Cambridge Audio - Solo - MM Phono Preamplifier

    Enjoy every last detail from your vinyl collection with our highest quality moving magnet phono stage, the Solo Phono Preamplifier.   Features Vinyl As It's Supposed to Sound Whether you’re...
    $299.00
  • 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...
    $3,495.00
  • 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...
    $2,775.00
    $2,699.00
  • Rega - Aura - MC Preamplifier

    The Rega Aura is a three stage, all symmetrical pre-amplifier. The first stage is a symmetrical, complementary class A amplifier, using parallel connected Linear Systems ultra-low noise FET (Field Effect...
    $7,999.00
  • Cyrus - Stream XP2 QX - Streamer & Preamp DAC

    This model incorporates our streaming engine with a high-performance DAC and preamplifier. This source/preamp/DAC is the ideal cornerstone for building a modern hi-fi system. Match this versatile source/control model with...
    $2,899.00
  • Cyrus - PRE2 DAC - Preamplifier & DAC

    Moving to a separate pre-amplifier and power amplifier offers another level of refinement to enthusiasts looking to upgrade from an integrated amplifier, or those looking to build a reference-grade system....
    $1,899.00
  • Pro-Ject - Phono Box S2 - Phono Preamplifier

    Phono Box S2 - setting new standards for entry-level phono stages! Phono Box S was one of our favourite products, it offered unrivalled sonics and versitality at a very affordable...
    $280.00
  • Marantz - AV7704 - Preamplifier

    For those building the ultimate home entertainment system, the AV7704 is a no-compromise 11.2-channel AV processor and pre-amplifier, designed for use with high-quality external power amplification or active speakers. It...
    $3,970.00
  • Marantz - AV8805 - Preamplifier

    The versatile Marantz AV8805 pre-amplifier redefines the audiophile home cinema and music listening experience with an unprecedented 13.2 channel processing capability, and support for virtually any high-resolution multichannel audio format....
    $6,730.00
  • HEOS - SuperLink - Multi-Room Preamplifier

    Whole home multi-zone audio in a single chassis. Specifically designed with the custom installer in mind—and building off the success of the HEOS Link—the Denon HEOS Super Link provides coverage...
    $2,199.00
  • Plinius - RM10 - Preamplifier

    Everything about the Reference M-10 preamplifier demonstrates Plinius’ relentless quest for designs that reveal all the detail in your music, delivered in sophisticated styling that gets your attention. Years of...
    $16,995.00
  • 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...
    $12,600.00
  • 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,...
    $7,200.00
  • 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
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Preamplifiers

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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