Tag Archives: Preamplifier

The end of Linn preamps means – well, the end of Linn preamps. That’s all.

Having claimed to sound the death-knell for the CD player six years ago, Linn’s now calling time on the hi-fi preamplifier. It’ll take more than that…

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Naim does DSD with new NAC-N 272 preamp/DAC/network player

New from Naim is the £3300 NAC-N 272, a combined network music player, DAC and preamplifier – and for the first time in a Naim product it can play DSD files, either from local storage such as USB devices or streamed over a home network. The reason I was down in Salisbury last week – […]

Making a Statement: building Naim’s super-amp

Naim boss Paul Stephenson may say ‘We’re glad 2014 is behind us, and we can move on’ – he admits times were tough last summer, mainly due to global economic and political unrest –, but the company is still upbeat after recording its best-ever sales last year, with record months in the last quarter. Giving […]

Cambridge Audio Azur 851 E and 851W

REVIEW: Cambridge Audio Azur 851E/851W

Heavyweight pre/power amplifier is a remarkable purist flagship for the value for money range This year marks two decades since London-based Audio Partnership acquired the Cambridge Audio brand, and in those 20 years the company has moved on from the initial budget amplifier offerings under the new ownership to a wide-ranging product portfolio. As well […]

Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier

REVIEW: Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier – so much more than the name suggests

The new headphone amp from Meridian is its most ambitious personal audio product so far, with analogue and digital inputs, processing to get the sound out of your head and the ability to be used as a preamp And then there were three: on the heels of Meridian’s Explorer DAC/headphone amp and recently-launched Director DAC […]

REVIEW: Naim SUPERNAIT 2 – proving that less is more

There’s setting trends, there’s following trends – and then there’s apparently flying in the face of fashion, which is usually either very brave or very dumb. I mean, look at the consumer electronics market: it’s simply stuffed with ‘me too’ products, showing a woeful lack of inspiration and an entirely risk-averse strategy. A company launches […]