phono preamplifiers

AMG Teatro Phono Cartridge & Musical Surroundings Nova II Phono Preamplifier

AMG has received a mountain of positive press over the past couple of years with their high performance Viella 12, AKA ‘V12’, turntable. This turntable has been included in display systems by a significant number of exhibitors at various audio shows in lieu of brands that might be more familiar to the audio public.

AQVOX Phono 2CI Mk. II Phono Preamplifier

The AQVOX Phono 2CI phono preamplifier is a surprise in a number of ways. I recall a lot of discussion about the high cost of “audio jewelry”. This cosmetic feature added elaborate front panels and other adornments to audio components that may have added some sonic benefit but certainly added significantly to the cost. In recent years, I am seeing less of this extravagance in high end components.

Art Audio Vinyl 1 Phono Preamplifier

The arrival of the Art Audio Vinyl 1 phono preamplifier was eagerly anticipated. We all know that someone with unlimited funds can assemble an outstanding music reproduction system. Sure, it takes time and care to find the right combination of components that work synergistically together. But with unlimited options and enough time, there is no risk of failure.

Atma-sphere MP-3 Preamplifier with Jensen 347 MC Transformers

NOTE TO READERS: (Year 2006) Atma-sphere has been asked repeatedly over several years to comply with 10 Audio's policy on quotes (please see the bottom of the Home Page). They continue to refuse this simple courtesy.

Audio Horizons TP 8.0sMCpn Phono and TP 2.1RnB Line Preamplifiers

Sometimes we are lucky by being in the right place at the right time. In this case, I happened to see the AudiogoN ad for Audio Horizons gear and clicked on the link to their Web site. Seeing the name of Joseph Chow, a long-time audio hardware engineer and a name I recognized, I researched his current products with great interest. In the past, Mr. Chow designed FM tuners for Kenwood and Proton.

B.M.C. MCCI Signature ULN Phono Preamplifier

The original B.M.C. Audio MCCI phono preamplifier earned very positive reviews when it was introduced in 2013. Carlos Candeias used his designs for the $1400 Aqvox Phono 2Ci, reviewed here on 10 Audio, and introduced a much-upgraded model as the MCCI under his own brand, B.M.C. Audio. The MCCI ($3890) was replaced with the MCCI Signature ($4298) in 2016.

BAT VK-P5 and VK-P20 Phono Preamplifiers

The Balanced Audio Technology VK-P5 phono preamplifier is a well built, reliable, and easy to use stand-alone phono stage. It was a sonic disappointment.

Bob’s Devices CineMag 1131 Blue Step Up Transformer

I can sum up this review right now: Turn it up! Loud has never sounded so good!

Bob’s Devices Moving Coil Step-Up Transformer

The idea of using a step up transformer between a moving coil phono cartridge and an active phono preamplifier seems like an ideal solution for boosting the tiny voltage from the cartridge. A step up provides needed gain for the microvolts produced by a phono cartridge, and also provides the proper load for the cartridge’s impedance.

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