Ayre KX-RPrice: $18,500

Website: www.ayre.com

Peter said: As for the KX-R, I can’t say enough good things. I believe it to be the most complete product Ayre has ever made -- a defining achievement for a company known for its string of audio achievements. The KX-R is an ideal reference tool for my life as a reviewer, and an ideal instrument for my audiophile passions.

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Read the Ultra Audio review.

The gist: One of the best preamps in the world, period.

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