Rogue Audio Sixty-Six Preamplifiers

4.6/5 (15 Reviews) MSRP : $1295.00


Product Description

  • All tube phono and line stage
  • Separate power supply chassis
  • Noble volume and balance controls
  • 5 input selections (CD, phono, tuner, aux 1, aux 2)
  • Power, mute, and record buttons
  • (2) 12AU7, (4) 6DJ8/6922 tube complement
  • Heavy-duty gold plated RCA inputs


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    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by kevin66 a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: January 24, 2003

    Bottom Line:   
    I first heard the Rogue 99 and thought it was awesome. So I bought the 66 figuring it would have pretty much the same sound but less extened. I was wrong. For the last 3 years I've upgraded everything in my system. I refused to believe it was the Rogue dragging my system down all this time. I'm afraid it realy is the worst example of tube sound. It's dark, the highs are rolled off, the bass is mush, and the details are just missing in action. To be fair I did hear this pre-amp sound good once. It was in a friend's system. He was using a Mesa Baron amp, some very cool Gallos speakers, a Oracle turntable and a solid state pre-amp I've never heard of before. All in all an excellent system, except it was so bright it could burn the paint off the walls. We popped in my Rogue and it was just what the doctor ordered. So if you have a very revealling and very bright system give the Rogue66 a try, everyone else stay away.

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    Used product for:   More than 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   1999

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   Northern Audio excha



    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Socrates a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: November 25, 2002

    Bottom Line:   
    I had high expectations for this preamp as being the missing link for my system and was let down greatly, which influenced my review and ratings of what is not a bad preamp, just not one that lived up to the hype in my system; which consists of:

    Von Schweikert VR3's
    Odyssey Stratos Amp
    MSB Nelson Dac
    Pioneer Elite CD carosel
    DIY Belden and DH Labs cables
    Monster HTS2500 Conditioner

    You read of many people touting the benefits of a tube preamp with a solid state amp as the best of both worlds, I found it to be the worst of tubes exemplified. I value a dead silent background, this pre was very noisey, with its hiss slightly audible from the listening chair, which obscured detail, as did its sharply rolled off topend. Great for a hot tweeter in a bright speaker, otherwise a bad thing. The bass was extended but soggy, midrange had magic typical of tubes but the overall presentation I felt to be synthetic, the SS pre's I put in place sounded more real, true to life is timber and just overall sound quality. The best feature of this preamp is its ability to layer 3D images, a very cool artificat, but for me its virtues did not come close to outweighing its vices, but I can see how some would be allured to some of the good qualities of this preamp. To each his own.

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    Used product for:   1 to 3 months

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2001

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Purchased At:   www.audiogon.com



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Spur a Casual Listener

    Date Reviewed: June 12, 2002

    Bottom Line:   
    This review is for the Magnum version. This is my first time entry into tube audio. I have heard so much about tube that I just have to try it out for myself. After extesnive research base on my budget of $1000, I narrowed down to either Rogue 66 or Blue Cicle BC21.

    I finally found an used Rogue 66 and then sent it back to the manufacturer for a complete makeover including the Magnum upgrade. I have been using Acurus RL-11 and I also own a Creek OBH-12. Both are a very decent SS preamp (see the reviews) but the Rogue just sound much better to my ears. I am not an audiophile so I realy can not describe it in audiophile terms. All I can say is that it gives my system a much warmer, fuller sound than before and it should because the Rogue cost twice as much as the Acurus.

    For a cheap (less than $500 used) SS preamp, I recommend the Acurus RL-11 or LS-11, or the Creek OBH-12 for a lot less. But for a decent tube preamp (if you can afford a little more), you can't go wrong w/ the Rogue. There are not too many of them on the used market so they might be a little hard to find.

    The rest of my stuff include:
    Acurus A-200 SS amp (great w/ the Rogue)
    Cambridge Audio D500 SE CD player
    Magnepan 1.6 speakers
    Goertz Alphacore MI3 speaker cable and an assortment of interconnects

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    Used product for:   1 to 3 months

    Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener



    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steve a Audiophile

    Date Reviewed: January 3, 2002

    Bottom Line:   
    This review is for the extra cost Magnum version which incorporates several upgrades.

    Having read several reviews of this preamp both online and in magazines, I was not certain what to expect from this unit. I had been using the SP9 for more than 13 years and had been satisfied with its performance overall despite its tendency to sound a little bright at times. I intended to search for a reasonably priced all-tube preamplifier to ease the hardness of most compact disks. I felt that the component I could live with would not have to surpass the SP9 in any other aspect, as it has always proven itself to be of reasonably high performance quality. The 66 Magnum fulfills this need and then some.

    Soundstaging, inner detail and microdynamics are much better served by the the Rogue. Bandwidth is also wider yet more controlled than that of the SP9 - which sounds slightly compressed in direct comparisons - yet the Rogue seems never to add or detract to the music. It's just doing what it's supposed to do without adding any sonic signature of its own. In fact, the preamp allows the subtle differences between the sound of different tube brands to be noticed quite easily, so if you buy this unit you might want to try something other than the Sylvania 12AU7s that come with it. So far, I've had good luck with Telefunkens and Mullards (I prefer the military version of the Mullard, but these are a bit hard to find).

    The preamp's one weakness is its phono stage. By comparison with the SP9, it is not quite as tight in the bass, and is a little too soft in the upper midrange. I have not yet experimented with different brands of tubes, but if I were to do it all over again, I would opt for the line stage version with the remote, and use my existing SP9 for vinyl playback.

    In all, though, I find this preamp to be a bargain at its price. You could spend more and get far less performance. Components in my system include:

    Rogue Audio Magnum 66 preamp with phono section
    Quicksilver Audio MS-190 tube amplifier
    Sony SCD-333ES SACD/CD player
    Rosinante Evolution Signature speakers
    SOTA Star Sapphire turntable/JH Formula 4 arm/Shure cartridge
    Velodyne ULD-12 subwoofers.

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    Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

    Product model year:   2001

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Purchased At:   Rogue Audio Direct



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Peter a Audiophile

    Date Reviewed: March 11, 2001

    Bottom Line:   
    this is a follow up to my original Review.It just better and better.I put in a Pair of Mullard CV 4003 and this little beauty just got much better.Its a argin.If you have never had tubes try this unit.You will be converted.

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    Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

    Product model year:   1999




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