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Oppo HA-1  - £1,099

Oppo HA-1 - £1,099

Ostensibly, Oppo's new HA-1 is designed to partner its superb PM-1 headphones, but it's so much more than this, says David Price

Parasound ZCD/ZPRE2/ZAMP - £400/£400/£350

Parasound ZCD/ZPRE2/ZAMP - £400/£400/£350

Parasound has launched its new Z Custom Series audio units designed for the home. Neville Roberts checks it out

Cambridge Audio Azur 851D - £1,000

Cambridge Audio Azur 851D - £1,000

For digital devotees who need every base covered, Cambridge Audio has its new 851D DAC/preamplifier. David Price listens in...

Nytech Audio CP132/CPS102/CPA401 - £1,972

Nytech Audio CP132/CPS102/CPA401 - £1,972

Nytech is back with its new preamp/power supply/power amp combination. Lucky David Price is the first to hear it...

Parasound Halo P5 - £999

Parasound Halo P5 - £999

In today's preamplifier world, you've got to be all things to all men - and Parasound's P5 attempts precisely this, says David Price

Densen B-200/B-310 £2,850

Densen B-200/B-310 £2,850

Densen plays it cool, Scandinavian style, though very flexibly - but does the sound quite match?

Quad Elite Pre/Mono - £2,150

Quad Elite Pre/Mono - £2,150

Quad's new Elite series may appeal strongly on visuals and simplicity, but we found lots to like sonically too

Rotel RC-1580/RB-1582 - £2,095

Rotel RC-1580/RB-1582 - £2,095

Lots of power, lots of features - but also plenty of good quality sound to get worked up about

Onkyo P3000R/M5000R - £4,500

Onkyo P3000R/M5000R - £4,500

Get ready - Onkyo is back in 'serious' hi-fi after a 20-year gap and HFC's Ed Selley reckons this new pre/power is a real tour de force

Cayin SP-30S/SP-40M - £1,706/£1,640

Cayin SP-30S/SP-40M - £1,706/£1,640

Jimmy Hughes auditions newcomer Cayin and its retro-inspired pre/power that's giving the high- end establishment a run for its money

Musical Fidelity M6PRE/M6PRX - £1,999/£2,999

Musical Fidelity M6PRE/M6PRX - £1,999/£2,999

Jimmy Hughes auditions Musical Fidelity's 260-watt M6 pre/power and thinks its place in the grand final is guaranteed

Mark Levinson No. 326S - £8,000

Mark Levinson No. 326S - £8,000

Can a preamplifier costing as much as a small car really make a difference? Jason Kennedy ponders the accepted order

Audio Research DS450 - £7,000

Audio Research DS450 - £7,000

US valve stalwart Audio Research has launched its first Class D power amp and as Jimmy Hughes reports, its 450 watts prove addictive

Astin Trew  AT1000/AT5000 - £650/£850

Astin Trew AT1000/AT5000 - £650/£850

Confident duo packs a punch with all types of music, but is less subtle with more complex melodies

NAD C165BEE/C275BEE £650/£900

NAD C165BEE/C275BEE £650/£900

NAD's budget combination looks very promising, but while looks can be deceiving the listening test reveals all

Rotel RC1580/RB1582 - £1,000/£1,100

Rotel RC1580/RB1582 - £1,000/£1,100

An undisputed badge-winner, Rotel promises a great deal for the money and delivers... in spades

Tsakiridis Devices Alexander/Artemis - £1,450/£1,450

Tsakiridis Devices Alexander/Artemis - £1,450/£1,450

Variations in performance levels are disappointing

Cyrus Pre XP D/8 power - £1,350/£875

Cyrus Pre XP D/8 power - £1,350/£875

A traditional-sounding pre/power amp combination from Cyrus, that works hard to establish itself against the competition

Parasound P3/A23 - £800/£900

Parasound P3/A23 - £800/£900

This pre/power duo boasts a sound performance that adds extra dimension to vocals

Top 5 Pre/power amplifiers

NAD C165BEE/C275BEE £650/£900

NAD's budget combination looks very promising, but while looks can be deceiving the listening test reveals all

Parasound P3/A23 - £800/£900

This pre/power duo boasts a sound performance that adds extra dimension to vocals

Rotel RC1580/RB1582 - £1,000/£1,100

An undisputed badge-winner, Rotel promises a great deal for the money and delivers... in spades

Tsakiridis Devices Alexander/Artemis - £1,450/£1,450

Variations in performance levels are disappointing

Audio Research DS450 - £7,000

US valve stalwart Audio Research has launched its first Class D power amp and as Jimmy Hughes reports, its 450 watts prove addictive

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