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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...


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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