Audio Equipment Reviews – Preamplifiers (Tube and Solid State)

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Emotive Audio Epifania Preamp Review

Emotive Audio Epifania Preamp Review

If you learn more about the Epifania, the design considerations and the evolution from its stablemate the Sira, via the Sira-LE, you’ll come to know that Epifania designer Fred Voltz genuinely felt that there wasn’t a great deal of opportunity available to improve upon the performance of the Sira-LE. At least not without….

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