An audiophile preamp accepts audio inputs (mostly analog), switches the inputs and raises the level of the selected input from line level to a point where a power amplifier can boost the sound to a more meaningful volume.  Audiophile preamps can take digital inputs. Audiophile preamps can be solid state or tube designs. Preamps can also be merged with power amps to make an integrated amp.

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Five Classic Preamplifiers Still Worth a Look Today


Some components have longevity. No matter how much time goes by, they always seem to retain their quality. These are five preamplifiers that have managed to stand the test of time and are worthy of your attention.

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