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Preamplifiers

A preamplifier, often referred to as a 'preamp', is a key component in Hifi systems, designed to process and amplify audio signals before they reach the power amplifier. Its primary role is to take the low-level output from audio sources like turntables, CD players, or streaming devices and prepare it for further amplification.
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    Tangent Pre Amp II Pre-Amplifier

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    The Tangent Pre-Ampster II is a new generation pre-amplifier and a seamless addition to Tangent's stylish and popular range of compact, convenientl...

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    Art Pro Audio Tube MP/C E4 Preamplifier

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    The Tube MP/C (Preamplifier/Compressor) is a multi-purpose tool for audio engineering and recording. Two independent circuits featuring a tub...

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    Primare PRE35 DAC Modular Preamplifier and Digital to Analog Converter

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    The PRE35 DAC is a versatile and advanced audio component that seamlessly combines a balanced stereo preamplifier with the NEW DM35 digital-to-anal...

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    Quad Artera Play+ CD/Pre Amplifier Black

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    CD, Dac, Pre-amp The Artera Play+ is the latest addition to the Artera range. The Artera Play+ Combines the sleek user interface with the latest hi...

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    Quad Artera Play+ CD/Pre Amplifier Silver

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    CD, Dac, Pre-amp The Artera Play+ is the latest addition to the Artera range. The Artera Play+ Combines the sleek user interface with the latest hi...

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    Quad Artera Preamplifier Silver

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    The QUAD Artera Pre is a pure analogue preamplifier, combining innovative modern British design with the QUAD sound signature traditions, characteri...

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    Quad Artera Preamplifier Black

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    The QUAD Artera Pre is a pure analogue preamplifier, combining innovative modern British design with the QUAD sound signature traditions, characteri...

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    Primare SC15 Prisma MK2 Network player and Digital to Analogue Converter

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    Unmatched Performance, Elegant Design: Continuing the Primare tradition, the SC15 Prisma MK2 redefines music performance from a compact, elegant de...

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    McIntosh C8 Valve 2-Channel Preamplifier

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    Aesthetic Harmony and Sonic BrillianceThe McIntosh C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, featuring an open-chassis industrial design reminiscent of its accl...

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    Chord Prima Preamplifier-Black

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    The Chord Prima preamplifier is housed in a space-saving design and matches perfectly with the Etude power amplifier, compact in design it might be...

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    TASCAM IXZ MIC/INSTRUMENT PREAMP FOR IOS

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    The DR-44WLB revolutionises handheld recorders with its Wi-Fi feature. A free app for iOS or Android devices provides control, file transfer, and a...

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    JBL SYNTHESIS SDP75-24 A/V PROCESSOR

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    Replacement stylus for AT91 cartridge. The ATN91 is also compatible stylus for CN5625AL and AT90 discontinued cartridges. The ATN91 is also upgrade...

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    JBL SYNTHESIS SDP75-32 A/V PROCESSOR

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    SETTING NEW STANDARDS Powered by unrivalled processing capabilities and exclusive technologies, the SDP-75 opens the way to a whole new generation ...

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    Emotiva BasX PT1 Stereo Preamplifier/DAC/Tuner

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    The BasX PT1 enables you to experience the flexibility and superb sound quality you can achieve with separate audiophile components at a surprising...

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    Emotiva BasX TA1 Stereo Preamp/DAC/Tuner/Amplifier

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    The BasX TA1 enables you to experience the flexibility and superb sound quality you can achieve with separate audiophile components at a surprising...

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    Primare PRE35 Pre Amplifier

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    The PRE35 modular preamplifier distinguishes itself with dual XLR inputs and outputs, showcasing a fully balanced analog preamplification circuitry...

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    Art Pro Audio Tube MP Studio V3 Preamplifier

    Art Pro Audio
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    Innovative Built-In Pre-sets V3 provides an optimized reference points to begin the recording process. The V3 pre-sets were created and fine-...

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    Art Pro Audio Tube MP Project Series USB Preamplifier

    Art Pro Audio
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    The Tube MP Project Series is a professional quality audio interface that lets you connect microphone, instrument, and line level signals to audio ...

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    Cyrus Pre-XR Preamplifier

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    The Pre-XR is housed in the familiar Cyrus precision die-cast case, but everything internally has changed. With ground-up engineering inside, an al...

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FAQs about Preamplifiers

A preamplifier, often referred to as a preamp, is a key component in high-fidelity audio systems. It serves to amplify the low-level signals from audio sources like turntables, CD players, and digital streaming devices to a level where they can be further amplified by a power amplifier. Beyond amplification, preamps often provide source selection, volume control, and sometimes tone control, ensuring the signal is properly prepared for amplification with minimal noise and distortion.

A preamplifier is crucial for achieving high-quality sound reproduction in your audio system. It ensures that the weak signals from your audio sources are amplified without adding significant noise or distortion, allowing the power amplifier to work efficiently. Additionally, a good preamp allows for seamless switching between different audio sources and precise volume control, enhancing your overall listening experience.

Yes, an integrated amplifier combines both a preamplifier and a power amplifier in a single unit. Integrated amplifiers are a convenient and often more affordable option for those looking to simplify their audio systems without multiple separate components. However, dedicated preamplifiers and power amplifiers might offer superior performance and flexibility, appealing to audiophiles and those seeking the ultimate audio experience.

A phono preamplifier is a specialized type of preamp designed specifically for turntables. It not only amplifies the very weak signal from a turntable's cartridge but also applies the RIAA equalization curve necessary to restore the original sound fidelity of vinyl records. This equalization compensates for the alterations made during the record cutting process. While some standard preamplifiers include a built-in phono stage, others require an external phono preamp to connect a turntable.

When selecting a high-quality preamplifier, consider factors such as sound quality, build quality, connectivity options, and features that match your audio system's needs. Look for low noise levels, high signal-to-noise ratio, and minimal distortion to ensure clean sound reproduction. Connectivity is also key, so ensure it has enough inputs for all your sources. Additional features like remote control, adjustable gain settings, and high-quality volume controls can further enhance your listening experience.

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