It always amasses me how the audio media pull out of it’s ass a “literature” about preamps. They write review after review, admiring the sexy knobs, amusing futures and the reported “musicality” but ironically a year after year NONE of the audio propaganda participants did the only thing that must be done in the BEGINNING of any conversations about preamplifier performance: how transparent the given preamp is.
Ironically to test a transparency of a preamp is superbly simple. Take a simple good quality DC coupled mono source with output impedance of a few ohms drive with it an amplifier. Then inje!!ct a preamp between the source and amplifier. If ANYTHING changed in sound, literally anything (!!!) then it came from the preamp. How simple should it be!?
However, pay attention that none of the Morons who write those idiotic reviews for you ever did it for you. Do you wonder why? Because in order to make a positive review the reviewer should start his review by claiming the preamp’s transparency and describing the result of his “preamp bypass” assessment. But here is a catch: if a reviewer writhe BS about “wide soundstage” and “Patricia Barber on his laps” then he demonstrated to his readers no verifiable or credible BS. However, if the reviewer did claim for a given preamp the success during the “bypass test” but the consumer bought the preamp and in context of his playback the “bypass test” failed then one of three conditions is true:
1) The reviewer is deaf idiot who has no business to write about audio assessments.
2) The reviewer has no transparent or indicative/illustrative playback installation that incapable him to write about audio assessments.
3) The reviewer is fraudulently dishonest that does qualify him to be where he is – to be aTampax of Audio Industry
So, what I feel that the Morons who write their audio doodles do not do for this readers the simple “bypass test” juts because they scared liability and afraid to publicly expose their incompetence and uselessness.
So, when you read a review of ANY preamp when the author did not make his “bypass test” assessment then discard anything else that will follow because you deal with an author whom I have described in one of the 3 entries above.
Romy the caT
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche