Best Preamplifiers

Updated December 2019
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192 Consumers Consulted
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Preamps are an important part of an audio signal chain. The device takes an audio signal and shapes it before amplification. When used with a microphone, a preamp opens up many different creative possibilities for getting a sound that stands out regardless of the instrument or voice. Different preamps are classified by their internal construction. Tube preamps, for example, are old-school preamps that use thermionic tubes to color the sound with better highs and bass along with a warmer tone. Solid state preamps, on the other hand, use transistors for faster signal processing. There are also a few digital options if you want the latest and greatest processing technology.

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