"Best Of 2001" A/V Preamps
Adcom GTP 830
At $1,200 the Adcom GTP 830 is a logical upgrade from an AV receiver as well as a great sounding AV preamp capable of excellent musical and home theater performances. While missing component video switching, the sound of this affordable AV preamp makes it Best of winner for 2001.
Anthem AVM 20
While the review has been delayed until January 2002, the Anthem AVM 20 demands a Best of Award based on the glowing review from Bryan Southard. With all of the latest goodies like 7.1 processing, multiple component video inputs, 24 bit DACs and 5.1 analog inputs for DVD-Audio or SACD, the AVM 20 can pull of tricks that AV preamps costing triple the price fall short of - all at a price barely above $3,000.
B&K Ref 30
Another new value-priced contender that caught the attention of Brian Kahn, the B&K Ref 30 also is ready for the latest formats with 5.1 analog inputs and excellent video switching.
$4,995 – At its price point, the Proceed leads the others with great-sounding DACs and processors, along with software upgradeable feature sets that can be downloaded from the Internet.
Sunfire Theater Grand II
$3,200 – The Sunfire Theater Grand II has all-new circuitry, making it different from the first version. It is an audio preamp first, with Sunfire’s tube-like sound and many of the latest features and inputs needed for a modern home theater.
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