Sonic Frontiers Line 2 Preamplifiers

4.07/5 (15 Reviews) MSRP : $3295.00


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Tube Preamp


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by F.Hutchins a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Purchased the Line2 used locally here in Vancouver B.C. This is my first tube pre-amp and have enjoyed it so far. I puchased this as a stock unit and was quite happy with the sound and feature set until I managed to damage it. Sent it to Parts Connexion (Chris Johnson former S.F. president) to be looked at and decided to have it upgraded to "SE+" version complete with new volume chips and related power supply upgrade. Not cheap, but well worth it. The difference is amazing to say the least. Overall improvements include: dynamics, low end depth and tighter bass, mid-range clarity to die for female voices (male as well) are so natural and unforced, great high freq extention no fatigue what so ever.
This is a gem of a pre-amp and will remain in my system for quite some time.

Associated equipment:
S.F. Line2 SE+ upgrade
Odyssey Audio - Extreme Mono SE+ (mono blocks)
Cary CD308 (CD player)
Sony 333ES (5 disc CD/SACD player)
Paradigm Studio Ref. 60V2 (full range floor stand speakers)
Paradigm Servo 15 (Sub woofer)

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Private sale



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by F.Hutchins a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Purchased the Line2 used locally here in Vancouver B.C. This is my first tube pre-amp and have enjoyed it so far. I puchased this as a stock unit and was quite happy with the sound and feature set until I managed to damage it. Sent it to Parts Connexion (Chris Johnson former S.F. president) to be looked at and decided to have it upgraded to "SE+" version complete with new volume chips and related power supply upgrade. Not cheap, but well worth it. The difference is amazing to say the least. Overall improvements include: dynamics, low end depth and tighter bass, mid-range clarity to die for female voices (male as well) are so natural and unforced, great high freq extention no fatigue what so ever.
This is a gem of a pre-amp and will remain in my system for quite some time.

Associated equipment:
S.F. Line2 SE+ upgrade
Odyssey Audio - Extreme Mono SE+ (mono blocks)
Cary CD308 (CD player)
Sony 333ES (5 disc CD/SACD player)
Paradigm Studio Ref. 60V2 (full range floor stand speakers)
Paradigm Servo 15 (Sub woofer)

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Private sale



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by paulwbranner a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I'll make short and sweet.
This is a entry level pre-amp. Even though the price doesn't reflect that. Nice build quality. Handsome to look at and that's about it.
Very thin in dynamics and has no weight to the presentation. This is for the hobbyist just starting out on this journey. If for some reason you listen to ARC or CJ products. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!!! You will be pissed off. If you don't believe me, email me and I will give you the 411.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by pangl a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2005

Bottom Line:   
The power supply's transformer smoked by itself for no reason after a month of use, and toasted numerous parts in the main unit. 4 weeks of downtime, $350 bill, shipping to Canada. What a disaster.

Of all 40+ preamps I owned, only 3 ever choked on me. My 1st LINE 3 (also my very first preamp) was an refurb sham from Kevin Deal @ Upscale Audio - even I paid full price - and went thru 3 weeks of hell to get an working unit. The 2nd was Krell PMA3 (I think, the dual mono one with dual external power supplies) - it was an DOA from an dishonest eBay seller. The 3rd one is this Line 2.

DOn't expect the sweet sound from this 6922 based tube preamp. I think $1500 is way overpriced. Go with Audio Research. You can't go wrong.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon.com



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

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Unreliable piece of junk!!! The unit could not get out of the "mute" mode 75% of the time. It has been serviced twice by Sonic Frontier. Unfortunatelly, the people AT SF are clueless!!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $3000.00




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