Spectral DMC-12 Preamplifiers

4.83/5 (6 Reviews) MSRP : $3195.00


Product Description

2 channel preamplifier


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gene Muszak a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Summary:
I have had my DMC-12 for over 10 years, and for $3500 (US)it is among the best preamp you can buy. Indeed the longevity of the model is testament to that; Spectral has not had an upgrade to the DMC-12 since they released it. I have only heard glowing reviews regarding the DMC-12, and I have to go along with everyone else praising its sonic qualities.

After I moved to a larger apartment the Spectral DMC 12 & DMA 90 reached new heights. I'm not sure what made my jaw drop, the Spectral or my realization of how good the Martin Logan Aerius are.

Perhaps there is a synergy between the Spectral and electrostatics but my modest system is superior to many dealer's listening rooms costing much much more. The next item I will upgrade are my speakers, and the choice I make may force me to upgrade to a DMC 20 or 30 and a DMA 160. But changing the Spectral simply for the sake of change doesn't make any sense.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $3195.00

Purchased At:   Audio Concepts



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

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2003

Bottom Line:   
One of the most best pre-amplifiers.

The DMC is connected with a Plinius SA 102 power amplifier.
Sources are
Levinson 390s CD processor and a Transrotor Fat Bob S analogue-deck.

In the past I've tried several pre-amplfiers. The combination with the Plinius is wonderful

Music, music, music, music and music!!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $2750.00

Purchased At:   audio retailer



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

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Quite an amazing product, very detailed and smooth with a huge soundstage. Very accurate imaging and a solid build. If you are a fan of that Wilson Audio sound, ie accuracy and detail above all else, this would be the preamp for you.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tasos kotsikonas a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 12, 1999

Bottom Line:   
It took me a mere 10 minutes of home auditioning of this
masterpiece, to replace my ARC LS-3 preamp. The size
of the soundstage is astounding; this preamp stayed with
me for 18 months and was just replaced by the DMC-20 S2.

The DMC-20 is eventually the most spectacular and
transparent preamp I have listened to, and overpowers the 12
with its diamond-cut precise imaging and detail. The
DMC-12 has got to be the best bargain in the high end
today. Its only weakness is lack of ultimate detail.

Overall it's a spectacular preamp. I compared it
with Jeff Rowland, Krell and ML gear at double the
price and the choice was obvious to me.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 20, 1999

Bottom Line:   
The one of the best solid pre-amp. to the best of my knowledge(the others that I have ever had include Mark Levindon 26, Audio Research 2b and etc.).Matching with Spectral amp. is must. Otherwise you will get harshness in high.
Also to match with MIT/Spectral cables would help to get more details and
coherence from bottom to top in great deal.



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Duration Product Used:   an Audiophile




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