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Audio Refinement Pre 5
11 Reviews
rating  4.64 of 5
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Description: <br>&middot; Frequency : 10Hz - 60KHz <br>&middot; Harmonic Distortion:< 0.03% <br>&middot; Signal to Noise Ratio:90 dB <br>&middot; Output Voltage:2V RMS <br>&middot; Dimensions:442W x 320D x 105H (mm) <br>&middot; Weight: 4.5 kg <br>&middot; Input/Output: Stereo inputs(5 sets) <br>Stereo outputs(2 sets) <br>&middot; 5.1 input/output(1set)


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

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2009

Bottom Line:   
after reading a review on the Parasound P7 and many of the Stereophile Music in the Round articles, I wanted to upgrade the home theatre to an all analogue system from my Pioneer Elite receiver (circa 2002/3). The Pre5 multi-channel pre-amp definitely popped up in my search for something similar to the P7 but at a more affordable price point. I have matched this pre-amp with Parasound MCA-855 5 channel amp and use the analogue outputs from my Panasonic BD10A blu-ray player as the main source. For HDMI video switching, I found a Key Digital HDMI4x1 video processor and to maintain TV/Dolby Digital, picked up a Marantz DP870 Dolby Digital preamp in bypass mode for the Audio Refinement Pre5.

The sound improvements were so night and day that I was floored!! The biggest improvements beyond raw power was incredible clarity in the centre channel and a lot larger sound staging. Before my upgrade, I did audition a lot of higher end Receivers and listened to a few friend's home set ups. They really don't match the detail I get out of this set up now. One friend who came over immediately noticed the improved centre channel also.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tripping Billy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Awesome. Transparent, yet dynamic.

Works well in front of tubes.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Web



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dpl35 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I have to say that I was very disappointed with the Audio Refinement Pre-5. I thought the build quilaity was horrible, very cheap. The volume and selector knobs seemed loose. The sound was less than stellar, I felt it was thin sounding.
I owned it for a week, and then sold it.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $575.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jwh2323 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I'll try to keep this short. Oustanding preamp. Have been listening to it for three weeks now and it has been an absolute breath of fresh air. I had to downgrade my system from surround to two channel because of space. I use a parasound halo a51 to bi-amp NHT Evoluition T5 towers. I had an ultra-highclass processor that I had to sell on ebay, and the pre5, to be honest, shines. And I mean it shines. Instruments image, and images are solid across the soundstage with wonderful depth on music and movies. I spin lps - music hall mmf 5, top level goldring cart, with a cambridge audio 640p pre - and this thing is great for records, and because it's gain is so solid it's an excellent pre amp for quiet recordings and quiet on-line stuff (like Heroes at NBC.com). Detail, detail, detail, but the overall sound is not fatiguing. Powerful too: tall images, excellent bass, and outstanding mid and high clarity. No hash and no buzz and very quiet. On movies, like Howl's Moving Castle, when you're inside Howl's castle the detail and layer of sound is intoxicating. It would be great if it had a good phono stage, but come on. At this price? And I have the option to re-upgrade one day to 5.1 surround. Lastly, it's quite handsome and elegant, and the add-on remote is handy. This is an oustanding audiophile preamp for a budget price. I love it and will be depending on this one for a long time.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $475.00

Purchased At:   audiogon



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

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Other have covered the virtues of this pre-amp quite well, so I am mainly writing this review to answer some questions raised in the weaknesses section of the last review.

1. The pre-amp does have separate 5.1 and stereo outputs, but the stereo and front outs are the same, at least with a multi-channel source, so you can connect to either. I have not verified this for a stereo source, but at the very least you should be able to connect your fronts to the stereo outs and not have to swap any cables to go from stereo to multi-channel listening.

2. The pre-amp does have a relatively high gain, but I just turned down the input sensitivity of my power amp to compensate. You should do this anyway, as attenuating at the power amp is better than attenuating at the pre-amp (i.e., lowering the volume control): in the former case losses between the pre-amp and the power amp are less significant, as a larger signal is present.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $560.00

Purchased At:   audiogon




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