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Thread: The 12 Most Significant Preamps of all Time

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    The 12 Most Significant Preamps of all Time

    1. Audio Research corporation sp3 1972 $650

    2. Marantz model 7 1958 $254

    3. Dynaco pAS-3 1960 $60(kit) $80 (assembled)

    4. MarkLlevinson lpn/jc-2 1973 $1100

    5. Vendetta Research scp-2 1988 $1895

    6. Conrad Johnson art/gat 1996 $14,995/$20,000

    7. Harmon kardon citation 1 $139 (kit) $239(wired)

    8. Audible illusions modulus 3a 1996 $1895

    9. Quad 33 1967 $120

    10. Conrad-Johnson premier 3 1983 $2850

    11. Mark levinson no.32 reference 1999 $14,950

    12. Audio Research sp-10/sp11 1982/1984 $2995/$14995
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregadd View Post
    1. Audio Research corporation sp3 1972 $650

    2. Marantz model 7 1958 $254

    3. Dynaco pAS-3 1960 $60(kit) $80 (assembled)

    4. MarkLlevinson lpn/jc-2 1973 $1100

    5. Vendetta Research scp-2 1988 $1895

    6. Conrad Johnson art/gat 1996 $14,995/$20,000

    7. Harmon kardon citation 1 $139 (kit) $239(wired)

    8. Audible illusions modulus 3a 1996 $1895

    9. Quad 33 1967 $120

    10. Conrad-Johnson premier 3 1983 $2850

    11. Mark levinson no.32 reference 1999 $14,950

    12. Audio Research sp-10/sp11 1982/1984 $2995/$14995
    The Vendetta was a phono stage.

    http://www.stereophile.com/phonopreamps/640/

    I wasn't an ARC SP11 fan. Step backwards IMHO. Start of their lean, hyper definition period.
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    If you don't mind me asking, where did this list come from?

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    The Vendetta was a phono stage.
    Correct. I started to point out it was most often sold (or demoed) with an ARC Line stage. Also notable was the name Vendetta. JC thought he had been used and others took credit for his work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    If you don't mind me asking, where did this list come from?

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    Sorry Tom. My computer must have dropped it. the absolute sound issue 223 may/june 2012 pg.39.
    Science should strive to make a perfect product instead of tryingr to convince me that it already has.

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    Ahhh, thank you Sir.

    Tom
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    No Apt/Holman or CAT.... oh well
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    I guess dealing with any modern codec (DTS-MA/Dolby TrueHD,FLAC, etc.) or being able to handle more than 2 channels or being able to do Room Correction or ...

    None of that must be 'significant'. Right

    That's not a list from 2012, more like from 1980. I guess this explains why I do not subscribe to the AS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregadd View Post
    Also notable was the name Vendetta. JC thought he had been used and others took credit for his work.
    That's not quite the story as I know it But in part, what you said is true. And not only used but John wasn't paid for his work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonFo View Post
    I guess dealing with any modern codec (DTS-MA/Dolby TrueHD,FLAC, etc.) or being able to handle more than 2 channels or being able to do Room Correction or ...

    None of that must be 'significant'. Right

    That's not a list from 2012, more like from 1980. I guess this explains why I do not subscribe to the AS
    Or maybe it was limited to two channel?
    Myles B. Astor, PhD
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