Audiomat Prelude Amplifiers

4.33/5 (6 Reviews) MSRP : $2500.00


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Integrated tube amplifier


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gilluc a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I and my nephew were looking for any amplifier for his couple of b&w 804 loudspeakers...
We tested naim, vecteur, vincent, ...
The prelude is like a new birth, no other amplifier is able to give you this sound at this price...
Yeah, naim is great but very pricey!
The b&w 804 and prelude are beautyful...

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard Ward a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have the Prelude reference model that includes aremote and maybe newer parts than the original Prelude.

This amp provided an immediate improvement in overall listening pleasure from my previous antique sound lab amp model aq1003dt which also uses el34 tubes. Has the smooth lifelike midrange of other tube amps but also has extended highs and deep tight bass of transister amps. However, unlike the solid state amps that people claim to be "tube like" , I can listen to this Audiomat amp for hours without any listener fatigue. I highly recommend this amp.

I do think that the concerns the disgruntled owner below mentions are somewhat valid as I believe there are only five dealers in the U.S.A. and resale could be a problem. However, if you build a great product, and this is a great product, word will spread , and it is already. See the Listener review a couple of months ago of the less expensive but similar arpege model, no remote and less expensive box, etc. They loved it. 5 stars for sure.

my equipment includes:
Meadowlark Hotrod speakers
Cambrige Audio cd5 (interim player until sacd, etc. works itself out).
various cables from the name brands.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Purchased At:   Sonic Culture



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by backer jean-claude a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2000

Bottom Line:   
je suis tres satisfait de cet ampli il est capable d'alimenter beaucoup d'enceintes.Il est tres ouvert avec un grave profond et ferme,un beau medium et un aigu parfais

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $3200.00



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Francis a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I have owned my Audiomat for 2 years now, and switched to the Sim. I put the Prelude for sale for a full year on various audio sites, with no success (audiocentre.com, canuckaudiomart, Audiogon). As far as the amp goes, it's a good performer with nice midrange and highs...but sory folks, as far as power and low end, even the thin sounding Krell 300i walks all over it. The previous reviewer must be a dealer? Why the low resale value? In my humble opinion, Audiomat's independant and slightly arrogant distributor, with his "full retail price philosophy at all times" (wake up this is america!)has managed to build a confidential network of dealers at best. I live in Montreal, which should be Audiomat's kingdom for any French manufactured audio good. BUT THERE IS NO DEALER HERE, EVEN THOUGH THE NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTOR RESIDES HERE! So here we have it. If the Prelude or any other Audiomat product sound good to you (and they are good machines)AND you intend to keep the unit for a long, long time, it's a good buy. In any other case, it's just another good sounding product with zero notoriety and zero resale value that will frighten people away looking for a better investment. 3 stars for overall qualities, 1 star for value. As good as it is, I just cannot recommend this unit. There are better ones out there for less money, and you can still dream about upgrading one day and not lose your shirt for it.
Mine is still for sale by the way....

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AudioHappy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Sound is fuller with MORE accurate bass production than the Krell 300i. Voices and acoustics rendered beautifully, smooth highs, very engaging. Not bright at all. I'm amazed by the power and accuracy of the bass however. This is a rare tube amp that can "rock" with the best solid states out there. Ultimate resolution may not be to the heights of the best SS, but the sound it creates is undeniably music to listen to hours on end, classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, techno, etc.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000




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