PRODUCT REVIEWS & AWARDS
|Modulus 1||Modulus 2C||Modulus 3A|
|Modulus 2A||Modulus 2D||L1 Line Stage|
|Modulus 2B||Modulus 3||S120 Amplifier|
Stereophile/83-J.Gordon Holt, “A Steal For The Money”.
High Performance Review/83-L.Greenhill, “Clearly the panel was enthusiastic about the Modulus. No other preamp at or near its price delivered such sonics, especially in the midrange”.
Audio Magazine/84-”For the determined audiophile in search of the best sonics, the Modulus could easily be the lowest cost component in an ‘ultimate system’. The dimensionality, depth of image and spaciousness were remarkable. WE ENJOYED THE MUSIC AND FORGOT REVIEWING”.
The Absolute Sound/85-M.Kuller, “A Very Impressive Preamp”.
Stereo Sound-Japan/85-”Outstanding Sonic Performance”.
Sensible Sound/86-J.Horan, “Here is a reasonable priced product that didn’t fall apart in a week, didn’t make rude or dangerous noises, worked as advertised and was even well built”.
Hi-Fi Heretic/87-”ONE OF THE TEN BEST BUYS IN AUDIO”.
International Audio Review/88-Moncrief, Class 1A Award, “THE LEAST EXPENSIVE PREAMP YOU AND YOUR MUSIC CAN BE HAPPY WITH FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE”.
Hi-Fi Heretic/88-”ONE OF THE TEN BEST BUYS IN AUDIO”. (Repeat)
Sounds Like Magazine/89-Reina, “At $895 Buying One Is Almost Grand Larceny”.
Suono-Italy/89-Molinari, “Excellenti Prodotti”.
Sounds Like Magazine/90-J.Jarvis, “The Michael Jordan Of Amplifiers”.
New York Magazine/90-D.Denby, “Super Sound Issue” (Author’s Reference Preamp)
Hi-Fi Heretic/90-”It Makes a Strong Case for Being the Best Value Component in Audio”.
Hi-Fi Exklusiv/Germany/90-”It’s Reality! The Ultimate Musical Illusion”.
Suono/Italy/91-B.Moroni, “Ideal Preamplifier-No Functional Limitations”.
Audiophile Voice/91-D.Blackburn, “The 2D is the first affordable tube preamp I’ve heard that doesn’t compromise the music”.
Bound for Sound/94-M.DeWulf, “I’M NOT KIDDING-THESE ARE THE THINGS YOU HEAR ABOUT THAT HAVE ATTAINED CULT STATUS IN PERFECTIONIST AUDIO”.
Stereo/Italy/93-diMassimo Allia, “La Leggenda Continua-Fidelta Esoterica”.
The Absolute Sound/94-VOL.19, Issue 95-Chiarella, “And There Was Much Rejoicing”
Fidelta del Suono/Italy/94-”OSCAR AWARD” (Tube Preamplifier)
Sound & Image/94-Greenberg, “The M3 offers the sound and parts quality of a $5000 model at a reasonable price. If you still play LP’s it’s got one of the best phono stages at any price”.
The Absolute Sound/94-(Recommended Component)
Academy for Advancement of High-End Audio/95-(Nominee) Golden Note Award
Bound for Sound/95-”COMPONENT OF MERIT”
Hi-Fi Exklusiv/Germany/95-von Reinhard Wendmuth, (Test result “EXCELLENT-3 STAR RATING”)
The Absolute Sound/95-F.Doris, editor-(Recommended) “Component of the Year”
Rolling Stone Magazine/95-M.Fleischmann, (Recommended) “HIGH-END SYSTEM”
Stereo/Italy/96-”COMPONENDI DI GRANDISSIMO”
Fidelta Del Suono/Italy/96-A.Morotti, Selected for magazines “Hi-Dream System”
Sound Stage Magazine/96-”A Critical Component Worthy of a Fair Amount of Your Audio Budget”.
Stereophile/96-Vol. 19, #2-M.Fremer, “All this adds up to what is clearly one of the finest-sounding, best-built preamps in the world and the reviews from around the world reflect that.”
Bound for Sound/96-”COMPONENT OF EXCEPTIONAL MERIT”
Academy for Advancement of High-End Audio/96-(Nominee) Golden Note Award
Fi Magazine/96-Kaplan-(author’s ref. Preamp) “I Don’t Plan on Parting With It For A Long Time”.
Positive Feedback Magazine/96-Blackburn-(Author’s Reference Preamp)
Audio-Video Shopper Magazine/96-”Currently the Benchmark By Which Other Preamps (Solid-State or Tube) Are Measured”.
Times Digital/97-Kaplan-”Truly a Modern Classic, Makes Recorded Music Feel Like a Live Concert”.
Audio Review Magazine/98-”HALL OF FAME (Preamplifiers)
Audiophilia Magazine/98-(Recommended Component) “Uniquely conceived and executed, the M3a reflects one man’s vision of how art should imitate life, a feat the M3a manages like few others. With affordable full-function preamplifiers becoming as rare as a ‘57 Rothchild’, Audible Illusions should be applauded for continuing to develop and market the Modulus 3a, a superbly musical and highly affordable device capable of extracting the best from both analogue and digital sources.”
Fi Magazine/99-(Recommended Component)
Clube Audio Magazine/99-(Brazil) “Outstanding Value-Five Star Rating”
Stereophile/96,97,98,99,2000/April-(Recommended Components)-”CLASS A”- (Preamplifiers)
The Absolute Sound/2000-(#124) Recommended Components/Markwell, Single-Ended-Heaven
Sensible Sound/2000-(#82) Recommended Components/T.Lyle (Preamplifier)
Audio Review.com-a consumer review site-(Preamplifier)
ConsumerREVIEW.com CHOICE Award 2000 -(Audio Preamplifier)
The Absolute Sound/2002- (#138) Recommended Component
Stereophile/2002- (Vol. 25, #11)
Selected #31 of 100 Most Important Audio Products of Past 40 Years
The Absolute Sound/2012- (#223)
Selected One of 12 Most Significant Preamplifiers of All Time
The Absolute Sound/2016-Equipment Report (Dick Olsher)
An All-Time Classic Still Going Strong
“The L3A line preamp distills the best attributes of modern tube sound: swift transients, a detailed presentation, and natural yet non-euphonic textures. It is its insistence on the sonic truth that defines it as a true reference line preamp. The L3A’s ability to retrieve the music’s rhythmic drive and drama make it one of the most sonically persuasive line preamps on the market and one of the best I’ve auditioned over the years at any price. If your goal is to conjure up audible illusions on a grand scale, this is your preamp!”