web analytics

Archives: Reviews - Preamplifiers

NAIM Uniti Headphone Edition

Review Naim Uniti HE – Atom Headphone Edition – Head First

Personal audio has been on the rise for a while. Witness the many high-end ‘cans’ that have appeared on the market in recent years. Because every headphone is constructed differently and has different impedances, more and more ‘dedicated’ headphone amplifiers are seeing the light of day. You can find them for a few hundred euros […]

Holo Audio Serene 1

Review Holo Audio Serene Level 1 preamplifier – Tastefully Serene

In Japanese folklore, the fox is a mythical creature that can turn into a human or live in symbiosis with humans. A lot of manga comics and cartoons use this theme and Kitsune Audio also bases its logo on this illustrious animal. Kitsune Audio is the U.S. distributor of the Chinese Holo Audio from engineer […]

Cambridge Edge NQ en Edge W

Cambridge Audio Edge NQ and Edge W – On the edge of your seat

On the occasion of their 50th anniversary, Cambridge Audio released the new Edge series in 2018 and although circumstances prevented us from testing it at the time, we are pleased to be able to do so today. Because if there’s one thing we’ve found over the past few weeks it’s that these devices still perform […]

Lab 12 pre amp en dac

Review Lab12 pre1 and dac1 reference

Anyone who follows us a bit knows that we don’t really prefer tubes at Alpha Audio. Yet today we have no less than two devices with those bulbs under the hood. Why, you may ask? We’re happy to tell you in the story below. Of course, some nuance is needed because tubes in a preamplifier […]

Mass test – Six tube amps – Live Stream replay

Live Tests are fun. And very instructive. For example, you learn which combinations work well and which differences you can and should expect when you change an amplifier. In this test of six tube amps the differences are – as expected – quite audible. But you as a viewer can easily see and hear that […]

Violectric DHA 590

Review Violectric DHA V590 headphone amp – pre-amp – dac

A never-ending quest for the ideal audio device is what the English so eloquenty call ‘the agony and the ecstacy’. What if we had a preamplifier that could also be used as a stand alone DAC? And that also has analog inputs? Balanced and a single ended topology? And last but not least, a premium […]

Review Audio GD R27 pre-amp / dac/ headphone amp

We’ve been a bit on a Chinese tour the last few months. We have gotten to know a select group of manufacturers. Our journey began with the excellent Kinki Studio EX-M1+, we continued and checked out a beautiful duo from Jay’s Audio (CDT-2 and DAC-2). And then we got to the special Denafrips Ares II. […]

Rotel Michi

Review Rotel Michi P5 and S5

If you are looking for a serious ‘amp-duo’, you will usually find yourself lookng at Pass Labs, AVM, Bryston, Ayre … Moon… or maybe Yamaha 5000 series. Just to name but a few examples. But Rotel…? Not directly. Until today. Because the new Rotel Michi line… yeah: yummy! We’re testing the Rotel Michi P5 and […]

Rotel Michi

Preview – Video – Rotel Michi P5 and S5

Rotel Michi… …that’s a name that gives many a lover beautiful thoughts. This high-end line of Rotel in the 90’s was an answer to the established high-end order. No compromise made, beautiful finish, lots of power and of course a super high quality CD player. The series is still doing well on the 2nd hand […]

NAD C658

Review NAD C 658 dac – pre-amp – streamer

In recent years we see more and more all-in-one devices appearing on the market and although initially people looked down on these crammed boxes, they seem to determine the future of the audio world today; the year 2020. In recent months we have seen the birth of the Nad M10, Hegel H120, Arcam SA30 and […]

}